Your Tequila is Missing These 3 Sangrita Recipes

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Sangrita Recipes

One of the best tequila cocktail concoctions isn’t a Margarita or a Paloma. Nor does it even present itself as a complete cocktail. Chances are you haven’t heard of it. Or you may have it confused with something completely different. It’s Sangrita, and it is a phenomenal accompaniment to higher-end sipping tequila.  It’s almost as traditional as the most traditional “juice” for tequila shots – lime and salt. But before we throw back our favorite 3 Sangrita recipes, let’s get juicy and learn about the tequila side that’s making a comeback.

Sangrita is not Sangria. It’s not even Sangria with tequila in it. Sangria is a wine based punch of Spanish or Portuguese origins. While delicious (especially with tequila), it’s a cocktail on its own made with wine and fresh fruit, usually served in party-ready pitchers. The only similarity between Sangria and Sangrita (“little blood”) is the reddish-hue and fruit components.

Sangrita is also not Vampiro. They are probably more alike than Sangrita and Sangria – you can even use Sangrita as the base for Vampiro. The latter is a drink made from mixed fruit, tequila, and citrus soda. While Vampiro has the tequila already mixed in, you serve Sangrita alongside the agave spirit.

Mexican Fruit Salad

The classic Sangrita recipe allegedly dates back to Guadalajara in the 1920’s. Fruit salad made of sliced tangerines, cucumbers, papayas, mangoes, and sprinkled with chili-laced jicamas and pomegranate seeds sprinkled. “Pico de Gallo” was a Jalisco breakfast mainstay. Leftover juice from the fruit was reserved in small clay cups (caballitos) and served later in the day with Blanco tequila. Please, don’t think of Sangrita as a “chaser” to a shot of tequila.

Both the Sangrita and the tequila are sipped slowly and thoroughly enjoyed. And the rumored original recipe is just the starting point. You can combine a wide variety of juices and spices for the perfect Sangrita. And just as any combo of fruit makes a tasty Sangrita, Blanco tequila is the standard, but we encourage you to try Reposado and Añejo, too. Better yet, conduct a tasting and take notes of which juices and tequilas you enjoy the most.

If we’ve held your attention for this long, then we know that you are ready to give this little known and often misunderstood drink a whirl. There are hundreds of recipes out there. But lucky for you, we curated these dynamic recipes from our master mixologist, Kailee Asher. For the Sangrita recipes, she recommends making a batch and storing in the fridge. They will stay fresh for 2-3 days. ¡Salud!

One Tequila, Two Tequila, Three Sangrita Recipes

Cucumber Sangrita Recipe

Cucumber Sangrita
1 cucumber
1 green apple, cored
1 peeled orange
2 kale leaves
1 tbsp 100% Blue Agave Syrup
0.25 tsp vanilla extract

Add all ingredients except agave syrup and vanilla extract in a juicer*.
Extract juice into a pitcher.
Add agave syrup and vanilla extract.
Stir well.
Keep refrigerated.

*If you don’t have a juicer, a high-powered blender will do.

Tomato Beet Sangrita Recipe

Tomato Beet Sangrita
2 large beefsteak tomato
0.5 fresh peeled beet
1 large carrot
0.5 peeled lemon
1 oz (small piece) fresh peeled ginger
0.5 tsp Yuzu Koshu

Add all ingredients except Yuzu Koshu in a juicer*.
Extract juice into a pitcher.
Add Yuzu Koshu.
Stir well.
Keep refrigerated.

*If you don’t have a juicer, a high-powered blender will do.

Watermelon Sangrita Recipe

Watermelon Sangrita
6 – 8 oz cubed watermelon
0.5 peeled cucumber
1 peeled orange
1 peeled lime
1 tsp 100% Blue Agave Syrup
0.5 tsp Togarashi

Add all ingredients except agave syrup and Togarashi in a juicer.
Extract juice into a pitcher.
Add agave syrup and Togarashi.
Stir well.
Keep refrigerated.
 
*If you don’t have a juicer, a high-powered blender will do.

Looking for More than Just Sangrita Recipes

We understand that you might want something other than a sipper of Sangrita and tequila. Check out our searchable database of cocktail recipes. While we can’t be positive about the origins of Sangrita, we can be sure that you’ll find a few recipes that work for you.

