Cocktails To-Go Toca Madera

Transforming an Immersive Cocktail Experience to a Cocktails-to-Go Program

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Cocktails To-Go Toca Madera

In these unprecedented times, the future of our most-loved restaurants and bars have fallen into question. Due to the mandated closures sweeping our nation, many establishments in the hospitality industry have closed their doors to the public or limit their offerings for customers purely for take-out orders. For many, the result has been a massive decrease in patronage. But for Charity Johnston of Toca Madera, business is booming.

Charity is the Global Beverage Director for The Madera Group. This organization develops, owns, and operates well-known restaurant venues throughout Southern California and Arizona, including the Toca Madera concept in Beverly Hills and Scottsdale. Despite their current success, the leadership team at the Madera Group wasn’t so hopeful right out of the gate. We sat down with Charity to inquire about how Toca Madera is handling the drastic changes and challenges in the industry.

Charity Johnson - Toca Madera




Charity Johnston has been behind the bar since age 21 and worked at various restaurants and bars in Los Angeles. Her first menu was launched at the opening of Roku, which she was awarded the 2016 Zagat 30 under 30 award for. She went on to work side by side with Gordon Ramsay on FOX tv’s The FWord, pairing cocktails to his creations. Following that, she was on bar rescue as John Taffer’s bar expert. Currently, Charity is the Director of Beverage for the Madera Group which includes Toca Madera and Tocaya.





How has your business strategy changed at Toca Madera during the COVID-19 pandemic?

At Toca Madera, we are all about the experience. From food and cocktails to decor and atmosphere, we rely heavily on visualization and extravagance. Before the pandemic, to-go service was never a part of our concept for Toca Madera. We took the first two weeks of the stay-at-home order to take a step back to visualize how we would execute this new service. How could we translate our modern vibe into take-out offerings while still maintaining our brand? We knew it was our duty to do something for our California and Arizona communities that we love to serve.

Thanks to the state of California loosening the reins on restrictions for carry-out cocktails, Toca Madera is now offering signature Azuñia Tequila cocktails available with food purchase. How did you decide which cocktails you were going to include on this exclusive menu?

We knew we wanted the cocktails we offered to follow the fresh, housemade, craft model of the Toca Madera concept. But the challenge was how to do this without spending a lot of money on a whole new business model, with a limited staff, and everything required to have a take out program like packaging, taking orders, and customer service. I started by going through our existing cocktail menu and cherry-picking the “Toca favorites.” Rather than reinvent the wheel, we decided to stick to those same recipes but allow our consumers to play a role in making their cocktail. Bringing the bar home.

How did you do that?

We knew that people in our communities were at home, and the majority of them were most likely looking for something to do. So, we figured we’d make our cocktails an interactive at-home experience. We had to consider what would translate to our customer’s at-home bar; most would not likely have a cocktail shaker or the quality of ice we use in our restaurants. So, we decided we’d educate our customers on how to put together their own Toca Madera craft cocktail.

First, we have a set schedule of when staff members will come in to prepare our fresh ingredients for our select cocktails, to ensure consistency and taste; this makes the base of the cocktail. Every to-go order has enough spirit to make two cocktails and Toca provides printed labels with the ingredients and instructions on how to build. And of course, a garnish is offered to give the cocktail the perfect finishing touch.

With Earth Day on the horizon, how is sustainability playing a role in your new business model?

During these times, cost consciousness is essential. We repurpose and reuse as much as possible. We’re recycling items that we have in-house like baggies and dry goods. The herbs we use, including thyme, cilantro, and mint, are all being used in both our cocktail and culinary programs. We still provide a garnish because a garnish is part of the experience, but now we use dehydrated limes instead of fresh. Not only do they look cool and have a lovely scent, but they are more efficient. Then there are other special touches, like a Tajín rim on the Amante Picante made with Azuñia Blanco, lime juice, agave, serrano pepper, and cilantro.

How is this new take-out program going?

The program is going well, and it’s growing. Pre-COVID-19, our beverage program was 50% of the business. Once we switched to take-out, we anticipated our beverage program would drop to 5%, 10% tops. But it’s 20%. People are ordering for virtual and at-home happy hours with their friends and family. Our customers have told us that it feels like they’re getting “Toca at home.”

