7 Common Tequila Myths, De-Bunked

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Tequila Myths

Tequila has been rooted in Mexican culture for centuries. Its origins date back to the 1600s when mass production of the distilled spirit began. Tequila production and its reputation have evolved a lot over the past 400-plus years. As with much pre-internet history, misinformation is often perpetuated.  While truth-seekers piece together tequila history, we want to delineate between fact and fiction when it comes to our favorite distilled spirit by debunking 7 of the biggest tequila myths.

Tequila Myth #1 – Tequila makes you crazy.

One of the most common tequila myths we need to debunk is the unfounded idea that tequila makes you misbehave. The hard-cold truth is that it’s not the tequila making you crazy. The setting, your mood, and sugar have more influence on how wild your night gets than the actual tequila.  By choosing a premium, organic tequila and using fresh, seasonal ingredients you can avoid one of these triggers.

Agave isn't cactus

Tequila Myth #2 – Tequila is made from cactus.

Agave may look like a cactus, with its spiny leaves and all, but, despite the rumors, it’s not. Succulent, yes. Cactus, no. Not to mention, they are actually part of the asparagus family. With over 130 species of agave native to Mexico, Weber Blue Agave was selected as the source of distilled spirits for its high natural sugar content and short maturity time. As a bonus, it’s also breathtakingly beautiful, relatively hearty, and drought-tolerant.

Tequila Myth #3 – All Tequila is created equal.

The label may say “tequila,” but that doesn’t mean it’s premium or distilled from Weber Blue agave. Unless the label reads “100% Blue Agave”, we recommend putting that bottle back on the shelf. Anything less than 100 percent blue agave is a “mixto,” which can add up to 49% of fermented cane sugar, the ingredient that adds to the likelihood of a hangover.

Mixto is a cheaper, less flavorful version of tequila and contains food dye to give it its golden hue. This mix of artificial coloring and higher sugar content is a certified headache-maker. Also, please pass on the bottle with the worm. The creepy crawler is butterfly larvae and serves no purpose other than a marketing ploy. Tequila brands started adding the worm in the 1950s to lure consumers to pick one tequila over another. Authentic tequila has been produced for over 400 years with no worm.

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Tequila Myth #4 – Tequila is the only drink of Mexico.

Tequila may be the most popular of the agave drinks, but it’s not the one and only. The rising popularity of Mezcal, tequila’s smokier cousin, is vying for coveted space in the alcohol market. This is for a good reason. Mezcal can make a delicious cocktail, particularly when mixed with authentic tequila.

Agave drinks expand even beyond tequila and Mezcal. There are several alcohols made from the bountiful agave in the vast lands of Mexico. Pulque is undeniably the original agave drink of Mexico as it dates all the way back to the Pre-Hispanic period. This “agave wine” also known as Pulque is the fermented juice of the plant and was reserved only for a particular class of people. Pulque, Sotol, and Raicilla may not have the contemporary reach of tequila or mezcal, but they all have an integral role in the history of Mexican agave drinks.

Watermelon Cocktail

Tequila Myth #5 – Margaritas are the original and only tequila cocktail.

We don’t have to go too far to dispel #5 in our tequila myths countdown. While people are always searching for the best authentic margarita recipe, they’ll also come across tequila mules, Añejo old fashioneds and original craft tequila cocktails like the Spanish Daisy. As far as the margarita being “the OG” tequila cocktail, the not-so-straightforward history of the margarita will tell you that it actually evolved from “The Daisy.” But despite your newfound knowledge, we bet you don’t love the margarita any less. It’s refreshing, delicious and when you have a simple margarita recipe to start from, it can be endlessly inventive. Add your own local, seasonal ingredients to enjoy one any time.

Sangrita Recipes

Tequila Myth #6 – You can only serve tequila with salt and lime.

Lime isn’t the only pulpy fruit to squeeze into your tequila. We love lemons to enhance the flavor of our tequila, too. Or take it another step further and try a Sangrita. Not to be confused with Sangria, Sangrita is served alongside premium tequilas. Try one of our favorite Sangrita recipes made with seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables. Better yet, try them all to make sure to dispel this myth.

