Best Bar Foods to Pair with Tequila

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The transition from summer to fall has begun – which means it’s time for the leaves to change, the temperature to drop, and football Sundays to commence. Although we look forward to a festive football party, our truly favorite aspect is the snack spread. When it comes to food pairings, we don’t discriminate. Beer and salty snacks like pretzels, peanuts, or popcorn may be “the classic”  bar food combos, but it’s time to upgrade to tequila-influenced noshes to fire up the fall season.

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Food makes any hour better – but especially a happy hour. With a cocktail in hand, a well-suited snack can set the tone for the rest of your evening. That’s why we recruited our top 5 favorite bar foods to pair with our favorite tequila. Let the countdown begin…

5. Queso AKA Flaming Hot Cheese

Flaming hot cheese. Need we say more? 

The Queso Flameado from Liquor.com is no ordinary cheese dip. With chorizo, diced green chiles, 2 ounces of tequila, and (of course) cheese, this queso dip is en fuego – literally. Once assembled, the dip is set ablaze. Once the flames subside, grab a chip and dive in! 

If you’re like us, there’s no such thing as too much tequila. So, if you were to enjoy a tequila drink along with the queso, we’d suggest a simple, yet perfect, pour of Azuñia Reposado organic tequila. Why complicate such an elemental taste sensation?

4. Pop To It

Next to pretzels, popcorn wins as the most classic bar food. The buttery salty goodness pairs with just about any drink from beer to tequila. In fact, tequila and popcorn pair so well that the Citizen Public House in Scottsdale created an heirloom popcorn infused cocktail. The Agave Maize is a cocktail and bar food combo that you’ll want to pop up at any hour.

3.The Sensible Choice – Ceviche

When you want to lighten up your happy hour, one of the best bar foods is ceviche. Chopped whitefish, shrimp, plum tomatoes, diced onion, and chili peppers marinated in lime juice make this a snack worth dipping. Ceviche fish is actually “cooked” in a process called “denaturation” whereby the protein structure of the seafood is altered (cooked) by the citrus.

Try it yourself with this easy ceviche recipe from Chef Joanne Weir paired with a classic tequila cocktail like the Paloma. We think you’ll agree that this light, bright citrus combo deserves its spot at number 3 on the list of the best bar foods – the tequila edition.

4. Jalapeño Poppers – Covers Spicy & Cheesy App Categories

Jalapeño Poppers are a snack staple, but sometimes you may not have a fryer handy. Now you can enjoy this cheesy appetizer in a whole new, easier way. Introducing the Jalapeño Popper DIP. A creamy cheesy dip with roasted peppers is everything we love about jalapeño poppers, but it’s easier to enjoy. 

We suggest lightening up the spice and cheese with the El Arnoldo. The spiked Arnold Palmer is refreshing enough to cut the heat of the dip and sweet enough to balance the spice.

1. Nachos Reign Supreme 

It’s no wonder why nachos have claimed the number one spot on our countdown. With crunchy chips covered with melted cheese, loaded with guacamole, and a plethora of other toppings, this layered bar food is ideal for sharing. 

While the recipe is simple enough, nachos are even more enjoyable when you let someone else cook them for you. Lucky for us, Thrillist scoured the nation and compiled the top 21 nacho suppliers in America to make sure you know where to fulfill your next nacho craving. To cool your taste buds alongside the “nacho average” best bar foods, try the simple Organic Skinny Margarita. Because “balance” is everything.

Still Hungry?

If this high of caloric intake is too much for you to bear, we have some healthier options when it comes to happy hour cocktails on our blog. Take a look at our recent blog posts for some veggie alternatives. Or better yet, sign up for our newsletter and never miss a tequila trend again.

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Coffee and Tequila Drinks: Rise and Shine

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Your coffee may be strong enough, but does it have enough spirit? Most of us are accustomed to our morning cup of joe. But your favorite caffeinated beverages shouldn’t be limited to just being paired with cream and sugar.

That’s where we come in.

You may have treated yourself to a Mexican Coffee, a drink commonly found on dessert menus, but we’re going beyond that. Whether you need an afternoon pick-me up, an evening boost, or are simply eager to take your wake-up call to the next level, we’ve got the unique and authentic tequila coffee cocktail recipes that you didn’t know you needed – until now.

Coffee and tequila have more in common than you may think. The rich history and cultivation process of tequila parallels that of the harvesting and roasting of coffee beans. But the similarities don’t end with harvesting. Coffee is roasted and tequila is produced in three broad levels – light (blanco), medium (reposado), or dark (añejo). Additionally, you can serve both coffee and tequila drinks heated or enjoyed over ice.  When comparing the two side by side, it’s clear that tequila and coffee are a perfect match.

Caffeinate Your Tequila

There are many options for getting a caffeine boost in your tequila, including DIY coffee liqueur. However, we know that time is a precious commodity – especially when it comes to getting your caffeine (and cocktail) fix. Store-bought liqueur works just as well in spiked coffee drink recipes. You can even sub out home-brewed espresso or coffee for the liqueur.

