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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3 Simple Ways to Find Balance from a Fitness Expert

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How to Live a Balanced Life

Maya Monza, a SoulCycle Instructor in San Diego, shares her insight with us how to live a balanced life in this guest post celebrating National Women’s Health and Fitness Day.

Life is all about balance, right? As a full-time SoulCycle instructor, it’s my business not just to teach others how to live a balanced life, but it’s my personal goal, too.

SoulCycle is a unique 45-minute indoor cycling experience. It is so much more than just the high-intensity workout, candlelit room, and one-of-a-kind playlists. It’s my job to support, coach, and push my riders to be their personal best. After teaching my classes, you can usually find me on a rooftop bar, surrounded by friends, with a margarita in one hand. Ok, maybe both hands! That’s where I like to be: surrounded by friends and reasonably close to some tequila.

Some people might assume that fitness instructors eat perfectly clean 24/7, never drink alcohol, always say “no” to staying out late, but that just isn’t me. My life is and will always be about balance. Work AND play. Fitness AND food. Going out with my friends some nights and staying in to get rest on other nights.

I have found the best way to stay happy and healthy is through BALANCE. No yo-yo diets. No depriving yourself of entire food groups. Plus, keeping up with a regular workout routine as much as possible. It is important to eat as clean as you can when you can while giving yourself the freedom to enjoy life to the fullest at other times. Finding that balance between health and fun is how I live my best life.

On National Health and Fitness Day, in celebration of all the all of you working so hard, I want to share with you my top 3 tips on how to live a balanced life.

Live a More Balance Life

My top 3 tips on how to live a balanced life: 

Life in Balance Tip 1 – Be Consistent

Our consistent behavior directly impacts our circumstances, bodies, and lives. Even if we can’t control everything, we have control over the things we put in our bodies and how often we work out. Small changes, like eating more plants and getting your body moving as much as possible, are a great start.

Experiment swapping in fruits, veggies, and healthier alternatives at every meal. Find a workout routine you enjoy and can see yourself sticking to. What you do consistently is going to have the most dramatic effect on your body composition, your mood, your energy levels throughout the day, what you look like, and most importantly what you feel on the inside.

Consistent actions get results. Being able to manage a lifestyle that is enjoyable and makes you feel good and feel fulfilled is key for longevity. We should all strive to be as consistent as we can in getting into a workout routine. However, when your best friend’s birthday comes around, don’t beat yourself up. It’s okay to miss your fitness class or treat yourself to a margarita at happy hour. Building the schedule in your daily life doesn’t have to be constraining. Allow yourself flexibility when you need it, and then get back to consistently being a boss!

Life in Balance Tip 2 – Treat Yourself

Teaching multiple fitness classes 6 days a week is a demanding job, that requires me to invest in my wellness and health.  Bodywork, massage, acupuncture and cupping, chiropractic visits, facials, foot reflexology – are investments in my present and future wellness. Treating our bodies to massage is not just for people with physically demanding jobs. A massage can be a great way to relieve stress and muscle tension that can be caused by physical or emotional stress.

Seeing a chiropractor can drastically improve your mobility, overall pain, and reduce overuse injuries. Plus, doing things that you enjoy and make you feel good are ways we can all take better care of ourselves, no matter where you are on your wellness journey. It is my job to perform every day and to show up as whatever my riders need me to be for them at that moment. I have to make sure that I take care of myself from the inside out first and foremost so that I can be at my best for those who need me.

Life in Balance Tip 3 – Take Time Off

Remind yourself of the things that make you happy, feel fulfilled, and drive your passion. Take time to schedule your hobbies, social events with friends, and vacation time when you can. It’s possible to get so comfortable going through the motions of our work/home lives that we can become robotic. We forget that this is our one life to live.

A lot of my riders say it seems impossible for them to take time off work to make a mental reset. It’s not! We need to prioritize some time off, even if it feels impossible.  Not everyone can take a week off of work for vacation, but some people can take a half day or long weekend. Try to find more separation between work and weekends. Leave your phone behind for a walk on the beach or pledge to not obsess over work emails during the weekend.

Research day trips in your area, choose to stay home and enjoy drinks with family and friends or seek out your next worldly adventure. Giving ourselves some time off work allows us to reset mentally, gain perspective and inspiration, and be more productive when we return. We also contribute to our overall happiness when we seek out the balance in our lives.