Tequila Myth #7 – If it’s gold, it’s got to be good.

Gold jewelry and gold medals are “the best” as it pertains to gold. However, gold tequila is not. Big tequila companies often add food coloring to get that “signature” yellow color, tricking you into believing it is top shelf tequila. More often than not though, it’s a mixto tequila and therefore not worth adding to your bar.

The distinct amber color of an authentic premium tequila like Azuñia comes from the aging process. Blanco tequila is not aged, and therefore clear. We age our Reposado and Añejo up to eight months and eighteen months, respectively, in American Oak barrels, to give them varied amber colors that darken depending on time spent in the barrels. An extra-aged Añejo like our Black is rested 2 years in American Oak resulting in a deep amber color, the embodiment of its richness and sophistication.

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Just Call Us the Tequila Myth Busters

Have another tequila myth to bust? Let us know. Our primary job is to create honestly authentic tequila. And we hope that in doing so, we can also impart a little tequila knowledge.

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Eternal Summer Found – 4 Tequila Tiki Drinks

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There is something extraordinary about this time of year, and if it were up to us, summer would last all year long.

The days are longer. The sun is warmer. The water looks a little bluer. And the drinks are just better. We’re not saying the drinks you enjoy in any other season aren’t phenomenal. But, cocktails that embody an eternal summer are downright fun.

How can you not smile a little wider when you sit poolside with a tequila tiki drink in hand? That’s right, “tequila tiki drinks.” It’s not just rum (and a tiki mug) that makes a tiki drink.

It’s Not All About that Rum in Tequila Tiki Drinks

It seems like rum’s always been number one when it comes to tiki cocktails. Admittedly, it’s the spirit most typical of the island-inspired drinks. But it’s not the only one.

Gin makes an appearance in several traditional tiki drinks like the Rangoon Gimlet, the Suffering Bastard, and the Saturn.

Vodka shines in the most popular vodka tiki drink, the Chi Chi. And while we can appreciate the beauty and deliciousness of gin, vodka, and whiskey tiki drinks, it’s tequila tiki drinks that are the star of this story.

These are a Few of Our Favorite Tequila Tiki Drinks

Photo via Growler Mag

El Diablo
The devil is in the details in this tequila tiki drink. A tempting mix of Reposado tequila, crème de cassis, lime juice, and ginger beer, the El Diablo is a traditional drink that deserves to fill any tiki mug.

Make the El Diablo:
1.50 oz Azuñia Reposado Organic Tequila
0.50 oz Crème de Cassis
0.50 oz Fresh Lime Juice
2–3 oz Ginger Beer

Combine all ingredients, except ginger beer, in a shaker and shake.
Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass.
Top with ginger beer
Garnish with lime wedge, fresh blackberries, and candied ginger.

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Vicious Virgin #2
A quintessential blue tiki drink, the Vicious Virgin #2 proves that you shouldn’t judge a drink by its color. It’s a spirited blend of fresh citrus, BG Reynolds’ Orgeat, Blue Curaçao, rum, and blanco tequila. Be mindful, with that boozy mix; it’s a cocktail that bites.

Make the Vicious Virgin #2:
0.75  oz Fresh Lime Juice
1.50 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
0.50 oz B.G. Reynolds’ Orgeat
0.25 oz Blue Curaçao
0.75 oz Light Rum
0.75 oz Azuñia Blanco Organic Tequila

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake.
Strain into a rocks glass.
Garnish with fresh citrus slices.

Tequila Boxer
The Margarita’s Polynesian cousin, the Yellow Boxer, is a delightful tiki drink perfect for batching for your next pool party. Mixing tequila, fresh citrus, and BG Reynolds Lime Cordial with crushed ice makes it just like the boozy snow-cone you’ve always wished existed.

Make the Tequila Boxer:
1.50 oz Azuñia Blanco Organic Tequila
0.75 oz Each Fresh Orange and Lemon Juices
0.75 oz BG Reynolds Lime Cordial
8 oz Crushed Ice

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake.
Pour into a rocks glass and top with more crushed ice.
Garnish with fresh citrus slices.

