TASTY TEQUILA RECIPES
What better way to celebrate an engagement or wedding than with some tequila!!
Our expert mixologist, Cara Lynn Brady (who has been a bartender in bustling NYC for over 5 years!), has some great recipes. Here are her recommendations for some tasty tequila drinks to have the bartender serve at your wedding:
FOR THE NO FRILLS MARGARITA FAN
Classic Top Shelf Margarita:
I like this margarita because it doesn't use sour mix. Sour mix is essentially sweetened lemon-lime juice so replacing it with simple syrup and citrus juices makes for a much cleaner tasting margarita.
2 oz 100% agave silver Tequila (Patron Silver, Don Julio, Herradura, etc)
1/2 ounce Grand Marnier or Cointreau
1/2 ounce simple syrup
Splash fresh squeezed lime juice
Splash fresh squeezed lemon juice
Shake well with ice and serve in a glass with a kosher salted rim.
FOR THE ALCOHOL AFICIONADO
Even though this is a pretty potent drink, it's amazing flavor hides the taste of the alcohol.
Fill pint glass with ice and add:
2 oz Tequila
1 oz. Peach or Pear flavored vodka (my preference is Stoli)
Splash lime cordial (like Roses' Lime)
Splash sour mix
Fill one inch from top with Peach Puree Juice or Pear Puree Juice (match to flavor of vodka)
Add Champagne floater on top, filling up the rest of the pint glass. (can substitute club soda according to preference)
FOR THE HEALTH BUFF
2 ounces 100 percent agave silver tequila
Splash fresh lime juice
Drizzle of agave nectar
Fill the rest of the glass with half club soda and half fresh grapefruit juice
Stir and serve
FOR THE SPICY PEPPER LOVER
This can be done with anything from candy to fruit to herbs. I feel that it is best with hot peppers or an herb like cilantro.
Take 4-6 large jalapeño peppers, sliced into strips (without seeds)
And/Or a small bunch of cilantro.
Pour out some tequila from a 100% agave silver tequila bottle to make space and put in the jalapeños and/or cilantro and cap the bottle.
Soak from 6 hours to overnight until desired level of spice is reached.
Strain the tequila into a pitcher, leaving behind the jalapeños.
This can be chilled and served as a spicy tequila shot or used in place of regular tequila in any classic margarita recipe for a jalapeño margarita. Garnish the margarita with a jalapeño slice and a sprig of cilantro.
FOR THE MARGARITA CONNOISSEUR
This recipe is a bit complex, but is the perfect selection if you want something that tastes smokey and savory.
1 cucumber slice, muddled
2 oz. Reposado or Anejo Tequila.
3⁄4 oz. red pepper purée (made in blender or purchased)
1 oz. fresh lime juice
3⁄4 oz. agave nectar
Dash of orange bitters (or regular bitters)
Shake and serve in a glass with hickory salt or seasoned salt on the rim.
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