We haven’t received any negative feedback so far. Just today, we had a customer place an order for six people–that’s 12 margaritas! We couldn’t be more thrilled. This experience has proven to us that every day brings something new, and you have to roll with the punches. Even though I’ve been in this industry for a long time (I won’t disclose HOW long), I’m surprised to find that I’m having just as much fun as I do behind the bar!

Why did you choose Azuñia to be the spirit of choice for your take-out cocktails?

I have a personal connection with Azuñia Tequila. I love the brand and the representation of farm and family, and this time is all about friends and family coming together. Even during order pickup, I’m noticing how kind people are to one another. That’s what Azuñia is all about. A bonus is that Azuñia uses organic agave, which stays true to our concept at Toca Madera.

Toca Madera To-Go Cocktails

If you are in the Los Angeles or Scottsdale areas, be sure to order these craft take-out Azuñia Tequila cocktails from Charity and the rest of the team at Toca Madera.

Calling All Bartenders

Are you feeling inspired to create your craft cocktail recipes at home? Then you won’t want to miss our #HomeIsWhereTheBarIs home-bartending competition, kicking off Tuesday 4/21/20, hosted by Eastside Distilling. Follow Eastside Distilling on Instagram to join the competition and to see both star and emerging bartenders compete with their signature home-bar cocktail creations.

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11 Flavorful Kombucha Cocktails for Tequila Lovers

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tequila kombucha cocktails on wood table

Are you focusing on your health but still want to enjoy delicious cocktails? We’ve got you covered! GT’s Synergy Kombucha — inspired by Mother Nature and known for its uncompromising ingredients — is the perfect ingredient to add to your favorite tequila kombucha cocktails.

Want to learn how to make kombucha cocktails? We have you covered with our collection of original tequila kombucha drink recipes that provide plenty of health benefits and flavor.

Benefits of Kombucha

A fermented tea, kombucha has been consumed for thousands of years. It contains probiotics, antioxidants, and cancer-fighting properties. Kombucha kills harmful bacteria that fight disease in the body.

Tequila is made from fermented agave, so it’s a perfect match with kombucha. Mixing these two powerhouses with herbs can make a wonderful balance-boosting imbibement that’s great for your health — and your tastebuds.

Azuñia and GT’s Synergy Make the Best Kombucha Drinks

Family-owned-and-operated GT’s Living Foods and Azuñia Tequila both boast authentic, traditional production methods. “Honestly authentic” and handcrafted using 100% pure Weber Blue agave Azuñia’s premium tequilas pack authenticity, tradition, and depth-of-flavor.

Inspired by Mother Nature, GT’s Kombucha has stayed true to the authentic brewing process of this sacred elixir for over 20 years.

Both products are organic and handcrafted in small batches in a slow process that is never compromised. GT’s #1 selling Kombucha is raw, and naturally effervescent, while all of Azuñia’s tequila undergo natural, open-air fermentation and bottling onsite to ensure consistency and field-to-bottle quality.

Try these fabulous tequila kombucha cocktail concoctions for at-home entertaining.

Rose Gold Elixir

tequila kombucha cocktail - rose gold elixirRefreshing and fruity, this zippy drink blends Azuñia Reposado Tequila with orange liqueur, cinnamon simple syrup, and Synergy Gingerberry Kombucha. Great for a healthy brunch, this fruity drink will add a refreshingly delicious zing to your day.


  • 1.5 oz. Azuñia Reposado Organic Tequila
  • 0.5 oz. Orange Curacao
  • 1.0 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 0.75 oz. cinnamon simple syrup
  • 1.5 oz. Synergy Gingerberry Kombucha 
  • 3 fresh blueberries and lemon wheel for garnish


  • Shake first 4 ingredients with ice.
  • Strain and pour into glass.
  • Top with kombucha.
  • Garnish with 3 fresh blueberries and lemon wheel.
  • Glass: Rocks or Collins glass

Honey Nectar Healer

tequila kombucha cocktail - honey nectar healerFeel a cold coming on? This spicy and comforting drink featuring lemon, honey, and ginger kombucha will help you kick whatever’s ailing you!