How to Live a Balanced Life

How I Live a Balanced Life

The universe has opened doors I never thought possible. I went from working at a job I no longer loved, to travel the world, to HUSTLING hard in NYC. All things that landed me here today. I am actively creating a life I love. Sometimes taking a risk and switching routines up, breaking out of your rut, can generate imbalance but lead you to a new equilibrium that is your best life. Cheers to all of you learning a little bit every day how to live a balanced life. I think this celebration of life calls for cocktails!

My friends and I say “Life is like a Spicy Margarita … you never know what you are going to get!” It’s so customizable, and you can make it however you please. Blended or the rocks? TAJÍN® rim or salt rim? Jalapeños or serrano peppers? My favorite margarita of all time is my best friend Tanya’s original Spicy Skinny Margarita recipe that we’ve dubbed “Living My Best Life.” Learn how to make it below.

How to Live a Balanced Life

“Living My Best Life” – Spicy Skinny Margarita
1.0 oz Azuñia Blanco Organic Tequila
Sliced Jalapeños to Taste
1.0 oz Fresh Lime Juice
1 Handful of Fresh Raspberries

Directions:
Add sliced jalapeño, fresh lime juice, and a few fresh raspberries in a shaker. Muddle ingredients so you get the spicy flavor of the jalapeño and the sweetness from the raspberries.
Fill shaker with ice.
Add Azuñia tequila and shake.
Strain all contents from shaker into a cocktail glass with an “aggressive TAJÍN rim.”  Just a little lime juice on the rim of the glass will help make the TAJÍN stick.
Garnish with lime, jalapeno and throw 1 or 2 raspberries into the top of the drink itself.

Variety can be a good thing. Add mint leaves into the mix to freshen up and give an unexpected minty kick. Or add agave syrup for a sweeter drink. No matter how you mix it, just make sure you’re taking the time to enjoy it!

How to Live a Balanced Life

About Me

The fun and balanced lifestyle is part of what drew me to San Diego. I moved here in 2012 from San Luis Obispo, to study Kinesiology at San Diego State University. The people here are always walking, running, riding their bikes around the bay, hanging out at farmers markets, or enjoying time by the beach drinking with friends. In the years after graduation, I felt like I was pouring a lot of myself into my work while also feeling uninspired by it. My life felt like it had been thrown out of balance. Go to school, get good grades, get into college, study hard, graduate, get a job, go to work, I felt like I was on that never-ending track. There was no passion in my life, and I wasn’t engaged with the world.

I had no idea what the next step in my career was going to be. Taking a chance on myself, I decided to take a 6-week backpacking trip through Thailand, Vietnam, and Bali. I remember being so scared to take time off work. During my trip, I realized that there was so much more out there than what I was stressing about every day back home. My final weekend in South East Asia, I got the phone call I had been waiting for.

After applying, auditioning, interviewing, and waiting for weeks, I was accepted into SoulCycle’s 10-week instructor training program in NYC. I’ve been leading classes at SoulCycle in La Jolla since they opened their doors. If I’m not on a bike, you can find me drinking in the San Diego sunshine. A few of my favorite San Diego spots for drinks are Fat Fish Cantina, Cafe Coyote, and Puesto. Hope to meet you there – or on a bike!

Connect with guest blogger, Maya Monza on Instagram and Spotify.

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

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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. But that’s not all. Maple syrup has numerous other health benefits, which you can read about in this article by ManyEats.  Also, 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.

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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7 Simple Steps to Reduce Single-Use Plastic

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Reduce. Re-use. Recycle. It’s a phrase that’s been part of the lexicon for as long as most of us can remember. While the origins of the 3 “R”’s aren’t totally clear, there is no doubt as to the intent of the words. Few facts about modern life seem more indisputable than how busy we all are. That’s why it just seems easier to use single-use plastics that we can toss instead of wash, especially as we’re “on the go.” But, grasping for plastic straws and other single-use items has led to plastic-filled landfills and oceans.

We’re realists and recognize that we need options. Giving up single-use plastic entirely may not be doable for everyone. But we can slow down the stockpile of plastic waste by choosing sustainable alternatives, reusing and repurposing, and of course, recycling whenever we can. Together we can do more by using less. Let’s take a look at 7 simple tips to stop our dependence on single-use plastic.

Tip #1 – Use a reusable bottle or mug for your beverages.

Unless you’re in one of the few cities that expressly permit cocktails to-go, Step #1 only applies to your morning coffee, afternoon water break, or any other non-alcoholic beverage. Keep a clean, reusable cup in your car and pass on the plastic.