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Citrus Stars in these 5 Ginger Cocktails

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Citrus and Ginger Cocktails

It’s no surprise that we love ginger. It isn’t the first time we’ve written about our love affair with the spicy herb root. We’ve also openly proclaimed our love for everything citrus. And you know how we feel about tequila. Can you fathom how crazy mad our love would be if we put citrus in ginger cocktails? No need to wonder. We compiled a list of the 5 most real expressions of citrus and ginger cocktails so that you can see what all the hype is. Cheers!

The Ginger and Citrus Love Story

Amatitan Mule

Amatitán Mule
Once upon a time, there was an oddly shaped root and a bright green citrus. They met in a copper mug and created the Moscow Mule. Sparks flew. And then they decided that they needed to spice things up a bit. So they swapped out the vodka for tequila and in this version, the Amatitán Mule, they added Gentleman Jack. The ginger and citrus spark may have been lit in the original Mule, but in the Amatitán Mule, it’s kismet.

gingerbread martini

Gingerbread Martini
The holidays come and go, but that doesn’t mean we stop celebrating citrus ginger cocktails like the Gingerbread Martini. Azuñia Reposado organic tequila and real ginger syrup dance with the citrus notes of Tuaca, an Italian Brandy in this beautifully choreographed cocktail. Mix one tonight and taste love.

Open Sesame

Open Sesame
Consider this citrus and ginger cocktail a hidden treasure worthy of moving boulders. The words “Open Sesame” may not actually move mountains, but the cocktail of the same name is magic in a glass. Sesame infused Azuñia Reposado organic tequila, and Madeira wine complement ginger syrup and yuzu, a crisp Japanese citrus.

Silk Road
We love herbaceous drinks, and the Silk Road takes herbaceous and adds a little ginger and citrus fire. Cilantro takes center stage, but ginger and citrus play pivotal roles in this delightful drink. Azuñia Reposado organic tequila, tart pineapple juice, and muddled cilantro mixed with fresh lime and ginger syrup make a new spin.

Pic: AG Taste of Wellbeing

Grapefruit Gingerade Kombucha Mocktail
Not every drink has to have alcohol to make the list of ginger cocktails we love. If you’re looking for a fresh start in the a.m. or looking to detox from your weekend indulgences, try the Grapefruit Gingerade Kombucha Mocktail from AG Taste of Wellbeing. We have fallen head over heels for this fresh grapefruit, gingerade, mint and kombucha in this sparkly anytime libation.

We All Love Ginger and Citrus

Not everyone wants ginger cocktails to be the star of their drink menus. If you’re someone who only likes the tequila part of the drinks we just gushed about, cruise on over to our cocktail recipes. We’re confident we’ve got a recipe for you.

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The 12 Days of Winter Holiday Cocktails

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Winter Holiday Cocktails
Whether you belt it out with pride or roll your eyes in disgust, there’s no doubting that most people know the choral sing-along “The 12 Days of Christmas” by heart. The song has been around for decades. Literally. The first known reference to the song dates back to 1780, which means we’ve sung it for a lot of Christmases. Thanks to over-eager retailers and people seeking a little holiday cheer, we start singing about drummers, partridges, and swans before we even carve the Thanksgiving Day turkey and indulge in winter holiday cocktails.

But First, What are the 12 Days of Christmas

Technically (historically) speaking, the Christmas season starts on December 25th and runs for 12 days through January 6th. For Christians, this period is the time between the birth of Christ and the arrival of the three wise men. Whether Eastern or Western Christianity, Latin Antiquity, or modern customs, the 12 days are acknowledged and celebrated with different traditions – feasting, merriment and gift giving. One could make the (8 lords-a-leaping) leap that the song lyrics represent gifts given throughout the 12 days, with each one getting increasingly more lavish.

While we can’t deliver turtle doves, golden rings, or milking maids, we can offer you 12 winter holiday cocktails inspired by that (in)famous Christmas song.

My True Love Gave to Me, 12 Winter Holiday Cocktails

We Make a Nice Pear Winter Holiday Cocktail

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me a We Make a Nice Pear. Azuñia Reposado organic tequila, cognac, spiced pear, fresh lemon, and honey simple syrup are spritzed with absinthe in this intoxicating elixir. With winter holiday cocktails as delicious as this, we definitely want to be on Santa’s nice list.

The Greater Roadrunner Cocktail

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 2 Greater Roadrunners. We created this smoky concoction out of our love for the Sonoran Desert, a truly spectacular place in the winter. It combines Azuñia Reposado organic tequila, Orange Curacao, mesquite honey syrup, fresh lemon, and finished with AZ Sunshine bitters. Will all of this deliciousness fit in our stocking?