  • 2 oz. Azuñia Anejo
  • 0.5 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 0.5 oz. honey syrup
  • 2 oz. Synergy Gingerade
  • Fresh mint sprig for garnish


  • Shake first 3 ingredients
  • Strain and pour into glass.
  • Top with kombucha.
  • Garnish with fresh mint sprig.
  • Glass: Rocks or Collins

Berry Kombucha Margarita 

tequila kombucha cocktail - berry kombucha margaritaThis berry kombucha margarita is a refreshing twist on a classic margarita. Tart and sweet, it’s perfect with or without a salted rim.

Vanilla Chai Winter Warmer

tequila kombucha cocktail - vanilla chai winter warmerPerfect for cold winter nights, the Vanilla Chai Winter Warmer expertly combines into an indulgent drink you’ll love to sip on in front of the fireplace.


  • 2 oz. Anejo Tequila
  • 0.5 oz. vanilla liqueur (Giffard makes a great one)
  • 0.5 oz. heavy cream
  • 2 oz. Synergy Third Eye Chai kombucha


  • Shake first 3 ingredients with ice.
  • Strain and pour into glass.
  • Top with kombucha.
  • Glass: Rocks or Collins glass

Kombucha Karmeleon 

tequila kombucha cocktail - kombucha karmeleonSometimes the simple things in life are best, like this unrefined tequila kombucha cocktail. Make it your very own by choosing the flavor and fruit of your liking.

Mango Mood

tequila kombucha cocktail - mango moodFruity and spicy, the Mango Fiery boasts the benefits of kombucha while being uncompromising, sophisticated, and simple.


  • 1.5 oz. Azuñia Reposado Tequila
  • 0.75 oz. Ancho Reyes Liqueur
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 0.5 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 oz. Synergy Mystic Mango Kombucha
  • Lime wheel for garnish


  • Shake first 4 ingredients
  • Strain and pour into glass.
  • Top with kombucha.
  • Garnish with a lime wheel.

Strawberry Basil Serenity

tequila kombucha cocktail - strawberry basil serenityA refreshing twist on a strawberry mojito, our Strawberry Basil Serenity with Blanco Tequila, Synergy Strawberry Serenity, and muddled basil and strawberries is lip smackingly-delicious.


  • 1.5 oz. Azuñia Blanco Tequila
  • 1 oz. Fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 muddled strawberry
  • 3 muddled basil leaves
  • 1 oz Synergy Strawberry Serenity
  • Strawberry slice or basil leaf for garnish


  • Muddle strawberry and basil leaves and place into a shaker
  • Shake first 5 ingredients.
  • Strain, and pour into glass.
  • Top with kombucha.
  • Garnish with strawberry slice or basil leaf.
  • Glass: Martini or Rocks

Tequila Tangerine Dream

tequila kombucha cocktail - tequila tangerine dreamCitrusy St. George Bruto Americano is combined with Azuñia Reposado, tart lemon juice, sweet wildflower honey syrup, and tangerine kombucha to make this sweet and tart concoction.


  • 1.5 oz. Azuñia Reposado Tequila
  • 0.5 oz. St. George Bruto Americano
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 0.5 oz. 2:1 wildflower honey syrup
  • 1.5 oz. Tangerine Kombucha
  • Pinch of salt
  • Tangerine/clementine wheels and edible flower for garnish


  • Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice.
  • Shake for 15 seconds.
  • Pour into glass.
  • Garnish with tangerine/clementine wheels and edible flower.
  • Glass: Rocks or Collins glass

Kombucha Paloma

tequila kombucha cocktail - kombucha palomaGingery and tart, this kombucha version of a paloma hits the spot any time. Rub the rim of the glass with a grapefruit wheel and dip it in salt for an added punch.

Guava Kombucha Margarita

tequila kombucha cocktail - guava kombucha margaritaThis gorgeous margarita boasts beauty and probiotic benefits. What more could you ask for? You’ve simply got to try this divine drink!


