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)


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. 



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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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)


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.

Azunia Blanco Bottle

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

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.

INFOGRAPHIC: Which type of sugar is best for cocktails?

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

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

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

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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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.

Stay In with 12 Valentine’s Day Cocktails to Make at Home

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12 Valentine's Day Cocktails Worth Staying in For

Looking for some fun Valentine’s Day cocktail ideas? Whether you’re having a party at home or staying in with your special someone, impress your sweetheart and your guests with Valentine’s Day cocktails made with Azuñia Tequila. You’ll fall in love with these delightful drinks that are fun, flirty, and delicious. Plus, they’re easy-to-make!

Ruby Rojo

Red cocktails are a must-have for your Valentine’s Day stay-at-home-date night, and we’ve got the perfect drink! The Ruby Rojo was created in celebration of Port Wine Day and named by an adoring Azuñia fan. This luxurious libation combines ruby port, Amaro Montenegro, and bitters along with Azuñia Reposado, an award-winning organic tequila that’s aged in American Oak barrels for up to 8 months. Toast your loved one with this classic and elegant cocktail in a dainty coupe glass.

Coffee Cocktail


The Reppoccino is truly a coffee and tequila love affair that will warm your heart and soul. Combining black coffee, sugar, and Reposado tequila, this cocktail is guaranteed to keep your night grooving. Whipped cream, a shortbread cookie, and a sprinkle of cinnamon make the Reppoccino a delicious dessert cocktail for a cold winter day.


The best things happen through Happenstance, including love and romance! A beautiful marriage of apricot liqueur, Yuzu, lemon juice, green tea syrup, and Blanco tequila. This award-winning tequila offers a hint of lemon, tropical notes, and light pepper. And don’t forget the orange bitters! Add a sprig of thyme for a fresh note. You’ll both love this delightful green cocktail on your at-home V-day date night.

Raise to the Fraise

Valentine’s Day is the ideal day for yummy pink cocktails—and strawberries! It may not be strawberry season, but the refreshing Raise to the Fraise is always an excellent choice to indulge in with your honey. This fruity cocktail is made from mesquite honey syrup, muddled fresh strawberries, Lillet Rouge, Angostura Bitters, and a squeeze of lemon. And we can’t forget the Añejo tequila!

Amatitán Old-Fashioned

Timeless, classic, and luxurious, the Old Fashioned is a drink with a long history. Our AmatitánOld Fashioned leaves a lasting impression. This Valentine’s Day, this traditional and sexy drink represents old fashioned love, romance, and longing. This mix of Añejo tequila, Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva Rum, Angostura Bitters, and sugar will surely make it a night to remember.

Cerveza Fresa

Looking for a pink cocktail that’s refreshing, exciting, and amazingly delicious? The Cerveza Fresa is a delightful tequila beer cocktail that combines your favorite Mexican-style lager with a little Blanco tequila, strawberry, lemon, and bitters for balance. Pretty in pink with just the right amount of fruit!

Red Velvet Vermouth Cocktail

Red Velvet

A simple twist on a traditional Manhattan, the Red Velvet is smooth and straightforward. It’s made with only three ingredients: Apertivo Select, vermouth, and aged Añejo tequila. This ravishing red cocktail complements any course, including sexy sweet desserts like strawberries and chocolate.

Rosalee's Downfall

Rosalee’s Downfall

What’s better than a lovely bouquet of roses on Valentine’s Day? Rosalee’s Downfall is a gorgeous tequila and rose cocktail you’ll fall in love with. Incredibly alluring and tempting, this drink is comprised of Azuñia Blanco organic tequila, house sour, rose petal mango liqueur. And don’t forget the rose petals for garnish!

Adonis Chariot

In Greek mythology, Adonis was known as the god of beauty and desire. Embrace your inner Adonis with a sophisticated cocktail this Valentine’s Day—the Adonis Chariot fits the bill nicely. Made with Azuñia Reposado Organic Tequila, Amontillado Sherry, Spanish Vermut, and orange bitters, this is the perfect combination of vanilla and mild oak flavors along with a sweet nuttiness.

Anejo Manhattan

Añejo Tequila Manhattan

When it comes to cocktails, it doesn’t more classic than a Manhattan. For a sexy twist on the original version, try the Añejo Manhattan. Made with tequila instead of bourbon, this drink boasts a richness you’ll love. Plus, it’s a gorgeous reddish hue—perfect for celebrating Valentine’s Day!

Strawberry Basil Martini

Strawberries and basil go together beautifully, and they join forces in an amazing Strawberry Basil Martini. Sophisticated and delicious, this pink cocktail combines Azuñia Blanco organic tequila, muddled strawberries, fresh basil, and lemon juice, then it’s sugar-kissed with homemade simple syrup.