We understand that looking for recipes can be time-consuming, so we pulled our top recommendations for you. Try the Spiked Horchata posted by one of our Instagram followers. Or how about a coffee-spiked mocha margarita like the one featured on Qué Rica Vida. Our favorite coffee tequila drink gets to the Heart and Soul of the romance between the two beverages, paired with hints of cinnamon and clove. And hopefully, it will find its way into your heart too.

We’re All Jitters

Another similarity between coffee and tequila is you should drink both responsibly. When mixing up your caffeinated cocktails, we recommend that you stick to the recipe and start with one until you know how it will affect you. The only jittering you should be doing is out on the dance floor.

Perk Up

We hope these tequila cocktail recipes have you buzzing already. When you create your own tequila and coffee drink, be sure to tag us on social media to show off your concoction. Also, be sure to give us a follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Pick up a Bottle You can find Azuñia tequilas at fine restaurants, bars, and retailers across the country.

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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.

10 Boozy Milkshakes You Need in Your Life

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It’s the perfect time of year for creamy, delicious milkshakes—and adult versions featuring Azuñia Tequila are sure to be crowd-pleasers! Perfect for pool parties, cookouts, and warm summer nights, boozy milkshakes hit the spot anytime you want an indulgent, frosty libation.

We’ve got a lip-smacking lineup of grown-up milkshakes just for you! Check them out below:

Big Red Float

This easy and elegant drink is sure to impress your guests. Made with Azuñia Reposado—our award-winning tequila that’s rested in American Oak barrels for up to 8 months—the Big Red Float is a mouthwatering combination of cherries and vanilla. Ruby port, vanilla ice cream, cherry syrup, Lindeman’s Kriek Lambic Beer, and a garnish with fresh cherries team with Reposado to make a cherry-vanilla lover’s dream come true!

Root Beer Float

Nothing says summer like a refreshing root beer float, especially our adult version. This mix of Palo Cortado Sherry, bubbly root beer, creamy vanilla bean ice cream, and Añejo tequila is the classic treat that will take you back to endless summer nights. Top it off with some whipped cream for a fabulous foamy treat!

Kiwi Lime Pie Martini

Temptingly tart, our Kiwi Lime Pie Martini packs tangy flavors and a smooth creaminess you and your guests will absolutely love. Azuñia Blanco, vanilla vodka, kiwi syrup, pineapple juice, fresh pressed lime, and sweetened condensed milk are shaken with ice, poured into a glass, and garnished with a fresh lime wheel. So delectable!

Spiked Orange Julius

Talk about refreshing! This fresh orange frosty beverage combines Giffard Vanilla Liqueur, orange juice, whole milk, and simple syrup into a delectable summer sipper. Azuñia Blanco perfects this grown-up version!

Rum Raisin Milkshake

Do you love rum raisin ice cream? You’re in for a treat—our Rum Raisin Milkshake will satisfy your sweet tooth for sure. Combine Azuñia Reposado, Senior Curacao Rum Raisin, whole milk, and rum raisin ice cream and shake or blend. Garnish with some orange zest and some raisins to finish this delicious milkshake.

Miravalle Malted Milkshake

Looking for a chocolate lover’s dream boozy milkshake? Sink a straw into this combo of Azuñia Añejo, chocolate ice cream, Crème de Cacao, milk, and malted milk powder and prepare to swoon! Toss on a few malted milk balls for a fun garnish.

Mango Tequila Milkshake

Craving something fantastically fruity and boozy? This Mango Tequila Milkshake whirls together yogurt, mango sorbet, vanilla ice cream, and tequila for a dessert shake with a kick. Garnish this tropical delight with mango chunks and mint leaves.

Spiked Thin Mint Milkshake

One of your favorite Girl Scouts cookies gets a grown-up makeover with this Spiked Thin Mint Milkshake. Blend milk and cocoa powder, and then add tequila, chocolate and mint chip ice creams, and mint schnapps. Whipped cream and crushed Thin Mints make the ideal garnish for this scrumptiously-inspired shake.

Margarita Milkshake

Margaritas are made better with vanilla ice cream—this Margarita Milkshake will knock your socks off!  Blend vanilla ice cream, Triple Sec, tequila, and fresh lime juice, and you have a fantastic concoction to pair with nachos or tacos.

Leche Mexicana (Mexican Milk)

Milk does a body good, especially when there’s tequila in it. Made with tequila, Crème de Cocoa White Cream, and half & half, the Leche Mexicana is creamy and indulgent. Enjoy this sophisticated libation as a nightcap.

Who doesn’t love boozy milkshakes? Azuñia tequila is the perfect addition to your summer fun. Find out where to pick up Azuñia near you! Happy milkshake-making!

6 Sangria Tequila Cocktails You Don’t Want to Miss

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Tequila Sangria

One of our favorite ways to enjoy red wine is sitting in the sunshine with a glass of seasonal sangria. A rich, colorful combination of dry red wine, fresh fruit, and spices,  Spanish sangria first made its debut around 500 AD. However, sangria recipes have evolved quite a lot since then. Today, sangria cocktail recipes may include white wine, rosé, champagne, beer, and our favorite spirit, tequila.  

