How to Drink Tequila Neat

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Tequila without Lime

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Judith Martin, a.k.a. Miss Manners, has etiquette recommendations for nearly everything. Seriously! There are 13 different searchable categories on her Miss Manners website that chronicle the “most complicated aspects of life”: love, dating, marriage, divorce and death (in no particular order). Even money. No matter how deep we searched her archives, though, we could not find any advice on how best to drink tequila neat or any way other than shots. So we’re writing our own advice column.

Dear Team Azuñia,

I’m a 37-year-old married woman with a young daughter and a fantastic job in corporate communications. My husband is 41 and works in high finance. We have a great group of friends and love going out on Friday afternoons. We enjoy adult time while our daughter is well cared for by our nanny. We Uber to our favorite bar for happy hour with our squad and laugh and laugh. So what’s the problem? We aren’t 21 anymore! We don’t want to seem out of touch, but shots with cheap booze just aren’t our thing. We’d like to find some new ways to enjoy tequila without lime and salt. How can we enjoy a night of drinking and look like the refined adults we are? 

Sincerely,

Tequila Lovers, Not Shooters
Southern California

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Dear Tequila Lovers, Not Shooters,

I am so glad you wrote to us. Tequila has a bad reputation, and quite honestly we understand why. When you were born, the tequila in general production was primarily “mixtos”. Mixtos are tequilas made with 51% agave and 49% other sugars, typically of the cane variety, resulting in a not-so-great taste. No offense to mixtos, because they have a necessary place in the tequila world. But back in the 70s, they were better consumed quickly, almost before you could taste it. That’s why you lick the salt and suck the lime – to mask the burn of the mixto.

Fast forward to now and you see that tequila is better (and tastier) than ever. Many 100% agave tequilas are readily available at your grocery store and favorite bar. IMHO, a chilled pour of Añejo is just as delicious as a skinny margarita. But the options for drinking tequila without lime don’t stop there. Let’s look at just some of the basic options for classy tequila consumption.

Tequila Neat

How to Drink Tequila Neat

Pour 1-2 ounces of the tequila of choice into a snifter or tall shot glass. Then sip. Easy peasy. And I think you’ll find that you actually like the taste of the tequila neat without the lime and salt.

Not Ready for Tequila Without Lime

Use the above formula and add a squeeze of lime and a half of an ounce of sweet and sour. Pour it over ice. It’s like a non-fancy margarita with its focus on the tequila.

Tequila with a Twist

Add a twist of your favorite citrus (lemon, orange, grapefruit) to your snifter of premium añejo. This method allows the citrus to enhance the tequila rather than mask it.  More on tequila being an #equalopportunitycitruslover in a future post.

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Trust the Bartender

They’re the experts. Ask them to make their favorite craft cocktail. I’m sure they will shake you up something worth coming back for.

The no-shot tequila without lime options are endless. Trust your tastebuds and follow the experts — they won’t steer you wrong. One last piece of advice – sign up for this newsletter so you can always be the hippest tequila drinker in the room.

Sincerely,
Team Azuñia


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Don’t Get it Twisted: Mezcal and Tequila are Totally Different (But Equally Good)

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Mezcal and Tequila Introduction

Tequila is a trend that’s here to stay. Mezcal has moxie that’s worthy of more than a taste. Agave syrup is sweetly satisfying. Three totally different things from one remarkable provider, the agave plant. And it seems like every cocktail menu in every bar in every city has a drink made from 1 or all 3 agave products. A rock star and a pop star even recently combined mezcal and tequila into one super-powered craft spirit.

Before we get ahead of ourselves… it’s important to know the differences between, and the similarities of, mezcal and tequila and how agave syrup fits in the mix.

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A Brief Introduction to Mezcal and Tequila

Mezcal and tequila are both spirits made from agave. They come from specific regions in Mexico. And they both make delicious cocktails. In our simplified distinction, that’s where the similarities end.