Garden of Mayahuel

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 3 Gardens of Mayahuel. Born in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, the Garden of Mayahuel is a colorful delight. Azuñia Blanco organic tequila and French liqueur are mixed with a fresh juice made of apples, ginger, and cilantro, and sweetened with simple syrup. New Orleans’ French75, the bar that serves this cocktail daily, balances the sweet with the savory using oregano and fresh black pepper. No gift-wrap needed.

Bird of Paradise

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 4 Birds of Paradise. Calling birds were actually colly, or black birds. It’s not that we’re opposed to the boisterous raven-colored birds, we just prefer the whimsy of the bright colored flower as represented in this cocktail. Azuñia Black tequila, Mestizo Añejo, Cruzan Black Strap, and Bruto Americano make the base of the Peter Barriga specialty drink. Add in charcoal simple syrup, tamarindo syrup, and fresh pineapple and lime juice to finish it off. The pineapple leaf and flower garnish make the perfect bow.

Butter Me Up

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS. Yes, it’s obligatory that we belt that out in unison. The only thing that butters a person up better than rings is a golden winter holiday cocktail. The Butter Me Up is a velvety concoction of Azuñia Añejo tequila and rum with hot-buttered batter and vanilla cardamom whipped cream. We suggest serving up a few mugs of these before you head out caroling. People still carol, right?

Pumpkin Latte Winter Holiday Cocktails

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 6 Pumpkin Lattes. Never mind the geese-a-laying, the Pumpkin Latte is a creamy drink made from Azuñia Reposado organic tequila, ginger liqueur, real pumpkin puree, heavy cream and egg white. Being that we start celebrating Christmas from the moment the first leaves start to change colors, pumpkin holiday cocktail recipes should definitely be a “thing”. Serve alongside a giant slice of pumpkin pie to double up the holiday cheer.

Souled Out

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 7 Souled Out cocktails. The black swan of cocktails, the Souled Out is a unique variation of a tequila negroni created by Jasmine Garcia, an expert mixologist. Made with Azuñia Black, 2-year Extra Aged Special Reserve Añejo tequila, Aveze Gentian, Royal Combier, and Piri Piri Tincture, this drink stands out amongst the other holiday cocktail recipes. A couple of these cocktails might put us on the naughty list. But it would so be worth it.

Sherry-Tequila Egg Nog

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 8 Sherry-Tequila Eggnog cocktails. Is there anything that tastes more like Christmas than eggnog? Not in our recipe book. And this milky libation is no exception. Homemade eggnog, sherry, and Azuñia Añejo tequila get a sprinkling of seasonal spice – nutmeg. Might we suggest leaving one of these on Santa’s cookie plate?

Cynar Margarita

Cocktail and Picture: Trial and True

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 9 Cynar Margaritas. A blush colored rose served as the inspiration for this cocktail created by Trial and True. Azuñia Blanco organic tequila, Cynar, and orange bitters dance together with Ancho Reyes Chili Liqueur and muddled sugar and lime. If we had to imagine the classical holiday ballet “The Nutcracker” as a cocktail, it would be this. Excuse us while we close our eyes and dream of the Land of the Sweets, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and Clara as we drink.

Adonis' Chariot Sherry Cocktail

Cocktail and Picture: Tipple and Nosh

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 10 Adonis Chariots. Adonis was a Greek God, but we’d like to think in a different era he’d be a leaping lord holding court. Strong and well structured, Adonis Chariot is a bold combination of Azuñia Reposado organic tequila, Sherry, Spanish Vermut, enhanced with orange bitters. It will give you a little extra muscle to put together all those toys Christmas morning.

Lemon Hills

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 11 Picked Peppers for the Lemon Hills cocktail. This herbaceous drink is a real pied piper – a charismatic cocktail wooing you from across the bar. Azuñia Blanco organic tequila, mezcal, gin, Yellow Chartreuse, bell pepper syrup, orange bitters, and muddle basil create a beautiful symphony. Stir one up and gather ’round the fire for a re-telling of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

Anejo Old Fashioned Winter Cocktail

On the twelfth night of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 12 drummers drinking Añejo Old Fashioneds. In our opinion, the best nightcap is simple, unfussy, and traditional. The Añejo Old Fashioned is all that plus a little class. Azuñia Añejo tequila, Angostura Bitters, and sugar over ice and a citrus garnish are the only ingredients in this refined drink. Pah-rum-pum-pum-pum.