To start your summer off on the right foot, we’ve rounded up several of our favorite tequila sangria cocktail recipes. So take a look, pick your favorite, stir up a pitcher, and pour a glass.

The Ultimate Tequila Sangria Recipe

We find this tequila sangria recipe from Isabel Eats to be the ultimate, most versatile tequila sangria recipe – and our personal favorite. Customize the recipe  with complementary fruit for each tequila expression with our suggestions from Azuñia mixologist, Kailee Asher.

Base Recipe

2 apples, diced into chunks

1 orange, rind removed and diced into chunks

2 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1 lemon, juiced)

1 750ml standard bottle medium-bodied red Spanish wine, like Garnacha or Tempranillo

1/4 cup brandy

1/2 cup orange juice

Sparkling water, to serve (optional)

Variations:

White Sangria

Tequila: Azunia Blanco

Liqueur: Passoa Passion Fruit Liqueur (subbed for Cointreau)

Fruit: Peach, Pear

Citrus: Lemon, Lime

Wine: Sancerre

Rosé Sangria

Tequila: Azunia Reposado

Liqueur: Giffard Pamplemousse (subbed for Cointreau)

Fruit: Strawberries

Citrus: Cara Cara Orange, Lemon

Wine: Provence Rosé

Red Sangria

Tequila: Azunia Añejo

Liqueur: Cointreau

Fruit: Blackberries, Apples

Citrus: Orange

Wine: Tempranillo

Wheat Ale and Orange Sangria Tequila Cocktail via @FloatingKitchen

This herbaceous fruit cocktail from The Floating Kitchen, is a delightful blend of wheat beer, orange juice and liqueur, rosemary, thyme, and, of course, tequila. We suggest Azuñia Blanco organic tequila for this sunshiny drink. ¡Salud!

Pinot Rita Sangria Tequila Cocktail via @Katie_Clova (Wood and Spoon)

This award-winning sangria tequila cocktail from Wood and Spoon serves as the perfect blend of red wine and a margarita. Pinot Noir simple syrup is the base for this ruby red libation. Add Azuñia Blanco organic tequila, fresh lime, Cointreau, and rim the glass with margarita salt. Bottoms up!

Summer Sangria Tequila Cocktail via @TheFauxMartha

This nearly traditional sangria tequila cocktail from The Faux Martha was made for summer. Dry red wine, fresh orange, lime, strawberries, a dash of sugar, and a splash (or 3) of Azuñia Blanco organic tequila make up this sweet sangria. Pop on your sunglasses and enjoy!

Honeydew and Kiwi White Sangria Cocktail // via @FloatingKitchen

Lighter in color but certainly not flavor, this Chartreuse Chardonnay sangria tequila cocktail from The Floating Kitchen is delightful. Honeydew, kiwi and lime mix in with chardonnay, brandy, and Azuñia Blanco organic tequila. Finish it with a bit of fizz by adding club soda or seltzer, and you’ve got a perfect pitcher. Cheers!

Sangrita* {Margarita + Sangria Tequila Cocktail} via @OneSweetMess

There’s nothing messy about this simply sweet sangria tequila cocktail from One Sweet Mess. Its perky pink hue comes from slightly sweeter red wine, orange liqueur, fresh orange and lime juices, and Azuñia Blanco organic tequila. This cocktail is sure to liven and lighten up any party.

*In case you didn’t know,  “Sangrita” is technically a juice drink that uses orange, lime, and tomato juice as a palate cleanser when drinking tequila neat. In the case of the One Sweet Mess’ delicious drink featured here, it’s merely a play on words and fun name for a funky cocktail.

Sparkling Rose Sangria Tequila Cocktail // via @WithSaltandWit

This blushing beauty of a sangria tequila cocktail from With Salt and Wit is sure to brighten up your cocktail hour. Rather than using a dry red wine, this recipe calls for light Brut Rosé. Add fresh orange, lime, Azuñia Blanco organic tequila, and enjoy!

Thirsty For More?

If our sangria tequila recipe inspiration didn’t intrigue your palate enough, head on over to our cocktail page. With hundreds of recipes and a variety of ingredients in our searchable database, we’re sure you’ll find something to please even the most discernible tastes.

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Serving freshly made Sangria isn’t ideal. Give it at least an hour for the flavors and fruit to meld. 

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The Meaning of Cinco de Mayo

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Do you know the true meaning of Cinco de Mayo?

As it turns out, few do. It has been long rumored that Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of Mexican Independence. Many people use the date as an opportunity to overindulge in their favorite Mexican dishes. Some consider it a day best spent at the bars with a copious amount of tequila. With the date right around the corner, there is no better time to set the record straight on the true meaning behind this annual celebration.

Why Do We Celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

The meaning of Cinco de Mayo is literally translated to the 5th of May. Despite the rumors, Cinco De Mayo has nothing to do with Mexico’s independence.