To be “tequila”, the spirit must be made from 100% Blue Weber Agave. Mezcal is made from several different varietals of agave, sometimes blending different plants. Also, mezcal and tequila differ in where the agave is grown and distilled. Tequila production is limited to 5 states in Mexico; Michoacán, Guanajuato, Nayarit, Tamaulipas and Jalisco. Jalisco is home to the town of Tequila, literally the tequila capital of the world. Mezcal production is limited as well, but not as limited. Several states produce the smoky spirit. Those areas include Durango, Guanajuato, Guerrero, San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas, Zacatecas, and Oaxaca. 85 percent of mezcal is produced in Oaxaca.

Harvesting agave for each spirit is the same. Mature agave is pulled and shaved to reveal the piña. Both mezcal and tequila begin in the piña (core) of the agave. In tequila production, the piña is steamed in hornos (ovens), distilled and then rested for a defined period depending on flavor profile. Mezcal begins with the piña cooked in earth pits and then distilled in clay pots. The cooking process of the mezcal provides a sweet and smokier flavor over tequila. The same aging distinctions of tequila apply to mezcal – joven (young), Reposado (rested), añejo (aged), and extra añejo (extra aged).

Regardless of what you’ve heard, the gusano, or worm, in the bottle does not signify anything other than “gross”. The origins of the gusano in the bottle date back to the 1950s. A marketing “genius” recognized that the worm would hide the chemical taste of bad tequila. If you happen to see a bottle with the floating worm, keep walking. That’s a dead giveaway that you don’t want to drink what’s in that bottle.

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But What About Agave Syrup

Agave doesn’t just give us mezcal and tequila. It is a bountiful provider that also produces a low-fructose sugar-alternative. Agave syrup is a sweetener derived by similar methods to tequila. Juice is extracted from the piña and then filtered and heated to break it down into simple sugars. The liquid is concentrated into a thick syrup similar to honey. Agave syrup is significantly sweeter than white sugar, but has a lower glycemic index. It’s a great substitute in cold beverages because it dissolves quickly and easily. That’s why we love it in drinks like the Cucumber Fizz and the Desert Flower.

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Now Bring Them All Together

Mezcal and tequila are two flavor sensations that standalone. They also combine as a force to be reckoned with. The Lemon Hills and Gallant Sir are 2 of the top mezcal and tequila cocktails we love. If you’re just looking to add a hint of the smoky mezcal, we suggest the Fernet Me Not or Penicillin #2. And if you really want to create a cocktail with all the fruits of the agave, mix up a trio of agave with the Oaxaca Old Fashioned. It’s worth its weight in agave.

The more you know, the more you mix. Try your hand at these cocktails and more at your next happy hour. Our website is stocked full of recipes that run the gamut, from honestly authentic to wildly unique. Find the one to please your tastebuds tonight.

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Our Favorite Drinking Holidays 2017 – A Year of Tequila Cocktails

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Favorite Drinking Holidays 2017

It seems like it was months ago we were celebrating National Margarita Day. And it’s just weeks away until Cinco De Mayo. Not that we can’t mix up a pitcher of margs and enjoy a marvelous tequila cocktail any day of the week! But drinking holidays put an extra “umph” in our celebratory step! Out of the 365 days in a year, at least 364 of them should be reasons to revel. But someone’s got to make a living, so for now we will take a look forward at our squad’s favorite drinking holidays in 2017.

Drinking Holidays 2017 – What Does it Mean?

But first, a definition of sorts. In all honesty, all days that end in “y” (including holidays) can be a day to enjoy a drink. But to be specific, a “drinking holiday” is a special day with a special drink. On Christmas, it’s boozed-up egg nog. On Thanksgiving, it’s a pumpkin martini. And on Friday, it’s Azuñia Black. And without further fanfare, here are the drinking holidays in 2017 we can’t wait to celebrate!

Bill, Sales Manager, Texas

“One of my favorite holidays to host is the 4th of July. I love to make the Ancho Business cocktail. It’s made with Azuñia Blanco organic tequila, Ancho Reyes chile liqueur, Azuñia organic agave syrup, lime and pineapple juices. The perfect blend of spicy and sweet! It refreshes our guests while watching fireworks and feeling patriotic on Independence Day!”