  • 1 oz. Azuñia Añejo Tequila
  • 1 oz. triple sec
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 1 oz. guava puree
  • 2 oz. GT’s Guava Goddess Kombucha (but other fruity flavors are good too!)
  • Lime wheel for garnish


  • Pour first 4 ingredients in a shaker with ice.
  • Add the kombucha and shake lightly.
  • Pour into a glass rimmed with salt.
  • Garnish with a lime wheel.
  • Glass: Rocks or Collins glass

Easy Mango Kombucha Margaritas

tequila kombucha cocktail - easy mango kombucha margaritaPerfect for parties, this fresh and fruity mango kombucha margarita recipe boasts only 4 ingredients. It’ll take you to paradise!

Mix Tequila Kombucha Cocktails Any Time 

Pretty soon you’ll be able to buy Azuñia tequila and get it shipped directly to your door, so you can mix up any or all of these tequila kombucha cocktails at any time. Sign up to be on the list to be the first to know when our online shop launches!

Celebrate with the Best Tequila Holiday Cocktails

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The holidays are upon us, and what better way to celebrate than indulging in delicious tequila holiday cocktails? From Thanksgiving and holiday-inspired imbibements to refreshing, sunshiney drinks for after the New Year, our winter cocktail selections are perfect for the occasion. 

Spice up your parties and gatherings with these tequila holiday cocktails that are sure to leave everyone feeling jolly. Happy holidays from Azuñia!


It’s time for sweaters, boots, and crisp autumn breezes. Who doesn’t love the fall season? It calls for aromatic fall flavors like pumpkin, apple cider, apple, ginger, pomegranate, and pear. Below are our fave fall cocktails:

Thankfully Smashed  

Made with cranberry, fresh sage leaves, Cranberry Hibiscus Element Shrubs, and Azuñia Reposado organic tequila, this enticing cocktail pairs perfectly with your turkey feasts. You’ll be thankful for all the wonderful things in your life.

Pumpkin on the Piazza 

If you love pumpkin, you’ll simply adore this luscious fall-inspired drink. Made with the “World’s Best” Reposado tequila, Amaro Montenegro, pumpkin puree, and a squeeze of fresh lemon, it’s pure indulgence. Add a dollop of homemade whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon to top it off right!

Thanksgiving Margarita 

Festive and pretty, this autumn-inspired margarita is the perfect refreshing alternative to a classic margarita. With silver tequila, orange liqueur, fresh lime juice, and cranberry juice, it’s a perfectly potent cocktail to sip and be merry!

Thanksgiving Sangria 

Thanksgiving is the ideal time to enjoy this versatile Ultimate Tequila Sangria. You can customize it as White, Red, or Rosé depending on your guests’ tastes (and yours). With a base of fresh fruit, wine, and liqueur, the addition of Azuñia tequila is a rich, colorful combination that’s sure to impress.

Mexicali Mule

Move over traditional mule – there’s a new spunky drink in town! If you love Moscow Mules, try our version that trades in vodka for Azuñia Blanco organic tequila. Ginger beer and Angostura Bitters give the cocktail its buzz and its bite. Serve it up in a copper mug with a lime wedge! 

Toddy Blossom

Feeling chilly or under the weather? Warm up with the comforting tequila winter cocktail. Made with Azuñia Reposado organic tequila, elderflower liqueur, Azuñia agave syrup, hot water, and all-powerful lemon, the Toddy Blossom will help you feel fabulous in no time.

Penicillin #2

Need a soothing recipe when you’re feeling run-down? This cocktail is at your rescue – it features Azuñia Reposado organic tequila, honey, ginger, and lemon. Just what the doctor ordered this season! 


The holiday season invokes feelings of warmth and togetherness. It’s the time of year for baking with friends and family – flavors like peppermint, cranberries, cinnamon, and chocolate fill the air. These tempting seasonal flavors can be enjoyed during the holidays and throughout the entire year!