Trader Vic’s Matador
Trader Vic’s Matador is the simplest tequila tiki drinks on our list. With only three ingredients, Blanco or Reposado tequila, pineapple juice, and lime juice, it is quite possibly the best one to consume under a large umbrella (with a tiny umbrella) on a hot summer day.

Make Trader Vic’s Matador:
2 oz Azuñia Blanco or Reposado Organic Tequila
3 oz Pineapple Juice
0.50 oz Fresh Lime Juice

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake.
Strain into a rocks glass.
Garnish with fresh citrus slices

Just Add a Tequila Tiki Drink Maestro

Now you have all of the ingredients you need for an eternal summer celebration. Invite some friends over, batch a refreshing tequila tiki cocktail, then relax, sit back, tiki and chill.

And if you’re lucky enough to be joining us in New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail 2108, hit up our poolside event with American Beverage Marketers – “We’re more than just Diablos & Sunrises: Tequila in a Tiki Oasis”. World famous bartender, Jason Asher, will be mixing up drinks and talking all things tiki at the Hotel Monteleone rooftop pool.

Jason, a Scottsdale, Arizona-native, began his career working in restaurants throughout high school and college. His trajectory from bartender to mixologist crossed California and Arizona. In 2010, Jason won the prestigious GQ Bombay Sapphire’s “Most Inspired Bartender” nationally. He has been featured in numerous national publications, including Esquire, Imbibe, Tasting Panel, Food & Wine, GQ, and Saveur. In April 2013, Jason was awarded “Top 100 Culinary Trendsetters” by the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. He is an owner of Barter & Shake Hospitality Group, which and manages Arizona-based  Century Grand Cocktails + Dining and Tiki Speakeasy-esque Undertow.


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Estate-Crafted Tequilas Win Big at SF World Spirits Competition

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Azuñia Reposado Wins SFESC Awards

What a year it’s been! And it’s only the first week of May!

First, we announced a new partnership with Total Beverage Solution that expands distribution of our tequila to the East Coast. And now we struck DOUBLE GOLD at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC). Our premium estate-crafted organic Reposado led the SFWSC awards with  “Double Gold – World’s Best” designation. Azuñia Reposado is expertly made with USDA-certified organic, 100-percent Weber Blue Agave. It’s then rested for eight months in American Oak barrels. Presented to the few entries that receive Gold Medal ratings by each of the 48-member judging panel, Double Gold is the highest honor.

Silver medals winners include our organic Blanco, a pure, un-aged tequila that offers a clean floral nose with hints of agave and lemon. Also awarded Silver is our Añejo, aged eighteen months in scraped and fired American Oak barrels for hints of vanilla and caramel. Rounding out Silver winners was our Azuñia Black – a premium extra-aged, double-barreled special reserve Añejo for the tequila aficionado.

A Truly Noteworthy Win

Our offices are still buzzing from the news. Over 2,200 brands entered their spirits at the SFWSC awards. These entries represent the highest number of entries in the 18-year history of the competition. Over 45 experts in the industry, including acclaimed critics, mixologists, and restaurateurs blind-judged each expression individually.

“We are thrilled to be awarded Double Gold at the world’s most respected and acclaimed spirits competition,” said Joe Giansante, managing director. “The entire Azuñia team takes immense pride in not only providing a premium tequila to our customers – but also one that is sustainably farmed, organic, and true to the heritage and traditions of the Tequila Valley region where our agave grows today. It is especially gratifying to be able to honor our partners at Rancho Miravalle in Amatitán, Mexico, where so many work tirelessly and meticulously to farm the best agave and make the best tequila in the world.”