The real Mexican Independence Day is celebrated on September 16th,  and commemorates the day that Priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla asked the Mexican people to stand up against the Spanish government. Cinco de Mayo is the date that honors the Mexican Army’s victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla.

What is the Battle of Puebla? Mexico had acquired some serious debt to several European countries during their annexation from Spain. Spain and England were able to negotiate debt-repayment with Mexico, but France, under Napoleon III’s rule would not back down. The country sent large numbers of troops into Mexico – thousands more than the Mexican Army. It was a surprise to everyone that on the 5th of May in 1862 they won what would be historically known as the Battle of Puebla.

How Should We Celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

Ironically, Americans celebrate Cinco de Mayo with more vigor than the majority of Mexico. The celebration exception is the town of Puebla, where the historical battle took place. Puebla honors the well-fought battle with parades, festive music, traditional food, and folkloric dancing.

Traditional Mexican chicken enchiladas with spicy chocolate salsa mole poblano. Enchiladas with sauce mole from Puebla, Mexico..

Celebrate With Traditional Mexican Cuisine

One of the best ways to celebrate any holiday is with traditional cuisine, which goes beyond ordering a plate of tacos and a fishbowl margarita. Honestly authentic Cinco de Mayo food is richer than that. Tastes include mole poblano, chalupas, and chiles en nogada. These iconic dishes are bright and vibrant, reflecting the colors of the Mexican flag; white, red, and green.

Commemorate Cinco de Mayo with our Organic Margarita Recipe

Cocktails are just as important as the food when it comes to an authentic celebration. The Orgánica is our honest expression of a skinny margarita and is a festive addition to any traditional celebration. Follow these easy instructions to make the simple, four-ingredient Orgánica margarita:

Get the Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Azuñia Blanco Organic Tequila
  • .75 oz Azuñia Organic Agave Syrup
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • Splash of water
  • Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker
  • Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and pour into a salt-rimmed glass
  • Top with fresh or dehydrated lime wheel garnish

Another classic favorite is our Margarita Auténtica. However, if you’re looking to expand your drink palate, we have some equally simple and delicious cocktail suggestions for you to taste.

Try the Tequila Negroni, a classic cocktail with a Blanco twist. Craving something a little fruitier? The Paloma is sure to satisfy. We also suggest the rich Amatitán Old Fashioned, a cocktail that is truly deferential to the history of Mexico. And for a glimpse at the beauty of our homeland, mix up a slightly spicy Sonoran Sunrise.

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Tequila Production isn’t just Good for Happy Hour, it can be Good for the Environment

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Tequila is a gift from the land. Legend has it that during a storm in Jalisco, Mexico, lightning struck and scorched a blue agave plant, resulting in a golden juice, dripping from the center of the agave. The curious Aztecs were bold enough to taste it, and it was then that our relationship with tequila began.

Folklore or not, the planet is a fierce provider – that’s why we call her “Mother Earth.” In the Spirit of Earth Day, we’ll show you how our organic blue agave tequila is made in this expansive space.

Changing Climate and Blue Agave Plants

Mother Earth gives us things like water and blue agave plants, the only two ingredients in Azuñia tequila. The agave grows slowly, taking 7 to 10 years to mature, creating a stunning landscape in the process.

The visual benefits of the acres of blue agave are not the only gifts. The blue agave plant grown for tequila production may save the world, one gene at a time. That might be a bit of an exaggeration, but scientists have recently discovered that the agave has a climate change resistant gene. So not only does this beautiful plant make tequila, it could hold the key to cultivating drought resistant plants.

However, the effects of climate change can potentially impact tequila production. Even though the blue agave plant has genes that make it strong, it’s not impervious to environmental changes.

What makes tequila “tequila” is a specific plant, grown in a particular manner, in a distinct region, harvested and distilled in accordance following strict guidelines. If hotter summers and colder winters affect the blue agave plant crops, there could be less of it to make tequila. We’re committed to making sure our fields are well-tended to keep them strong, healthy, and plentiful in the face of the ever-changing climate.

People have some power when it comes to climate change. If you want to help ensure that climate change doesn’t (at the minimum) take away your favorite libation, try these steps to reduce your carbon footprint.

Water in Tequila Production

Organic Tequila Made With Local Spring Water

Azuñia tequila is agave and water. That’s it. No additives. Nada mas. Water has a significant impact on the flavor and quality of tequila, which is why we use local spring water in the valleys of Jalisco, Mexico. It is so clear and pure that we could drink it right from the source.

Clean water isn’t just good for tequila. It’s essential to keep Mother Earth working happily and efficiently. To learn more about clean water’s impact on the world and not just tequila production, read this infographic from the Water Project.

Azuñia’s Organic Tequila Production

The highest quality blue agave plant and the purest water make top-shelf tequilas. That means we choose organic, whenever possible.

For produce to be certified organic, it must be grown without pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs.) The same goes for beverages, including those of the alcoholic variety.

For tequila production to be USDA Certified and BioAgriCert Organic, like Azuñia Blanco and Azuñia Reposado, a rigorous certification process must be followed. The regulations must be stringently adhered to, and food or beverage must go through an annual recertification process.