Añejo Manhattan 

The holidays in New York are magical! Our version of a traditional Manhattan, the elegant Añejo Manhattan will carry you away with reminiscence. Sweet vermouth, bitters, and garnish of a brandied cherry complements the richness of the tequila. 

Vintner’s Vonderland 

Refreshing and lively, this iconic cranberry concoction is perfect for those winter nights. It’s made with Azuñia Blanco organic tequila, a little sherry, homemade cranberry syrup, and a bit of spiced apple cider.

Red Velvet 

While it’s a lovely dessert drink, the Red Velvet can be served all evening long. Sweet, smooth, and simple, it’s a twist on a traditional Manhattan with only 3 ingredients: aged Azuñia Añejo tequila, vermouth, and Apertivo Select.

Peppermint Patty 

Who doesn’t love minty hot chocolate during the holidays? Steaming hot chocolate is layered with Azuñia Blanco organic tequila and Peppermint Schnapps and finished with candy cane pieces and whipped topping. Yum!

Azuñia Black Tequila
This estate-crafted, deep amber-colored sipping tequila is the perfect gift for the true connoisseur. Bold, distinct and artfully crafted, our signature Añejo tequila comes with a leather bracelet and silver coin. 

Butter Me Up

A yummy after dinner drink perfect for celebrations, this lip-smacker is made with Azuñia Añejo tequila, rum, spices, and homemade hot-buttered batter. It’s a real crowd-pleaser you and your guests will love.

Gingerbread Martini

No tequila holiday cocktail roundup would be complete without this decadent wintery cocktail. Azuñia Reposado organic tequila, Tuaca, and real ginger syrup intertwine to create a martini masterpiece. Top with whipped cream and it’s sure to impress.


The month of January often gets a bad rap. It’s cold, dreary, and snowy. But it doesn’t have to be dismal when you’ve got bright flavors like champagne and citrus to carry you through the winter months!

Greater Roadrunner 

January calls for some much-needed sunshine, and this sophisticated cocktail fits the bill! This simple tequila cocktail is concocted with Azuñia Reposado organic tequila, bright, citrusy Orange Curacao, and fresh lemon with a little smoke of mesquite honey syrup added for good measure.

Lemon Hills 

Created by Jason Asher of Barter & Shake, this herbaceous tequila cocktail combines Azuñia Blanco organic tequila with gin, basil, and yellow bell pepper. The result is a refreshing beat-the-January-blues treat!

Azuñia Organica Skinny Margarita

If you’re like most of us, you’re focusing on health goals at the beginning of the year. Love margaritas but hate the calories? You’re in luck – this Organica ultimate skinny version boasts only 129 calories. And it’s the best part is that it’s light on calories, but definitely not on taste.

Jalapeño Business

January calls for spiciness, and this incredible concoction doesn’t disappoint! We partnered with our friends at Cutino Sauce Company to create a dynamic drink with Blanco tequila, gin, orange liqueur, and homemade cranberry-infused agave nectar. Oh, and don’t forget the Cutino Jalapeño hot sauce!

Bring your friends and family together this holiday season with Azuñia estate-crafted tequila. Find a bottle at your local store, and you’ll be on your way to entertaining with ease and spreading holiday cheer! 

6 Ways to Celebrate Organic Month + Organic Cocktail Recipes

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September is National Organic Month, and there’s no better time to discover and celebrate all things organic. And we’re not just talking about food—organic ingredients in cocktails are often more flavorful and help to preserve environmental integrity. 

In 1992, the Organic Trade Association declared September as the ideal month to encourage people to learn about growing and eating organic. The goal of National Organic Month (also known as Organic Harvest Month) is to bring awareness to the value of organic agriculture. It’s a great time to find all kinds of local organic produce and products, particularly at farmers markets. 

Fortunately, farm-to-table has expanded to the bar. Organic spirits offer a new level of purity to a sustainable lifestyle. If you care about the ingredients in your cocktails, our award-winning organic tequilas are ideal additions for stellar organic drinks you’ll fall in love with. Here’s a round-up of cocktails made with natural ingredients to celebrate National Organic Month and drink organically year-round:

Tip 1: When it comes to an organic lifestyle, less is usually more.