We Wish You a Happy Holidays

Thank you for joining us for all 12 or Winter Holiday Cocktails. We’ve enjoyed singing along with you. From all of us at Azuñia, we wish you a bright and happy holiday season full of good tidings, cheer, and tequila. ¡Salud!

Cooking with Tequila: Many Ways, Every Day

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Dry colorful spices in spoons and cooking with tequila

Tequila. Everyone knows how the song goes. And most everyone knows how to make a margarita with their favorite tequila. Maybe you’ve even tried your hand at some of the tequila drink recipes on our site. But have you tried cooking with tequila? (Mind blown, right?)

Having a bottle (or two) of tequila on hand for your kitchen could help you spruce up some of your favorite recipes.

While sipping a little añejo (neat, of course), we’ve muddled over a few favorite recipes ideas and shared them here.

Close-up of tasty Ceviche cured with lime wedges

Marry Your Meat to Your Tequila Marinade

No matter what protein you prepare, drenching your chicken, seafood or beef in a little tequila marinade is always a delicious idea. Squeeze some limes in tequila for a simple and tasty fish and shrimp marinade. Chop up some fresh garlic, zesty cilantro, and cumin and add it to the tequila-lime base to spice it up. This combo works well on heartier meat, like steak, and gives your barbecue a unique bite.

Now that we’ve dropped “the base,” I know you’ll find countless ways to turn up your Friday (or any day) dinners.

A beautiful tequila lime cupcake on a plate.

Tequila Desserts: Baked in Goodness

The tequila plus lime equation works to make some amazing sweet treats too. Imagine (close your eyes for this) a moist key lime cupcake with a tart tequila-lime frosting. Or a delicious layer cake made with lime-infused oil and a shot of tequila folded into the batter.

Or for the chocolate lover in all of us, try Hibiscus and Dark Chocolate Tequila Truffles. Oh, yes we did.

You can’t go wrong when starting with a good, 100 percent agave tequila. So, tie on your apron (please tell us it says “Kiss the Cook”), sprinkle on the sugar, splash in the tequila (maybe a little in your glass, too), and get creative!

Ingredients for a Red Salsa

Tequila Hot Sauce (Not in Prairie Fire Form)

Brutal day at work? You need a happy hour, stat! And chips and salsa make happy hour happier. First, buy a bundle of fresh peppers (banana, jalapeno, or even ghost if you dare) at the local farmer’s market or grocery store. Then, smoke, roast, or bake them to make the base for a deliciously spicy hot sauce.

Take it to the next level with a little dash of tequila and zest of lime. Add salt to taste (just a pinch). These pure flavors will bring out the natural aromas and heat of the chilies.

Your tequila hot sauce is the perfect complement to your favorite tortilla chips (which, of course, pair perfectly with a margarita). It’s 5 o’clock somewhere.

Azunia Tequila Chocolate Chili Recipe

Tequila Hot-Hot-Hot Chocolate

If you live in a hot climate, you might think we’re crazy for suggesting hot chocolate. But there is a reason why cultures in the hottest locations on earth eat hot and spicy foods. So, hear me out.

A steamy mug filled with Mexican hot chocolate and topped with a dollop of fresh whipped cream is a delicious, lazy afternoon favorite. 

Here’s the tequila tip on this one: Mix freshly shaved semisweet chocolate, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla to make the foundation for this sweet and spicy cup of goodness. Warm the necessary ingredients in a saucepan, then add the heat with a splash of the good tequila and a dash of cayenne pepper. Now, this is a luxurious indulgence that will warm you from the inside out.

Have you tried cooking with tequila?

We’ve shown you ours. Now show us yours.

If you’ve tried cooking with tequila, tell us about it.  Snap a retweet-worthy pic, give us a follow on your favorite social media channel, and hashtag #azuniatequila. You might see your tequila recipe on our Insta

Cheers to happy eats!

Try Our Honestly Authentic Cantarito Recipe

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Save the fancy crystal and put away the shiny silver shaker. Bring some flavor to your bar by shaking up a Cantarito. A Cantarito isn’t glitzy or fussy. It’s hard even to call it a “cocktail.” It’s a drink with a little character and a lot of moxie. You might consider a Cantarito like a Paloma Punch – citrus, tequila, and soda – served in an oversized clay cup to share.

The Heart of the Cantarito is in the Cups

When we say that you don’t need a glass for this Cantarito recipe, that doesn’t mean you drink tequila straight from the bottle. The Cantarito is a down-to-earth drink served in a clay cup, also known as a “jarrito.” A good Cantarito starts with the perfect vessel.