Tip #2 – Freshly squeezed juice instead of buying bottles.

Most cocktails call for fresh juice. Instead of buying a plastic jug of juice, grab a handful of fruit and start squeezing. Not only is fresh better tasting than from-concentrate juice, but you’ll also do your part to reduce your carbon footprint. Further your do-gooding and say “no” to the bag at the store, too.

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Tip #3 – Bring your own container for take-out.

Is it just us or are portion sizes at restaurants getting bigger all the time? We’re not complaining – in fact, we love it because leftovers, of course. Skip the Styrofoam to-go containers and BYOT (bring your own Tupperware).

Tip #4 – Cut out plastic cutlery.

Door dashing dinner tonight? Ask the driver to leave the plastic utensils in the car. You’re home after all and can access your silverware drawer. What should you do if you’re grabbing lunch to eat in your car on the way to your next meeting? Just like bringing your own mug to the coffee shop, keep a clean fork in your glove box. If disposable is a must, seek out sustainable spoons.

Plastic Free dinner party

Tip #5 – Party without the single-use plastic.

The sign of a good party has traditionally been the morning after – there’s trash everywhere, filling up giant plastic bags with waste. It’s time to shift the narrative and seek alternatives that minimize the waste. Let the evidence of a great time be your Insta feed blowing up with pictures of clinking glasses and a sink full of dishes.

Tip #6 – Say “no plastic straw, please.”

We can make a big difference if we sweat some of the small stuff. Ditching plastic straws may be a small change, but the rate at which we use (and toss) them creates a ton of waste. If you can’t go strawless, opt for a reusable stainless steel straw for your Big Gulp. We know a place where you can get one for free.

Tip #7 – Please don’t flush your lenses.

45 million people in the United States wear disposable contact lenses. That’s a lot of tiny pieces of plastic. We know you need them to see and that’s really important. But how you dispose of them matters. When flushed in a toilet or tossed down a sink drain instead of a garbage can, they may end up passing right through the filters at the treatment plants straight out to the ocean.

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

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How is tequila made? Where is tequila produced? What part of the agave is tequila made from? If you’ve ever wondered how the delicious liquid in your glass or margarita got there, you’ve come to the right place. Today, we’re talking tequila production.

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 blue agave organic tequila is made in this expansive space.

Tequila Production and Climate Change

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.

An easy (and fun) way to held reduce CO2 emissions is to use your bicycle instead of your car whenever possible. In addition to being a way to travel with zero emissions, biking has numerous health benefits as well. Increasing your physical activity will not only improve your mood, you can help your body ward off illness and leverage your brain power.

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.

What Else Do You Want to Know About Tequila Production?

Hopefully, we answered a lot of your questions about tequila production. If you still have questions, we have answers to your tequila FAQs right here on our website. Or feel free to reach out any time or follow us on social media to see how we’re working to save the planet, one margarita at a time.

11 Flavorful Kombucha Cocktails for Tequila Lovers

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tequila kombucha cocktails on wood table

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

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

Benefits of Kombucha

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

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

Azuñia and GT’s Synergy Make the Best Kombucha Drinks

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

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

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

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

Rose Gold Elixir

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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

Honey Nectar Healer

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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

Berry Kombucha Margarita 

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

Vanilla Chai Winter Warmer

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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

Kombucha Karmeleon 

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

Mango Mood

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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

Strawberry Basil Serenity

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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

Tequila Tangerine Dream

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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

Kombucha Paloma

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

Guava Kombucha Margarita

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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

Easy Mango Kombucha Margaritas

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

Mix Tequila Kombucha Cocktails Any Time 

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

Celebrate with the Best Tequila Holiday Cocktails

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

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

November

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

Thankfully Smashed  

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

Pumpkin on the Piazza 

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

Thanksgiving Margarita 

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

Thanksgiving Sangria 

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

Mexicali Mule

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

Toddy Blossom

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

Penicillin #2

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

December 

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

Añejo Manhattan 

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

Vintner’s Vonderland 

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

Red Velvet 

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

Peppermint Patty 

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

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

Butter Me Up

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

Gingerbread Martini

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

January

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

Greater Roadrunner 

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

Lemon Hills 

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

Azuñia Organica Skinny Margarita

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

Jalapeño Business

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

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

6 Ways to Celebrate Organic Month + Organic Cocktail Recipes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tip 5: Make cocktails your own with local ingredients.

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

Tip 6: Shop local and seasonal.

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

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

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

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!

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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