21st Century


White chocolate is synonymous with Valentine’s Day, and what better way to enjoy both than in a simple cocktail? Sophisticated and decadent, you only need four ingredients to create the 21st Century: Azuñia Blanco organic tequila, White Crème de Cacao, fresh lemon juice, and absinthe. Cocoa and vanilla flavors make this an ideal after-dinner drink.

You don’t need to go out on V-Day to have a wonderful time—there are plenty of Valentine’s Day date ideas if you want to avoid the crowds. Still looking for a Valentine’s Day gift? Azuñia tequila makes the perfect gift for him or her.

Reach Your Fitness Goals Without Giving Up Drinking 

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Reach Your Fitness Goals without Giving Up Drinking

Caitlin Barth is a CrossFit Coach at CrossFit PHX in Scottsdale, AZ. In this guest blog post, she discusses how to reach your fitness goals without giving up drinking.

As a fitness and nutrition coach, one of the first things people like to tell me about in regards to their current eating habits are all of the things they don’t eat or drink. You can imagine that alcohol comes up a lot on those lists! And since we are all elbows-deep in our first couple weeks of New Years’ Resolutions, I figured I would help guide our readers in a more fun direction – the fact is, you CAN still smash your fitness goals without giving up drinking! 

I coach CrossFit at the CrossFit PHX gym in sunny Scottsdale, AZ, and run my own nutrition coaching business, Macros & Metcons. Between hitting intense, sweaty workouts and regularly eating pretty healthy, I think there’s a big misconception that we fitness people never drink! On the contrary – even fitness trainers like me enjoy cocktails, beers, and wine, just like everyone else. 

Do I have to stop drinking alcohol? 

In my years of nutrition coaching, the most common question I get is, “Can I still drink alcohol?” There’s no one-size-fits-all answer. At Macros & Metcons, we emphasize tracking macronutrients, which are proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, and the amounts of each are different for everyone based on their lifestyle and goals. This is known as flexible dieting. By tracking these macros consistently, we can achieve changes in body composition, strength, energy, and more. 

Now, alcohol doesn’t contain macronutrients – but don’t get too excited, it still has calories! This is why most diets either suggest you keep drinking very limited or none at all. Alcohol provides no nutritional value – the very definition of “empty calories.” 

That’s not to say my training clients don’t drink, though! Before I devoted myself full-time to Macros & Metcons, I bartended and served for over 10 years. While studying nutrition, I started to figure out how to enjoy my beer (and a shot of tequila) after work and still reach my own health and fitness goals. 

Reach Your Fitness Goals Without Giving Up Drinking

Calories in Alcohol 

Think of nutrition like your financial budget. There’s a certain amount of food and nutrients you should consume every single day to reach your weight loss and nutrition goals, so you want to spend those calories wisely. If your goals are to lose a couple pounds and feel better in your clothes, you might have more “flexible spending” to enjoy a cocktail or two. If your goals are more specific, like training for a triathlon or competing in a sport at a particular weight class, your nutrition “budget” might be a little tighter. 

Another thing I help my nutrition clients with is making better choices when it comes to enjoying a drink. For example, understanding the amounts of calories in different types of alcoholic beverages. A five-ounce glass of wine contains about 125 calories, a 12-ounce beer contains about 145 calories, etc. Distilled spirits, like Azuñia organic tequila, have about 96 calories per 1.5 ounces (a typical amount of calories in a tequila shot), so they’re going to be a better bang for your calorie buck! 

What about calories in cocktail mixers? 

When it comes to distilled spirits, choosing your cocktail mixers is super important. If you’re trying to keep the calories low, you’ll want to avoid adding sugar-laden liqueurs or aromatized wine, since they’re going to be higher in sugars, thus higher in calories. You would also want to be cautious about adding sugary sodas, ginger beers, and tonic for the same reason. Choose a smarter sweetener like Stevia in place of simple syrup for your paleo and keto-friendly cocktails. Stevia, for example, contain no calories, but they’re hundreds of times sweeter than regular sugar, so very little goes a long way! 

If you want to mix an alcoholic drink with the least amount of calories, try muddling in fresh fruits and herbs. Not only does this keep the calories low, but gives you the added benefits of vitamins and minerals. Sparkling water is another low-calorie drink option in place of sodas because it adds effervescence and texture without additional calories. Azuñia Organic Agave Syrup is another delicious, lower-calorie sweetener and adds a honey-like texture to your cocktails for only 30 calories per tablespoon. 