The clay cups have been used in Latin American countries in bars and at roadside stands. The ceramic jars of varying sizes (individual up to “serves a whole table”) keep your drinks colder for a longer time, and when it’s hot outside, you want a cool drink. Did we mention how cool they look? Drinking out of one of these gives you instant authentic credibility.

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Honestly Authentic, the Cantarito de Amatitán Recipe

Not only is the cup fun to drink out of, the drink is entertaining to make. And it’s even more enjoyable to watch the masters at work. If you haven’t to Amatitán, where Azuñia is grown, distilled and bottled, then you haven’t seen the magic that is Cantaritos El Guero. They take the simple traditional Cantarito de Amatitán recipe of orange, grapefruit, and lime juices, tequila, and grapefruit soda and make a performance out of the mixing.

It takes lots of practice to reach the level of the cantarito masters at Cantaritos El Guero, but it’s worthy trying out your bartending skills with our honestly authentic, traditional Cantarito de Amatitán recipe.

Make the Cantarito de Amatitán

Ingredients
  • 2 oz Azuñia Blanco or Reposado Organic Tequila
  • 1 oz Azuñia Organic Agave Nectar
  • .5 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • .5 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • .25 oz Grapefruit Juice
  • .25 oz Orange Juice
  • Dash of Sea Salt
  • Grapefruit Soda
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients, except grapefruit soda and sea salt, in ice-filled cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds.
  3. Add a dash of sea salt to the bottom of the glass and pour contents of shaker into glass.
  4. Top off with grapefruit soda. Top with slices of citrus for garnish.
Notes
Glass: Clay Mug or similar
Garnish: Orange Slice (optional: rim glass with sea salt)

While the traditional Cantarito recipe is a fan favorite, don’t be afraid to experiment. Serve up your favorite margarita or even the classic tequila Paloma in the iconic cup. You can even skinny up the Cantarito with a recipe like this one from Skinny Girl. No matter what you serve in it, we guarantee that what you serve it in will be the biggest hit of the night.

More Drinks to Mix

For more recipe ideas, check out our cocktail page. We have a tasty tequila drink for every style of cup on your shelf.

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Tommy’s Margarita

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Tommy's Margarita

Cocktail and Picture: Trial and True

The dynamic mother / daughter duo at Trial and True created a delicious Tommy’s Margarita using Azuñia Blanco organic tequila. The Tommy’s Margarita is a simple cocktail that allows the flavor and essence of the tequila to take center stage. The first Tommy’s was first mixed in the 1990s by Julio Bermejo of Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant in San Francisco. Trial and True kept true to the original recipe, using Blanco organic tequila, the juice of key limes, and simple syrup. It’s a fresh and simple margarita to enjoy with any meal.

Tommy’s Margarita
Author: Azuñia Tequila
Ingredients
  • 2 oz Azuñia Blanco Organic Tequila
  • 1 oz fresh Key Lime juice
  • 1/2 oz Azuñia Organic Agave Syrup
Instructions
  1. Shake with ice.
  2. Strain into ice-filled glass with a salted rim.

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The Roadrunner Cocktail is Our Homage to Arizona History

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If you’ve never lived in Arizona, then you might not know the concept of the 5 “C”s of the desert state’s economy or how they relate to the Roadrunner cocktail. Cattle, copper, cotton, citrus, and climate were historically considered the pillars of Arizona’s success. There was a time when there were 1.4 million more cows than people in the state. The copper mining industry was drawing people to relocate to Arizona over 60 years ago now. And, while the fields of cotton have diminished, there are still hundreds of thousands of acres of the natural resource in the state.

Your mind may travel to Florida or California when it comes to the source of citrus, but Arizona was and still is, a formidable contender of the US citrus production. From long ago to today, there’s no doubt that the desert climate is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of the state. Just as it was then, the warm sunshine and mild winters still draw people to set up homes in Arizona.

cactus in the sun photo by jo jo on unsplash

Photo by Jo Jo on Unsplash

So How Does This Relate to the Roadrunner Cocktail?

A brief social studies lesson isn’t necessary to extol the virtues of the Grand Canyon state. But it doesn’t hurt. In addition to the 5 C’s, the Grand Canyon (and two other National Parks), big colleges and out-of-this-world golf resorts, Arizona has many things that represent the state and its people.

The Greater Roadrunner Cocktail

Technically, the state bird is the Cactus Wren, but can you think of a more Arizona-symbolic bird than the Greater Roadrunner? We can’t, which is why we named our homage to the great state of Arizona, the Greater Roadrunner cocktail. A Sonoran Desert celebrity, the Greater Roadrunner, is fast and spunky, known in cowboy fables for picking fights with rattlesnakes (and winning).