That’s great for you – knowing that your favorite cocktail can “go organic.” And that translates to some really good things for Mother Earth, too. Here are some tips for adopting a more organic lifestyle.

Make Every Day, Earth Day

We are grateful for our Madre Tierra and all that she provides for us. And it’s our responsibility to take care of her. Help Mother Nature every day, not just Earth Day, by reducing your carbon footprint, reusing, recycling, buying USDA Certified and BioAgriCert when you can.

You can also join us in taking the No Plastic Straws Challenge to help us eliminate the use of this single-use plastic.

Cheers to Mother Earth with your favorite Azuñia organic cocktail! Try some of our favorite tequila cocktail recipes, including the Orgánica. With only four ingredients, our honestly authentic take on the organic, skinny margarita is as pure and straightforward as our tequila.

Azuñia Orgánica

1.5 oz. Azuñia Organic Tequila
0.75 oz. Azuñia Organic Agave Syrup
1 oz. fresh lime juice
Splash of water
Fresh or dehydrated lime wheel

Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and pour into a rocks glass, rimmed with salt (optional.) Garnish.

How Sweet It Is – Cocktail Sweeteners by the Numbers

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Cocktail Sweetener - Bartender Mixing a Drink

There’s nothing quite like a refreshing cocktail to unwind at the end of the day. While our favorite liquor, tequila, is naturally low in calories at about 96 calories for 1.5 fluid ounces, the sweeteners used to add balance to your mixed drink can often pack quite the sugary punch. Artificial sweeteners and even regular cane sugar can add unnecessary calories to your diet, potentially presenting a whole host of sugar-related health problems.

Luckily, there are several other cocktail sweeteners (some of them much more natural than refined sugar) that offer many uses and benefits. Each sweetener has its own lengthy list of pros and cons with it comes to your health, but each holds a special place in regards to mixology.

Whether natural or artificial, sugar is vital for mixing a balanced, great-tasting cocktail. It can be hard to know how much sugar you’re consuming since sweet ingredients vary greatly in their sugar content.

Consider these sugar alternatives (and some easy cocktails you can try!) to shake things up a bit at the bar, and check out our handy infographic to find out how much sugar is really in your favorite sweeteners.

1. White Simple Syrup

Nutcracker Flip Cocktail Sweetener Recipe

Calories:39

Carbs: 10 g

Simple syrup is one of the most commonly used sweeteners, so you are more likely to find it on the shelf at your local bar. What is simple syrup? It’s not anything fancy, yet it’s the top choice of bartenders all around the world. This syrup is essentially a mixture of equal parts sugar and water that is heated until the sugar dissolves. It’s an excellent choice for classic sweetened cocktails with intense, sugary flavors. While it’s no better for you than regular sugar, it is a perfect choice for a wide range of cocktails.

Our Recipe: The Nutcracker Flip

This wintertime favorite incorporates Azuñia Añejo Tequila, Ron Abuelo 12 year rum, Nocello walnut liqueur, and a few other unique ingredients (like a whole egg!) to create a warming cocktail. It calls for .25 oz of simple syrup and is garnished with a dehydrated orange wheel and fresh nutmeg. Try the Nutcracker Flip recipe.

2. Honey

Honey as a Cocktail Sweetener

Calories:64

Carbs: 17.5 g

While you can use any kind of honey to sweeten a cocktail, clover honey is one of the most common because it has the least amount of other interfering, underlying flavors. It is not used in cocktail recipes by itself very often but can be substituted for simple syrup with a little bit of dilution.

The tastes of different kinds of honey will vary quite a bit depending on the species the bees were visiting, but keep in mind that honey is an excellent choice nutritionally as well as gastronomically. It contains protein as well as other trace nutrients. While the quantities of these nutrients are likely negligible, the nutritional value of honey is still higher than that of regular cane sugar.

Honey is often used as a syrup in cocktails by heating it and dissolving it with equal parts of water. It comes in low on the glycemic index and once it’s cut down with water, is even better for you. It’s a great choice in a citrusy drink, like the one we suggested here, in particular.

Our Recipe

This recipe brings together everything that is fantastic about late summer, from fresh lemons to ripe strawberries. For this drink, you’ll combine Azuñia Añejo Tequila with Lillet Rouge, Mesquite Honey Syrup, fresh lemon juice, a strawberry, and just a dash of Angostura. For more, check out our recipe for Raise to the Fraise.

3. Maple Syrup

Calories:53

Carbs: 13.5 g

Made from the sap of maple trees, maple syrup is often used as a cocktail sweetener, offering a large percentage of sweetness without the chemical taste of many other kinds of sweeteners. While it’s commonly used as an alternative to rich simple syrup, it is usually only used in cocktails that call for it specifically, as it imparts a strong maple flavor.