The chile tequila drink is one way to spice up a July barbecue. We’ll bring Thug Kitchen’s NSFW spiked papaya and watermelon salad!

Drinking Holidays 2017

Kailee, Sales Manager and Mixologist

“Considering I live in a “mixology” household, we generally provide cocktails at every holiday. We batch the cocktails and serve them punch style in a beautiful bowl so that guests can serve themselves and it allows us to still host the party. For Christmas, we make the Hot Buttered Añejo. On Thanksgiving, we make “Pumpkin Margaritas” with Azuñia Reposado organic tequila, Giffard Vanilla, Reál Pumpkin purée and fresh lemon juice. For those hot summer holidays like Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day, we make boozy tequila popsicles to keep everyone cool in the hot weather.”

Did someone say boozy tequila popsicles? How can we get on that invite list!

Drinking Holiday 2017

Stephanie, Principal Owner

“Who celebrates her birthday on National Tequila Day?! This girl! I celebrate my 2 favorite drinking holidays with a Skinny Cantarito. It’s a crazy concoction of Azuñia Blanco organic tequila, Azuñia organic agave syrup, fresh squeezed lime, lemon, orange and grapefruit juices. I make it ‘skinny’ by subbing the traditional Squirt with club soda. I’ll be drinking a couple of these with my toes in the sand somewhere tropical.”

She should check out Florida. We hear there are some beautiful sandy beaches in the sunshine state!

Dennis, Sales Manager, Colorado

It looks like Stephanie and Dennis should spend some time together this summer. Score a second vote for the Cantarito.

Our favorite holiday is the 4th of July. This year we will make our twist on the classic Cantarito, like Stephanie’s recipe. But we prefer to use the classic Squirt soda. This sweet tart classic stole my heart when we were in Mexico, and we have been recreating this magical cocktail ever since. We are looking forward to sharing this summer cocktail with friends and family.”

Drinking Holidays 2017

Josh, Sales Manager, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho

“For friends and families’ birthdays, I choose to celebrate in style with a nice simple drink. My go-to is a cocktail glass with Azuñia Black, 2-year extra aged Añejo, over an ice cube. When we celebrate by sipping on this high-end spirit, we reminisce the joys of the year previous and raise a toast to the exciting year to come!”

Josh knows what’s up. There are so many ways to enjoy a good tequila besides mixing it in a drink. 

Watermelon Fresca

Amin, Sales Manager, Inland Empire and San Diego

“Any summer drinking holiday deserves a fresh cocktail. My personal favorite is a Watermelon Fresca with Azuñia Reposado organic tequila, fresh watermelon, and Azuñia organic agave syrup. Add a chamoy and tajin rim to make any summer celebration spicier! For the winter drinking holidays in 2017 like Dia de Los Muertos and Thanksgiving, I will mix up a batch of the Blood Moon cocktail. The Azuñia Blanco organic tequila shaken with Art of the Age Snap Liqueur and real pumpkin puree, will warm up any chilly night!”

What? You haven’t had a Dia De Los Muertos tequila tasting dinner party? You really should.

Drinking Holidays 2017

Chris, Western Regional Sales Manager

“I have simple tastes when it comes to drinking Azuñia. My favorite drinking holiday is any day in the summer. For Labor Day 2017, I’m sure I’ll have a backyard barbecue and Azuñia Añejo mixed with the cult-classic Mexican Coca-Cola and a lime wedge. It’s a perfect drink for hot weather with friends and family.”

Thanks to Amazon, you don’t have to travel to Mexico or live near a corner bodega to enjoy a Mexican Coke and Añejo cocktail.