That description aptly sums up this road runner cocktail created in conjunction with the Arizona-based AZ Bitters Lab. The base of the Roadrunner cocktail is Azuñia Reposado organic tequila. Layer in one of the “C”’s, citrus, with Orange Curacao and fresh lemon. Add a little smoke with mesquite honey syrup. And finish it with the climate-controlled AZ Sunshine Bitters. No sunscreen required.

This smoky, coppery colored concoction, garnished with a dehydrated orange wheel, perfectly captures the essence of the state.

The Greater Roadrunner Cocktail

How to Make the Greater Roadrunner Cocktail

The Greater Roadrunner
Author: Azuñia Tequila
Ingredients
  • 1.5 oz Azuñia Reposado organic tequila
  • 0.5 oz Orange Curacao
  • 0.5 oz 2:1 mesquite honey syrup
  • 0.25 oz fresh lemon
  • 2-3 dashes AZ Sunshine Bitters
Instructions
Notes
Garnish – dehydrated orange wheel[br]Glass – Coupe

 

Your Mixologist

This cocktail was created by Azuñia’s Sales Manager and Chief Mixologist, Kailee Asher. Look for more of her craft cocktail creations on Instagram.

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Add the Azuñia Organica Margarita to Your Bar Menu

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It doesn’t take a complicated cocktail to entice your patrons to order another round. People want simple, fresh drinks that complement any meal. Easy, organic, and with fewer calories is a win for everyone.

You’ve put so much thought, care and effort in to creating the right vibe for your bar or restaurant, shouldn’t your drinks speak the same language?

Azunia Organica Skinny Organic MargaritaFarm-to-Table is Spilling Over from the Kitchen to the Bar. 

The Azuñia Organica, our honest expression of the organic skinny margarita, embodies this shift in the food and beverage industry. The Organica is honestly authentic, and like the agave it’s made from, is 100% organic.

What does this mean? The Organica enhances any menu — from a hip health-conscious vegan spot, to an all-sustainable dinner dive, to a traditional Tex-Mex locale.

This Azuñia Organica is better than any other skinny margarita. Why?

  • Made with Azuñia 100% pure Blue Weber agave tequila
  • Azuñia Blanco and Reposado (perfect for margs!) are USDA certified organic
  • Simple to make – 4 easy-to-stock, fresh ingredients
  • Versatile – keep cocktail recipe as is or add signature garnish
  • Top seller across all restaurant and bar menu placements

Four simple ingredients — organic tequila, organic agave syrup, fresh lime, and water — create a delicious, refreshing margarita that’s skinny and organic, too.

The Azuñia Organica – Organic Skinny Margarita

Azuñia’s Honest Expression of the Skinny Margarita

Bartenders are talking about Azuñia Tequila. Check out what General Manager Matt Cahur of Guanabanas Restaurant and Bar in Jupiter, Florida says about its top-selling “skinny” Margarita.

“If you’re a tequila lover, the Azuñia Organica kicks ass. Combine organic agave syrup, fresh lime juice, ice, water and a bunch of Azuñia! When guests ask about this cocktail, we tell them it’s the healthier alternative to a great tequila buzz. Less sugar and more zest. It’s our number one seller … what else do you need to say?” (as quoted in Chilled Magazine, August/September 2017)

As we eat, so should we drink. As one Yelper said after drinking an Azuñia Organica with Azuñia Blanco organic tequila, “I’m feeling healthier already.”

How to Make The Azuñia Organica, Organic Skinny Margarita

Start with these simple organic ingredients:

1 1/2 oz Azuñia Blanco Organic Tequila
3/4 oz Azuñia Organic Agave Syrup
1 oz Fresh Organic Lime Juice
Splash of water
Sea Salt for Rim (optional)
Organic Lime Wheel for Garnish

Method:

  1. Add the ingredients to a shaker filled with ice and shake.
  2. Rub the wedge of an organic lime along the rim of chilled margarita or rocks glass. Coat the rim with salt.
  3. Add fresh ice to the glass. Strain margarita into glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Honestly Good Tequila

A great tequila makes a great margarita, so choose wisely. The tequila should enhance the nuances of the cocktail, as the mixers should marry well with the spirit. When selecting a tequila for an organic margarita, try Azuñia Blanco. The clean floral nose with hints of agave and lemon shine bright in this refreshing well-balanced housemade margarita.