Azunia Organica Skinny Organic Margarita

What a CrossFit Trainer Drinks 

Beautiful weather almost year-round in Arizona means sitting on a patio enjoying a refreshing cocktail with friends after a morning CrossFit session. As a nutrition coach, I want to be able to enjoy my drink guilt-free, and the Azuñia Organica Skinny Margarita fits the bill. With Azuñia Blanco Organic Tequila, Azuñia 100% Agave Syrup, and fresh lime juice, this organic margarita comes in at only 134 calories and 9 grams of carbs. It’s also customizable, so it makes a great base to make it into a spicy margarita with jalapeños, or a fruity margarita with strawberries!  

So, whether you love a glass of red wine or a spicy margarita, figuring out what’s going to best suit you and your fitness and nutrition goals is the first step. What’s in your nutrition budget? We believe that life is all about balance, and that means you can still enjoy a cocktail every once in a while, and still make progress toward your health and fitness goals. Cheers! 


About the Author – Coach Caitlin B: 

A longtime Arizonan, I didn’t find my passion for fitness and nutrition until after college. I had quit sports in high school, and it took me a long time to fall in love with fitness again. Naturally athletic and competitive, I found CrossFit in 2012 and fell in love with the intense workouts and supportive community. 

Wanting to do more, I approached the owner of my gym, CrossFit PHX, about implementing a nutrition program to better help members achieve their strength and aesthetic goals. An experienced “flexible dieter” myself, I ate up everything I could about sport and exercise nutrition and got certified through Precision Nutrition. I then founded Macros & Metcons in 2017. I’ve learned through personal experience and working with clients that nutrition not only impacts performance and body composition but the overall quality of life. 

Running my own business has brought on many challenges but so much reward. I was able to leave the restaurant industry after over ten years of serving and bartending to run Macros & Metcons full-time and give all my attention to my clients. I’ve gained an incredible network of entrepreneurs to help guide and mentor me as I grow my business. My clients will tell you I’m their biggest cheerleader, that I meet them where they’re at, and that I’m tough but fair. More than anything, I want to assist as many people as possible in their journeys to healthier bodies, better relationships with food, and teach them that real nutrition does not mean restriction. Here’s to a life full of food (and drink!) freedom! 

3 Perfect Drink Rituals of the Holiday Season

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Aaron DeFeo, a partner of Little Rituals in Phoenix, Arizona, shares his favorite holiday rituals.

The holiday season proffers so many of our great culinary traditions; from pumpkin pie and honey ham to Chinese cuisine on Christmas Day. For me, though, it’s always been the drinking rituals that make the holidays so special. The holidays are a time for friends and family, and no spirit says family more than agave. Steeped in centuries of tradition, and toasted by friends all across the globe, agave spirits and agave-based beverages have been long-tied to celebration. So, when the temperatures drop, I’m still inclined to reach for a good mezcal or tequila—just not necessarily in a margarita.

The Occasion: Family Gatherings 

The Perfect Ritual: Hot Apple Cider

Few flavor combinations are as harmonious in the booze world as baked agave and apple. Add the spice of a great cider made with real apples, and you’ve got an instant winner. Grate some real cinnamon on the top of the drink as a perfect finishing touch. 

I recommend using Azuñia Reposado, as the fresh roasted agave flavor—along with playful butterscotch and caramel—plays much more into the apple and spice than a richer, fuller and more oak-influencedañejo.

For the cider, depending on the part of the country you live in, there will more than likely be a local farm that is selling their version (often at the local supermarket), if you don’t feel like going through the whole process. But these are holiday rituals, and part of what makes these drinks so enjoyable is the prep work. Cooking apple cider makes your home or bar smell like a winter lodge, and you can’t beat that. Not to mention that by making apple cider yourself, you can adjust the recipe to accommodate dietary needs, such as kosher guidelines.  Another great part of apple cider is that if you have members of your family who are too young to drink or simply choose to abstain, the delicious cider can be served sans tequila.

This version punches up the traditional cider by adding a touch of Madeira for richness, agave nectar instead of brown sugar, and pears, which boost the apple in accentuating the agave flavor.

Apple Cider Holiday Drink Ritual

Amatitán Cider 

  • 8 apples (your favorite varietal)
  • 4 pears (Bosc or Anjou)
  • 3 quarts filtered or spring water
  • 1 cup Madeira (semi-sweet)
  • ½ cup agave nectar, or to taste
  • Peel of 1 large orange
  • 4 ea. cinnamon sticks
  • 6 ea. star anise
  • 2 Tbsp allspice berries
  • ½ Tsp citric acid (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS: This is best made in a slow cooker or in a pot on the stove on low. You need to cook the entire mixture for about 3 hours, then mash up the fruit and continue cooking for an additional hour or two. The idea is to break down the fruit thoroughly.