Laura, Sales Manager,  Austin and San Antonio

“My absolute favorite holiday is Christmas.  I typically start listening to Christmas carols and put the tree up before Thanksgiving! For the last two Christmas seasons, the biggest Azuñia cocktail hit around our house was the Secret Paradise, a version of the Infante.   It’s made with Azuñia Reposado organic tequila, Orgeat, Lime Juice, chocolate bitters and cinnamon.  I mix it up in batches and voila, pure deliciousness.  It’s super easy to make and I think it’s the perfect holiday cocktail to get you in the spirit!”

The Infante cocktail was named for a famous Mexican actor and singer, Pedro Infante. We should search his archives for holiday songs to listen to when we indulge in the Secret Paradise cocktail.

For All Your Drinking Holidays 2017 and Beyond

Our team proves over and over again that there is no “one way” to imbibe on the holidays as long as tequila is involved. And there’s no rulebook on what defines a “drinking holiday”. In our book, that’s any day of the week. And as long as you like tequila, we’re confident you will find the perfect beverage for your drinking holiday party.

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Easy Cocktail Recipes with Organic Tequila

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After Cinco de Mayo, the fiesta doesn’t have to be over. Add one (or two, or four) of these easy, organic cocktails to your summer cocktails menu to keep celebrating.

Why do we celebrate Cinco De Mayo

Cinco de Mayo conjures many memories… dancing, music, delicious food and handcrafted cocktails made with tequila. For us, it also reminds us that the end of spring is drawing near and summer celebrations are close. To keep the fiesta going all summer long, we’re sharing 4 easy organic cocktails we know you’ll love!

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Organic Bloody Maria

The Bloody Maria is like a Bloody Mary, but organic tequila takes the place of vodka. This Bloody Maria recipe is a simple and delicious brunch favorite on Cinco de Mayo or any day of the year!

Start with the freshest organic ingredients:

2 oz Azuñia Blanco Organic Tequila
3 oz Organic Tomato Juice
1/4 oz Fresh Organic Lemon or Lime Juice
Dash Organic Pepper Sauce
Dash of Organic Worcestershire Sauce
Dash of Organic Celery Salt
Chili Seasoning Salt for Rim
Garnish: Lemon or Lime Wedge, Skewered Cherry Tomatoes, Olives
Glass: Highball

Method:

Rub a lemon or lime wedge along the rim of a glass and discard lime. Coat the rim with Chili Seasoning Salt. Fill highball glass with ice and add the remaining ingredients. Stir and garnish with lemon or lime wedge, skewered cherry tomatoes or olives.

 

Mexicali Mule

Organic Mexicali Mule

Give the popular mule an upgrade by using organic tequila. This Mexicali Mule recipe trades in vodka for Azuñia Blanco organic tequila in the fizzy anytime cocktail.

Start with the freshest organic ingredients:

1 1/2 oz Azuñia Blanco Organic Tequila
4 oz Organic Ginger Beer
1/4 oz Fresh Organic Lime Juice
2 Dashes Organic Bitters
Garnish: Organic Lime Wheel
Glass: Copper Mug or Highball

Method:

Fill a copper mug or highball with ice. Pour in tequila, cold ginger beer, lime juice and bitters. Stir and garnish with lime wheel.

 Organic Handmade Margarita

Organic Skinny Margarita

The best margarita you’ll ever have! Our authentic margarita recipe is all organic and has only 4 ingredients. Low-sugar, all natural cocktails never tasted so delicious!

Start with the freshest organic ingredients:

1 1/2oz Azuñia Blanco Organic Tequila
3/4 oz Organic Blue Agave Sweetener
1 oz Fresh Organic Lime Juice
Splash of Water
Sea Salt for Rim (optional)
Garnish: Organic Lime Wheel
Glass: Margarita or Rocks

Method:

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

 

Mojito

Organic Tequila Mojito

What’s the secret to a good Tequila Mojito? A high quality tequila! This tequila mojito cocktail uses all organic ingredients, including our award-winning organic Blanco tequila.