If you’re using maple syrup to sweeten your drink, you’ll want to use a darker syrup for a more molasses flavor. Although maple syrup is not necessarily better for your health than regular cane sugar, it is the source of several vital nutrients like calcium and zinc. It’s an excellent substitute for simple syrup in an Old Fashioned. Plus, maple syrup is about one and a half times sweeter than regular simple syrup, meaning you can use less of it to achieve an equally sweet taste.

Our Recipe

This drink takes the classic Manhattan and brings it west. You can use Azuñia Black tequila with about three-quarters of a teaspoon of fresh maple syrup. The only other thing you’ll add is four dashes of orange bitters, and you’ll have a refreshing drink that can be served over rocks. View the complete recipe for the Manhattan Goes Hollywood on TownandCountryMag.com.

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5. Agave Syrup

Calories:30

Carbs: 6 g

Agave syrup is one of the sweetest of all cocktail sweeteners and can be used as a substitute for simple syrup when diluted. It is an excellent fit for lemony cocktails in particular. Agave is also a popular sweetener for tequila because it’s made from the same blue agave plant.

It is low on the glycemic index, giving you all the sweetness of an artificial sweetener with fewer of the disadvantages. It has a very thick texture, so it should be shaken instead of stirred. If you’re looking for low sugar cocktail recipes, however, agave syrup is the way to go.

Our Recipe

Time for a classic margarita. This spin on the classic cocktail requires no sugar, as it gets all of its sweetness from agave syrup. You can use any type of tequila, but we recommend the Azuñia Blanco tequila. Besides the tequila and agave syrup, all you will need to add is some fresh lime juice and some lime wedges to garnish. Shake, pour over ice, and enjoy. For more information, view the full recipe for our signature cocktail, the Organica.

6. Brown Sugar Syrup

Different Kinds of Cocktail Sweeteners

Calories:52

Carbs: 13 g

Brown sugar is white sugar with a bit of molasses, so it can be a little less refined than regular cane sugar. Of all the cocktail sweeteners, this one pairs best with complex tones like those in coffee or herbal cocktails. It may not be much better for your health than standard cane sugar, but it can add a richer flavor so that you don’t need to use quite as much in your cocktail.

Our Recipe

This tasty, warm cocktail, known simply as Butter, brings together the mild flavors of Brown Butter infused Azuñia Black with Smith & Cross Jamaica Rum, Lustau Palo Cortado Sherry, brown sugar syrup, orange bitters, and more. It’s easy to make and is garnished with a dehydrated banana chip and star anise, giving it a tropical flair.

7. Stevia in the Raw

Kombucha Margarita Cocktail Sweetener

Calories:0

Carbs:5

A zero-calorie sweetener derived from the Stevia plant, this natural sweetener is about two- to four- hundred times sweeter than sugar. Stevia is a widely available herb and was used as a traditional remedy for stomach pains and burns. Now, it has been suggested that stevia has the potential to treat endocrine diseases, although more research is needed. It’s a great alternative to artificial sweeteners and certainly has its place in mixology.

Our Recipe

Kombucha is all the craze in the health food world these days, offering health benefits particularly regarding your digestive tract. This Kombucha margarita is a healthier take on the classic margarita, with a fizzy and tart flavor that creates the perfect summer cocktail. It uses stevia to taste (honey can be used as well) along with 3 oz of Azuñia Blanco Organic Tequila. Check the recipe out here.

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8. Splenda

Calories:0

Carbs: .5 g

Splenda is a popular artificial sweetener, also known as sucralose, that is about 600 times sweeter than sugar. This popular non-nutritive sweetener was approved for use in 1998 and is often found in commercially packaged foods. It stays sweet even when used at high temperatures, making it a good choice for baked goods or cocktails that need to be heated.

9. Xylitol

Calories:30

Carbs: 10.5 g

Xylitol is another natural sweetener, a sugar alcohol that is a derivative of xylose. This sweetener is produced from birch bark and corn cob. While it is a natural sweetener, it is harder to digest, meaning it could cause some digestive issues. That being said, xylose is low on the glycemic index, so it is often recommended as an alternative to sugar.

10. Coconut Sugar

Chia Margarita with Coconut Sugar

Calories:45

Carbs: 12 g

Coconut sugar is natural, made from coconut palm tree sap. It provides roughly the same number of calories and carbohydrates as regular cane sugar, but it contains less fructose and glucose than regular refined sugar. This means it can be slightly better for your overall health as it is lower on the glycemic index. With a taste similar to that of brown sugar and the coloring of caramel, coconut sugar can be used in most cocktail recipes where you would usually use sugar.

Our Recipe

Margaritas have never truly been regarded as a health food, but this cocktail recipe takes things to that exact level. The Chia Margarita uses chia seeds (rich in omega-3s) and Azuñia Blanco Organic Tequila as well as coconut sugar to sweeten it up. It’s a refreshing take on the margarita that won’t make you feel guilty about having a second or third. Find the full vegan cocktail recipe on onegreenplanet.org.

11. Yacon Syrup

Calories:39

Carbs: 10.5 g

Yacon syrup is extracted from the yacon root, which is indigenous to the Andes mountain region. This sweetener has been used by native people for hundreds of years and is sweet-tasting with a dark, thick consistency, not unlike molasses. Yacon syrup is an excellent source of dietary fiber and has fewer overall calories than sugar.