Once finished cooking, it is critical to fine strain the mixture, as the pulp and pectin from the fruit doesn’t make for as appetizing a drink.

NOTE: if you don’t have the time to cook it down, you can omit the fruit and use a combination of two parts apple juice to one part pear nectar, though you will still need to simmer the rest of the ingredients for at least 30 min.

To make the drink itself:

  • 1 part Azuñia Reposado Organic Tequila
  • 3 parts apple cider

Combine in an insulated cup and add a cinnamon stick with grated nutmeg for garnish.

The Occasion: Holiday Parties

The Perfect Ritual: Hot Toddy

good hot toddy can be hard to find, even though many bars offer them nowadays. Often times recipes erroneously call for adding fresh citrus juice to the glass—a step not recommended when using 180°F water, which will cook that citrus and bring out the bitterness. Besides, what we’re after when making a toddy isn’t citrus juice, but rather the oil of the skin to brighten up a drink; much like a hot old fashioned. Early versions of the toddy would include a spirit, water, and sugar only. When boiling water wasn’t available, a hot poker called a loggerhead or flip-dog was used to heat drinks a la minute. Not shockingly, this combination of water, sugar and a spirit aren’t quite as appetizing without a spritz of zesty citrus oil.

Making toddies at holiday gatherings has always been a ritual of mine, and as the temperature (slowly) drops here in Phoenix, we’ll find ourselves making hot toddies for our guests at the bar, as well as at any evening-time gathering of friends.

Hot Toddy Holiday Drink Ritual

Azuñia Hot Toddy

  • 1.5 oz Azuñia Añejo Organic Tequila
  • .5 oz rich chai demerara syrup*
  • 4 oz hot water
  • Orange peel

INSTRUCTIONS: Combine AzuñiaAñejo and rich demerara in a cup. Add very hot water (tea or hot coffee temperature) to the mixture and stir lightly. An electric tea kettle is PERFECT for this. Express the oil from an orange peel over the surface of the drink and discard.

*Chai Demerara Recipe

  • 800 g raw Demerara sugar (or turbinado, like Sugar in the Raw)
  • 400 ml water
  • 8 ea chai tea bags, such as TAZO

NOTE: if you don’t have a way to measure weight by grams, just measure to the best of your ability one part of water and two parts of demerara sugar.

In a pot on the stove, heat water to almost boiling, turn off the heat, then add tea bags. Let steep for as long as 15 min. Once a strong, dark and fragrant tea has developed, slowly mix in the demerara sugar, while bringing the heat up. Keeps stirring until the sugar has dissolved completely, then remove the tea bags with a ladle.  Before the mixture boils, turn off the stove and let syrup cool naturally. You may also set the pot in an ice bath to cool more quickly. Bottle once cooled and refrigerate. This should make enough syrup for more than 60 cocktails.

The idea here is to make a super-strong tea into a syrup. That way, you can make these for the entire cold season without having to brew tea each time. The syrup will last for months if kept refrigerated.

The Occasion: Daytime Drinking

The Perfect Ritual: New Year Punch

If you are like me—and you live somewhere that is perpetually warm during the day, daytime cocktails are the perfect respite from holiday shopping, or when you just want to relax and enjoy time off. For bartenders, usually, our holiday day off tends to be New Year’s Day, when we can escape the craziness of the night before and recover with something refreshing.Punch is the ideal beverage that allows a host to take a step back and actually enjoy the party after all the prep work is done.

Hibiscus Punch Holiday Drink Ritual

New Year Punch

  • 1 part lime juice
  • 2 parts Velvet Falernum (if you can’t find Velvet Falernum, use REAL Ginger Syrup instead)
  • 3 parts Azuñia Blanco Organic Tequila
  • 4 parts hibiscus tea
  • Angostura bitters or other aromatic bitters to taste

In a large punch bowl, combine citrus, falernum, Azuñia Blanco and hibiscus tea. Stir well, adding aromatic bitters until a cinnamon spice is evident, then add large chunks of ice to the mixture to dilute and chill. Garnish with edible flowers such as orchids. Ladle and serve over ice in old fashioned-sized glasses with ice.

NOTE: If you cannot find hibiscus flowers, there is a fantastic tea by TAZO called Passion®, which has orange peel and rose hips as well. This makes for an excellent substitute. 

Azuñia would like to thank Aaron for sharing these seasonal drink rituals with all of us. To learn more about Aaron’s bar, Little Rituals, and to read his full biography, please read on.

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