Start with the freshest organic ingredients:

2 oz Azuñia Blanco Organic Tequila
3/4 oz Fresh Organic Lemon OR Organic Lime Juice
3/4 oz Organic Blue Agave Sweetener
10-12 Organic Mint Leaves, Muddled
2 oz Sparkling Spring Water
Garnish: Organic Mint Leaves
Glass: Collins

Method:

Muddle mint leaves. Add tequila, lemon juice and agave syrup to shaker and add ice. Shake for 10 seconds. Dump into glass and top with sparkling spring water. Add a couple cubes of fresh ice if needed.

Continue the Fiesta with More Organic Cocktails

Don’t limit your summer celebrations to these 4 easy cocktails with tequila. Find more organic cocktail recipes made with Azuñia Blanco organic tequila.

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Authentic and Organic Margaritas Begin with Organic Tequila

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Making authentic organic margaritas from scratch doesn’t have to be complicated. Instead of relying on a bottled sugary mix, try this natural margarita recipe. This simple 4-ingredient drink includes estate-crafted, USDA-certified organic tequila.

Organic Margaritas

You’ve decided to mix up a batch of organic margaritas and entrusted Google to help you find the right recipe. Then you realize there are hundreds, maybe thousands of them. It might seem overwhelming not only to pick the best method but to mix up homemade margaritas. With the right natural margarita ingredients, it is quite simple. What is better than easy-to-mix and tasty-to-drink authentic margaritas from scratch? Ones that are organic, too.

Handmade Organic Margarita

Make 4-Ingredient Organic Margaritas

As you eat, so should you drink. Put the same effort and care into mixing cocktails as you do with organic food shopping. This easy-to-follow recipe for homemade organic margaritas is low sugar and all-natural, too.

Start with the freshest 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 organic lime wedge along the rim of a chilled margarita or rocks glass. Coat the rim with salt.
  3. Add fresh ice to the glass. Strain margarita into a glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

The Azuñia Organica Margarita - Organic Skinny Margarita

Honestly Good Tequila
A great tequila makes a great margarita. The tequila should enhance the nuances of the cocktail, just as what you add in should marry well with the spirit. When selecting the base liquor for an organic margarita, we suggest Azuñia Blanco organic tequila. The clean floral nose with hints of agave and lemon shine brightly against the flavors of the other ingredients, creating a refreshing, well-balanced homemade margarita. Bring home a bottle (or 2) today.

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Find the Best Tequila for Shots and Sipping

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The Best Tequila for Shots and Sipping

Many of us spent our early days shooting less-than-premium tequila for fast fun making for a rough next day.  But much like tequila, as we age, our tastes become a little more refined.

Don’t worry, we’re not going to tell you that you can’t have a shot. But, know “shots” also means “neat,” a straight, uncut, civilized pour of premium tequila. We’ve broken down the four expressions of Azuñia to determine which is the best tequila for shots and for sipping.

Azunia Blanco Bottle

Begin with Blanco

The best tequila for shots done “neatly” isn’t necessarily the least expensive and shouldn’t be short on flavor. Unaged 100% Blue Agave tequilas, like USDA-certified organic Azuñia Blanco, makes one of the best tequilas for shots. The clean floral nose and the bright citrus and peppery finish welcome a smooth finish. Enjoy Blanco, the best tequila for shots, neat. Pour 1 to 1 1/2 ounces of tequila into a snifter or a rocks glass savor slowly, tasting, and enjoying the subtle nuances of the spirit.

Enhance the flavor of the tequila with a squeeze of lime (or lemon) over ice. It’s like a simple margarita with its focus on the tequila. Or dream up your own concoction. There is no limit to the shot combinations

Rise to Reposado

If you want to elevate your tequila game, try the World’s Best Reposado. What makes Reposado a good choice for sipping neat? It’s well-rested. The 8-month aging process brings out a light butterscotch and woody aroma. Warm vanilla notes finish the tequila.

The rule of thumb for tequila shots is salt, tequila, and then citrus. With a good Reposado, there’s no salt or lime necessary. That ritual started when people were drinking mixto tequila, not 100% pure agave tequila. The flavor of the mixto was so sharp and undesirable that distilleries added citrus and salt as flavor enhancers.