12. Molasses

Coffee Cocktail

Calories:61

Carbs: 15.7 g

Molasses, the South’s cocktail sweetener of choice, is the dark byproduct of the sugar making process. It has a unique, rich flavor that is ideal for sweet, dense cocktails. While there are several types of molasses, all of it is obtained from raw cane sugar. It is highly nutritious, mainly when purchased in its organic form, and contains copper, iron, calcium, potassium, manganese, and a whole host of other nutrients.

Our Recipe

The Reppoccino is a perfect job for molasses. This cocktail is a warming drink, adding a bit of heat and best served with a shortbread cookie. To make it, combine a shot of Azuñia Reposado Organic Tequila with a teaspoon of molasses. Note that this recipe traditionally calls for a sugar cube, which is roughly half a teaspoon of sugar. Molasses is an adequate substitute, giving your cocktail a richer flavor. You’ll also add hot black coffee, cinnamon, whipped cream, and other ingredients to give this classic cocktail an indulgent finish.

13. Karo (Light or Dark)

Calories:60

Carbs: 15 g

Karo is a commercially prepared syrup from cornstarch. Also referred to as corn syrup, it is usually the darker version of the product and can be used interchangeably. It is ideal in cocktail recipes where a delicate, sweet flavor is needed.

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What cocktail has the least sugar?

Coming in under 150 calories, we recommend theAzuñia Organica, an organic skinny margarita, made with four simple ingredients:
1.5 oz Azuñia Blanco Organic Tequila
.75 oz Azuñia Organic Agave Syrup
1 oz Fresh organic lime juice
Splash of water

Method
Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and pour into a glass. Garnish with an organic lime wheel.

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Cocktail Sweetener Alternatives

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Ready to give Azuñia tequila a try?

Sip Azuñia tequila neat or give one of these delicious cocktails a chance – and make sure you experiment with all of these alternative cocktail sweeteners. You’ll be able to enjoy your drink in style, without having to worry about the health impacts of artificial sweeteners.

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A Low-Calorie Blueberry Tequila Cocktail to Try

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Honey Blueberry Cocktail

 

Laura Crago, a Senior Instructor for SoulCycle and brand ambassador for Lululemon, shares her can’t miss vitamin-packed blueberry cocktail recipe for a healthier margarita that will have you leaping with joy.

I love tacos, great tequila, and even more so love a cold, perfectly shaken, 100 percent agave tequila to make a delicious margarita with! I recently tried Azuñia Tequila for the first time, and my lips were singing for more. I didn’t need to add a ton of sweet and sour mix. In fact, I didn’t add any! Instead, I mixed in my daily go-tos, shook them with ice and added a splash of my favorite club soda and – voila! The Honey Blue blueberry cocktail was born. I should mention that I was a bartender in New York City before my journey into the fitness world. Mixology was a passion of mine just so you know I’m not your average margarita drinker and this is not my only recipe.

Fitness Experts Blueberry Cocktail

Working out for a living – teaching 10+ high-intensity cycling classes a week –  means eating right is part of the job description, it’s survival for the fitness instructors, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a margarita from time to time. The key is what you’re putting in it. What are you putting in your margarita? How does clover honey, freshly squeezed lemon, blueberries topped with Q Mixers Club Soda for those perfect bubbles sound?! Well, let me tell you, it’s pretty tasty and has so many benefits to boot:

Blueberries —> High in Antioxidants
Lemons —> Beneficial levels of Vitamin C
Raw Clover Honey —> Clover honey has minerals, such as zinc, copper, magnesium, potassium, and manganese, as well as high levels of B vitamins, vitamin C, and calcium. There are 64 calories in a tablespoon of this honey, but no fat or cholesterol. Since there is no processing, most of these nutrients are fully retained. YAHOO!
Club Soda —> Unflavored carbonated water is hydrating, and I love the bubbles! Plus, Q Mixers doesn’t add anything but the carbonation and Himalayan salt to their club soda!

I believe in balance. Although it’s not always easy to find, it’s necessary, and therefore I think everyone should try this blueberry cocktail recipe and sip it slowly with some friends, tacos, and great conversation because if I’ve ever had a tequila drink that encouraged me to relax this is it.

How to make the Honey Blue Blueberry Cocktail

Honey Blueberry Cocktail

Ingredients:
2 oz Azuñia Blanco Organic Tequila
Handful Fresh Blueberries
2-3 Lemon Slices
1 tsp Raw Clover Honey
Splash of Q Mixers Club Soda
Rock Salt, for garnish

Method:
In a cocktail shaker, muddle handful of blueberries, 2-3 lemon wheels and clover honey to taste.
After ingredients are muddled, add plenty of ice and tequila.
Shake vigorously.
Strain mix into mason jar glass filled with fresh ice. Honey rim the glass and dip in rock salt for a nice salty sweet flavor.
Top with Club Soda, a few blueberries and lemon wheel. ENJOY!