Azuñia Wins at SFWSC Awards

Pic: The Cocktail Portal

SFWSC Awards Aren’t the Only Awards We’ve Won

Our multi-award winning organic Reposado is exceptional for sipping or mixing in cocktails. Cultivated from 100-percent Weber Blue Agave, it is the essence of an honestly authentic tequila. The agave roasted thirty-six hours in traditional clay hornos, fermented naturally with wild-borne yeast. Our Reposado is twice distilled and rested for eight months in American Oak barrels. As with all Azuñia tequilas, no additives or chemicals are added to speed up the process. The light agave aroma, hints of butterscotch and wood, and slight vanilla finish make the organic Reposado stand out against its competition. Check out all of the medals our Reposado has earned over the years.

Azuñia Reposado Wins at SFWSC Awards

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Take Home the Winning Reposado

With so many cocktail options, our Reposado belongs on your home bar. Our partners at Liquorama.net have a perfectly appointed tequila set for you or the tequila lover in your life. Included in the gift set is a 750 ml bottle of Double Gold Reposado, a bottle of our 100% Weber Blue Agave Syrup, and a branded lime squeezer. Order one today. We can’t wait to see what award-winning cocktails you create.




Azuñia Tequila Announces National Expansion with Total Beverage Solutions

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and Glendora, Calif. – April 16th, 2018 – Azuñia Tequila*, a premium, organic, estate-crafted tequila and exclusive U.S. export of Agaveros Unidos de Amatitán has formed an alliance with Total Beverage Solution (TBS) of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina to manage the fast-growing brand’s national expansion throughout the U.S. Market. Through the arrangement, Total Beverage Solution will add all Azuñia products to their current robust inventory of brands for sale and distribution throughout the Midwestern, Southern and East Coast Markets.

“With Azuñia experiencing record growth in the West, and with increasing demand for our pure, authentic premium products, partnering with Total Beverage Solution to maximize a truly national presence was the next logical step in our nine-year evolution,” said Joe Giansante, Managing Director of Azuñia. “By working with an established and capable, full-service supplier like Total Beverage Solution, led by high character, industry veterans who share our beliefs and values, we are truly excited about the platform for growth and working with TBS to solidify our brand’s position as the leader in sustainably farmed, organic, authentic tequila.”

Azuñia’s U.S. distribution began in California and has since grown quickly to other western states including Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, Arizona, and Colorado. In the last two years, Azuñia has moved into Texas, and Florida and other states on a limited basis through a partnership with Landry’s, Inc. The partnership with TBS will expand the top shelf tequila’s availability to New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Washington D.C., the Mid-Atlantic states the South, Illinois, and the Midwest.

“We are excited to bring Azuñia’s high-quality tequila to our customers. Azuñia’s authenticity is evident in the flavor of its products, and we’re eager to add an Estate grown, organic tequila to our portfolio.” explained Dave Pardus, CEO of Total Beverage Solution.

The tequila brand offers four styles: USDA-Certified Organic Blanco, USDA-Certified Organic Reposado, Añejo, and Azuñia Black, its 2-year Extra Aged, Special Reserve Añejo. Each style showcases the crest of its second-generation, family-owned-and-operated Rancho Miravalle estate, which has created exceptional tequila for over 20 years on every label.

Azuñia joins other outstanding spirits in TBS’ portfolio, including cocktail essentials Amaro Montenegro, Select Aperitivo, Limoncello di Capri and Ron Abuelo. Azuñia tequila will soon be available nationwide through Total Beverage Solution’s distributing partners. For samples or more information contact info@azuniatequila.com.

About Azuñia Tequila

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

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About Total Beverage Solution:

Total Beverage Solution has earned a reputation for the company’s market expertise and proven sales results by creating value and demand for exceptional brands. Total Beverage Solution provides full-service front and back of house support dedicated to helping both foreign and domestic alcohol brands enter and navigate the US beverage market. For more visit: www.totalbeveragesolution.com

*Please drink responsibly.

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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.

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

  • 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
  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.
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. Or skip the Cantarito mug all together like Jessica from Boundless Bliss did. After all, it’s what’s inside that counts. 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
  • 2 oz Azuñia Blanco Organic Tequila
  • 1 oz fresh Key Lime juice
  • 1/2 oz Azuñia Organic Agave Syrup
  1. Shake with ice.
  2. Strain into ice-filled glass with a salted rim.

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