Try it with Reposado for a deeper margarita flavor without sacrificing the organic or the skinny.

Add Azuñia to Your Menu

From field to bottle to bar, talk to our tequila experts about how to get this recipe on your menu.

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The History of the Margarita, According to a Tequila Brand

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Margarita History Bartender Serving a Margarita Cocktail

There’s so much information out there about the origins of our favorite spirits and cocktails, that it’s hard to separate fact from fiction. Just try searching for “margarita history,” and you’ll find so many contradicting stories that you could get lost in the information.  While you could enroll in classes about booze, we felt it might be beneficial to bring margarita history straight to you.

The Origins of Margarita History

A traditional or classic margarita recipe calls for triple sec, fresh lime juice, on the rocks (over ice) or blended, in a glass rimmed with salt. There are so many variations of the traditional margarita cocktail that we couldn’t begin to list them all here. But when was the first margarita cocktail made and who’s brilliant idea was it? Let’s take a look at the most popular rumors about margarita history.

A Cure for an Alcohol Allergy

You should say “bless you” to Marjorie King, a Ziegfeld dancer, who was allergic to most alcohols. Luckily for us “most alcohols” didn’t include tequila. The sensitive Ms. King was also rather picky. In the late 1930s, she was a regular at Rancho La Gloria, a restaurant just outside of Tijuana, Mexico on her many trips to Ensenada, Mexico. The owner, Carlos “Danny” Herrera, used the essentials of the tequila shot ritual (tequila, lime, and salt) to make a delicious cocktail. The result was the margarita, a drink that satisfied his finicky (and allergic) customer.

Socialite turned Master Mixologist

Margaret “Margarita” Sames, a Dallas socialite, was entertaining a few friends at her home in Acapulco, Mexico circa the late 1940s. At the party were two notable guests, Nick Hilton (as in Hilton Hotels) and Joseph Drown (Hotel Bel-Air owner). Never one to turn down a good drinking challenge, Margarita’s friends challenged her to make a special cocktail for the party. Well, she rose to the occasion (and won), mixing Cointreau, tequila, and lime juice. She even went so far as to garnish the glass with a rim of coarse ground salt! Although this is a somewhat plausible theory as to margarita history, the dates don’t add up. Jose Cuervo was advertising margaritas as early as 1945, and this story starts in 1948, thus debunking this history of margarita.

Inspired by the Races

The legendary horse-racing venue, Agua Caliente in Tijuana, Mexico, is the venue for the next in the list of widespread rumors. It’s said that, in 1944, a bartender named Danny Negrete, created the tequila and lime libation for his sister, Margarita, on her wedding day. Or maybe he mixed it first for a not-yet-discovered starlet Margarita Cansino who grew up to be the bombshell, Rita Hayworth. Although it’s fun to think that Rita Hayworth inspired the margarita cocktail, this rumor is just that – a Hollywood-worthy story.

Margarita Cocktail History infographic

It Began with a Daisy

With so many plausible stories about margarita history, it’s easy to get lost as we did when researching the History of Punch drinks. The last in our theories is that the Margarita evolved from a pre-Prohibition drink called the Daisy. Through the evolution of taste, or a bartender grabbing the wrong bottle, tequila replaced rum, and the modern authentic Margarita emerged. To us, this seems the most reasonable and trustworthy explanation. However, since we weren’t actually there, it’s hard to say with certainty that the Daisy started it all. In the end, all that matters in margarita cocktail history is that it was invented. We can all certainly raise our Azuñia Organica* to that!

Celebrate all you’ve learned with one of these margarita cocktail recipes.

The Original Margarita in Margarita History

The Original Margarita

Ingredients
2 oz Azuñia Blanco Organic Tequila
3/4 oz Simple Syrup
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Triple Sec or Cointreau

Method
Salt the rim by taking a lime wedge and coating the rim of a margarita glass.
Dip the glass in margarita salt, rotating until coated.
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with a cup of ice.
Shake vigorously.
Pour into a chilled margarita glass with the ice from the shaker.
Garnish with a lime wheel.

Classic Margarita in Margarita History

The Classic Margarita

Ingredients
2 oz Azuñia Blanco Organic Tequila
1 oz Cointreau
3/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice
Lime for garnish
Margarita Salt for garnish

Method
Salt the rim by taking a lime wedge and coating the rim of a margarita glass.
Dip the glass in margarita salt, rotating until coated.
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with a cup of ice.
Shake vigorously.
Pour into a chilled margarita glass over fresh ice.
Garnish with a lime wheel.