If you’re more of a tequila sipper try my favorite way to sip.

Cragoʼs Cinnamon Orange Shot:
2 oz of Azuñia Organic Blanco or World’s Best Reposado chilled in a shot glass. (I prefer Blanco.)
1 Orange wedge sprinkled with cinnamon

Method:
Sip the tequila then eat the orange! YUM!

I encourage you to sip responsibly and remember that the cool thing to do is to sip and enjoy with friends and always have a designated driver.

Laura Crago's Honey Blueberry Cocktail

Find Laura in real life at SoulCycle La Jolla or on Instagram where she shares inspiration and motivation (and fun) for creating a healthy and balanced life.

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Azuñia Helps Eliminate 20,000,000 Plastic Straws

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20,000,000 Straws removed

Azuñia Tequila*, a premium, organic, estate-crafted tequila has now signed up more than 33,000 people in its rapidly expanding No Plastic Straws 365 Challenge.  To meet the heavy interest, the fast-growing, sustainably farmed tequila brand is adding to their initial pledge of providing a reusable, recyclable stainless-steel straw to the first thousand people who signed up by allocating hundreds of straws to future participants in the program, as randomly selected.

“The average American uses 1.7 plastic straws a day, so we thought why not go after that and see if we can just do better, join together on a fun initiative and make a difference,” said Azuñia’s Managing Director Joe Giansante.  “So far, collectively we’ve pledged to eliminate 20,000,000 plastic straws from use in 2019, and counting! If placed in a line, that is enough plastic to stretch from Los Angeles to Boston, and headed back to Chicago! Small personal changes can pay big dividends when we get together, and it really fits with Azuñia’s farm and family heritage.  Our brand is one of the few tequilas on the market that is organic, sustainably farmed and uses no chemicals or additives, so why not take it a step further with this effort.”

This voluntary grassroots initiative is aimed at bars, restaurants, and individuals eliminating the everyday use of plastic straws, or replacing them with a reusable and recyclable straw that individuals can carry with them and use as needed. The “365” represents the number of days in the year to reinforce the idea that making a small choice like refusing the use of one straw every day for one year can collectively make a significant impact.

Initially, Azuñia planned to give reusable straws to the first 500 people who accepted the “No Plastic Straws 365” Challenge, then increased it to 1,000 in November of 2018 when the response was positive as demonstrated through a steady stream of sign-ups. Since then, the campaign has taken off through Word of Mouth on social media and through communities and forums of eco-conscious bloggers and their loyal followers. Thanks to these tight-knit groups’ and individuals’ dedication to this cause, Azuñiahas over 33,000 sign-ups for the challenge to date, eliminating over 20 Million* harmful plastic straws from U.S. oceans and landfills.

Not only has the No Plastic Straws 365 Challenge taken off beyond expectation, so has the Azuñia brand, which has nearly doubled in size over the last two years. One of the main drivers is a hospitality industry application of the metal straw concept by providing straws to bars and restaurants as part of its signature cocktail program, the Azuñia Orgánica or Organic Skinny Margarita.  Made with USDA-certified Organic Azuñia Blanco or Reposado tequila, Azuñia Organic Agave Syrup and lime juice, the simple but refreshing and low-calorie cocktail is served in many locations, such as Tocaya Organica, with the reusable straw.

Azuñia Reposado recently won the “World’s Best” designation at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The 10-year old brand prides itself on being Honestly Authentic – staying true to its roots of farming the land properly, without additives, to produce the finest agave plants by a family owned farm on the slopes of Volcán de Tequila.  In fact, all four of Azuñia’s products – Blanco, Reposado, Añejo and Azuñia Black, its Private Reserve Extra-Aged Añejo have won multiple gold medal awards, most notably the prestigious spirits competition in San Francisco.

No Plastic Straws Challenge

For more information on the “No Plastic Straws 365” Challenge: https://www.azuniatequila.com/noplasticstraws365/

*Azuñia Tequila’s #noplasticstraws365 seeks to reduce the number of single-use plastic straws. On average, every person in the U.S. uses 620 plastic straws per year. That’s 620 fewer straws for every one person who accepts the #noplasticstraws365 challenge.

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https://www.facebook.com/azuniatequila
https://twitter.com/azuniatequila

About Azuñia Tequila

Azuñia is smooth, clean craft tequila with authentic flavor from the local terroir in every sip. It is the exclusive export of Agaveros Unidos de Amatitán and its second-generation, family-owned-and-operated Rancho Miravalle estate, which has created exceptional tequila for over 20 years. Made with 100% pure Weber Blue Agave grown in dedicated fields of the Tequila Valley, we harvest by hand and roast the organic agave in traditional clay hornos to ensure authenticity and depth of flavor. We then finish with a natural, open-air fermentation process and bottle onsite in small batches using a consistent process to deliver field-to-bottle quality. For more information, please visit https://www.azuniatequila.com. For media inquiries, contact Jenn Barber, jbarber(at)azuniatequila(dot)com, 760-331-7914.

Drink responsibly.