Just like with food, organic cocktails have fewer ingredients than non-organic ones, especially when they contain pre-made drinks and mixers. Keep it simple with the Azuñia Organica, our honestly authentic, endlessly inventive expression of an organic skinny margarita recipe. Made with Azuñia Blanco or Reposado USDA Certified Organic Tequila, organic 100% agave syrup, and fresh lime, this refreshing cocktail is less than 150 calories but big on taste. Having a party? Make this recipe ahead of time in batches and pour over fresh ice to keep the party going all night long!

Do organic craft cocktails sound more appealing? Try the Agave Maize, a unique popcorn cocktail inspired by the standby bar snack. Featuring Azuñia Blanco organic tequila, house-made pineapple syrup, fresh lemon juice, and an heirloom popcorn reduction, this masterpiece can be made with all-organic ingredients. It’s the perfect combo of sweet and salty!

Tip 2: When you mix your drinks yourself, you know exactly what’s in them.

It’s easy to make your own homemade infusions, syrups, etc. This way, there’s no second-guessing if you and your guests are imbibing sustainably. Our herbaceous Lemon Hills cocktail is an impressive example—choose organic yellow bell peppers to make the syrup, along with muddled organic basil. Created by cocktail expert Jason Asher of Barter & Shake, the sweet and savory Lemon Hills is fantastic for summer happy hour or enjoyed at a pool party.

Tip 3: If you’re using any pre-made ingredients, be sure to do your homework.

It’s essential to learn about companies’ farming practices and commitment to sustainability so you can be sure you’re making the right ingredient choices. A prime example is the Que Bueno—it features Q Tonic Water, a product that’s produced by ensuring the company’s highest standards and is verified non-GMO and certified kosher. Sip this genuinely lovely apricot tequila cocktail with good company and delicious food!

Bright and beautiful, the Path to Righteousness gets its gorgeous green hue from Chartreuse, the only liqueur in the world with a completely natural bright green color. This delightful celery cocktail masterfully blends Azuñia Blanco organic tequila with simple syrup, lemon juice, and organic celery juice to create a unique brunch table treat. 

Tip 4: When you’re making drinks with wine or mixers, choose organic.

Fortunately, numerous organic options for wine and beer are readily available these days. The bonus to incorporating all-organic wine in tequila cocktails? You can potentially limit headaches and hangovers for your guests and customers. Sangria cocktail recipes may include white wine, rosé, champagne, beer, and our favorite spirit, tequila. Among our favorite Sangria with Tequila recipes is the Honeydew and Kiwi White Sangria Cocktail. 

Save time without sacrificing taste or quality with organic mixers. Try our favorite USDA-certified organic cocktail mixers from Agalima for a no-fuss, delicious Bloody Maria, refreshing Tequila Mule, or a Pure Pineapple Margarita.

Tip 5: Make cocktails your own with local ingredients.

When you don’t have to travel far for the components of your drinks, you’ll reduce your carbon footprint by up to 7%. When made with local orange blossom honey, our Vera Blanco is a refreshing way to indulge sustainably. For a delectable organic drink that’s perfect for the fall, try the American Pie—make it with your own fresh apples or buy fresh apple juice or cider at the farmer’s market.

Tip 6: Shop local and seasonal.

You’ll find bountifully fresh ingredients at your local farmers’ markets. You can make a tasty Bloody Maria mix using seasonal ingredients like heirloom tomatoes, crisp celery, and peppers to your favorite spice level. Add Azuñia Blanco organic tequila for a fantastic Bloody Maria—a tequila twist on the Bloody Mary that’s a great complement to Sunday brunch. For a fun and natural touch, use veggies that you pickled last season for garnish.

For a tomato and tequila drink that’s drinkable all day long, try the Secret Garden. Make it organic by using fresh basil and cherry tomatoes right from your own garden. Lighter and sweeter than a Bloody Mary, this tasty cocktail is a fabulous compliment to brunch or any meal.

Azuñia’s award-winning tequilas are ideal as the base of any number of excellent organic craft cocktails. You can buy Azuñia at fine restaurants, bars, and retailers across the country.