Azunia Organica Skinny Organic Margarita

The Azuñia Organica Skinny Margarita
Similar to the Classic Margarita, the Azuñia Organic Skinny Margarita is a touch sweeter and 100% organic. 

Ingredients
1 1/2 oz Azuñia Blanco Organic Tequila
3/4 oz Azuñia Organic Agave Syrup
1 oz Fresh Organic Lime Juice
Splash of water
Sea Salt for Rim (optional)
Organic Lime Wheel for Garnish

Method
Add the ingredients to a shaker filled with ice and shake.
Rub the wedge of an organic lime along the rim of chilled margarita or rocks glass. Coat the rim with salt.
Add fresh ice to the glass. Strain margarita into the glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

 

The Margarita Cocktail Can Be Made Your Way

There are so many variations of margaritas that you can have it your way. Spice up your cocktail repertoire with a Jalapeño Margarita. Or go a little nutty with the tropical Coco Mango Margarita. Better yet, go back to basics with the Margarita Auténtica.  Or check out some really twisted versions of the margarita cocktail with the  Mexican Razor Blade, an El Vato Swizzle, or a Word to Your Cardamom.

Pick up a Bottle

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

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Coffee and Tequila Drinks: Marital Bliss

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Wedding Bells for Tequila Coffee Drinks

“I’ll have a twist of lemon.” At the end of our favorite scene in “LA Story”, they could be talking about tequila. After all, tequila is the #equalopporunitycitruslover. But they’re not. They are talking about coffee, and today so are we. You thought we were nuts to pair a citrus other than lime with tequila, and now we’re writing about tequila coffee drinks. You may be getting ready to call the alcohol funny farm because we most certainly must be off our rockers. But stick with us. Coffee is life, and tequila is love. Which means tequila coffee drinks must equal a lovely life. There’s even a relatively common drink on many dessert menus, Mexican Coffee, that’s like Irish coffee, but with tequila. Need we say more?

Of course, we will. We’re talking about more than Mexican coffee. It’s delicious, but frankly a little average. Around here, we are constantly working on taking run-of-the-mill and making it special, unique, and authentic by mixing up these coffee and tequila recipes.

Maybe tequila coffee drinks don’t ring “authentic” to you. But think of the rich history and cultivation processes of tequila. It parallels that of the harvesting and roasting of coffee beans. The similarities don’t end with harvesting. Coffee is roasted, and tequila produced, in three broad levels – light (blanco), medium (reposado), or dark (añejo). Coffee and tequila drinks can be served heated or enjoyed over ice. When comparing the two side by side it sounds like tequila coffee cocktails are a perfect match and our coffee and tequila recipes are an ace.

Caffeinate Your Tequila

There are many options for getting a caffeine boost in your tequila, including DIY coffee liqueur. We commend you DIY-ers. Only the extra-caffeinated could figure out how to fit in a DIY infusion in an already jam-packed day. If DIY isn’t your thing, don’t worry. We know time is a precious commodity. Just mixing a cocktail, let alone making the craft ingredients to go in the cocktail, is time-consuming enough. As a general rule, store-bought liqueur works just as well in spiked coffee drink recipes. You can also sub out home-brewed espresso or coffee for the liqueur.

Sometimes just looking for recipes can take more time than we have available. We handled that for you. Try the Spiked Horchata posted by one of our Instagram followers. Or how about a coffee-spiked margarita like the one featured on a coffee blog we follow. We had to dig really deep to find this one, but our favorite coffee tequila drink gets to the Heart and Soul of the romance between the two beverages. And hopefully, it will find its way into your heart too.

We’re All Jitters

It’s happened to us. That rumbling in our stomachs, the shaking hands and the lightheadedness that only comes from one thing – too much coffee*. Yikes. It feels bad enough when you’ve gulped your third cup in the morning after a hearty breakfast. Imagine what it would feel like to add a little tequila buzz. Because of that, we recommend that you stick to the recipe and just have one caffeinated cocktail until you know how it will affect you. The only jittering you should be doing is out on the dance floor.

Coffee IS Life

Coffee is the building block of our most productive days. Sometimes, it’s the cornerstone to our nights as well. One must thoroughly caffeinate before heading out for the evening. Honestly, tequila never sleeps, and coffee helps us, mere mortals* keep up.

*Editor’s Note: to prepare for this piece, the writer of the blog consumed copious amounts of coffee (sans tequila) and ended up shaking, a little nauseous, and quite argumentative.

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

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