Monday, December 21, 2009

Festive Tequila Cocktails

Suzi’s Margaritas

I don’t use anything but the basics when I make a Margarita – tequila, triple sec, margarita mix and Roses Lime. I always use good tequila and do not mix in a blender. Put the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and pour. I serve margaritas up so the tequila doesn’t get watered down and is in its purest form. For this reason, I keep my tequila, triple sec, margarita mix and Roses Lime all in the refrigerator.

½ Cup 100% Agave Tequila - Reposado

½ Cup Jose Cuervo Tequila Mix

½ Cup Triple Sec

¼ Cup Roses Lime Juice

Serve in a cold glass (I keep mine in the freezer) with a salted rim.

Bloody Maria:
Note: Try the recipe for Uncle Dan’s Green Beans (in a previous post December 7th) as they are great in a Bloody, especially those made with 100% Agave Tequila.
2 oz 100 % Agave Tequila

1 tsp Horseradish

3 dashes Tabasco Sauce

3 dashes Worcestershire Sauce

dash of Lime Juice

3 dashes Celery Salt

3 dashes Pepper

Tomato Juice or Clamato Juice

Dash of Salsa

1 tsp Dijon Mustard (optional)

Pina Tequila Twister:

2 tablespoons Cinnamon

2 tablespoons Granulated Sugar

Lime wedge for rimming the glass

3 parts Silver 100 % Agave Tequila

3 parts Pineapple Juice

1 part Licor 43

1 part Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice

Dash Cinnamon Syrup

Combine cinnamon and sugar in a shallow dish. Rim a glass with lime wedge, then dip in cinnamon-sugar mixture. In a cocktail shaker, shake remaining ingredients and pour into the sugar-rimmed glasses over ice.

Manhattan Mexicano:

See my previous post on Navan, Navan is a vanilla-infused Cognac made by Grand Marnier.

4 parts 100% Agave Tequila Anejo

1 part Navan

Dash Sweet Vermouth

Dash Bitters

Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Pour straight up into chilled glasses.

These three drinks below are classic tequila cocktails for the holiday season. I love the Agave Kiss instead of dessert. Mistletoe Madness, named after an annual party my son throws every year is really good and very festive with the champagne. The Pomegranate Margarita is a nice variation on the classic cocktail.

Agave Kiss:

2 oz 100 % Agave Anjeo Tequila

1 oz White Creme de Cacao

1 oz double cream

1/2 oz Chambord

White chocolate flakes for rimming

Fresh raspberries for garnish

In a cocktail shaker with ice, add tequila, white crème de cacao, double cream and Chambord. Shake and pour into a chilled glass rimmed with white chocolate. Add a spear of fresh raspberries.

Mistletoe Madness:

1 oz 100% Agave Tequila

1/2 oz Triple Sec

1/2 oz Fresh Pomegranate Juice

Mumm Champagne

Pomegranate seeds for garnish

Pour the tequila, triple sec and pomegranate juice in a chilled Champagne flute. Fill with Champagne and garnish with pomegranate seeds.

Pomegranate Margarita:

2 oz 100% Agave Tequila - Reposado

1/2 oz simple syrup

Fresh Pomegranate Seeds

1 oz Fresh Passion Fruit Juice

Place pomegranate in the base of a cocktail shaker. Add all other ingredients and shake with ice.