Anejo Tequila & Truffles

Advance to Añejo

Añejo tequila is one of the best expressions for sipping tequila neat. Premium Azuñia Añejo is like a fine wine – aged to perfection a few months longer than the Reposado, emboldening the flavors. The extra months in the barrel bring out the fruity and caramel notes of the tequila. As it rests for 12 months, a smooth buttery finish develops. This Añejo begs you to slow down, relax, enjoy, and sip it.

Bottle of Black at Whitehorse

Best of the Best with Black

There is only one choice when it comes to the best tequila for shots savored slowly, Azuñia Black. Black is our premium, 2-year Extra-Aged special reserve Añejo tequila. Black is best served in a snifter to allow your nose to taste the up-front vanilla aroma first. Luxuriate in the full-bodied caramel, cocoa, and spices as you linger over a glass.

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Know the Best Tequila for Shots and Sipping

If you aren’t into sipping tequila straight, ask your bartender for some inspiration. They’re the experts so ask them to make their favorite craft cocktail. And if your plans include you behind the bar, try one of these recipes by our mixologist and friends.

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

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Expert Advice: How to Make a Margarita and Mas Preguntas

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Awhile back, we wrote about the history of margaritas and learned how confusing and downright scandalous that history is. After that post, one of our very favorite people (a tequila lover indeed) asked what they believed to be a silly question about how to make a margarita. There’s no such thing as a “stupid question,” in fact; this one got us thinking.

Maybe other people had questions about how to make a margarita that they wanted to ask but didn’t know how. Or who to ask. So we threw it out to you to “Ask An Expert” about how to make a margarita. We got some great questions. And some not so great ones. But we won’t name any names, because after all, there are no stupid questions.

The best of the bunch and the brilliant answers from our expert follow.

With so many variations out there now (blood orange, mango jalapeño, etc.), can you clarify how to make a margarita a “margarita”? Confused About the Definition of “Margarita” – Del Mar, CA

By definition, an original margarita contains 3 ingredients – tequila, Cointreau (or Triple Sec), and lime juice – poured into a glass with a salted rim. That’s it in its simplest, least complicated form. However, these ingredients not only create an easily balanced cocktail, but they also stand as the base to a “not so simple” cocktail. Using this base and adding blood orange juice, muddled jalapeño or any other flavor your heart and tastebuds desire, expands the cocktail but the base remains a “margarita.”

Whether it’s the master mixologist at your go-to hotspot or your best friend shaking up tequila cocktails on a Friday night, if the base includes tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice, and the glass rim is salty, then what you’re drinking is a variation of a classic margarita. And in our expert opinion, much like artistic license, a bartender has the permission to name it so. Like the mastermind of the Coco Mango Margarita. It’s more tropical-frozen-paradise-party-in-a-glass than margarita, but we still call it a “margarita.”

Repo and Blanco Tequila for Shots

If I am making delicious Azuñia margaritas and someone says (usually dramatically) “oh no! I had some bad experiences with tequila in college!” What do I say to them? (After I’m done slapping them for being so rude, of course.) Looking for Answers – Portland, OR

We certainly don’t condone slapping anyone, but we do appreciate your passion for tequila. When it comes to “how to make a margarita” we, too, are passionate about educating people on everything from the recipe to the bad rap that tequila gets. To be honest, the tequila that people got sick on in their early 20s was most likely low-quality and probably not 100% Blue Weber Agave.

Thirty years ago, mass-produced tequilas were primarily mixtos – 51% agave and 49% other sugars. It’s the sugars that make people sick. Well, that and the copious amounts and speed with which it can be consumed. Our expert advice is to batch Cucumber Cilantro Margs for your friend, so he or she can savor the flavor and experience of a hand-crafted tequila cocktail.

I’ve always wanted to know if I should use lime juice or water before I salt the rim of the glass? Salty and Juicy – San Francisco, CA

That’s an easy one to answer because there’s no fact or science to it. What tastes better to you? Some people prefer the tart lime and salt combo as they sip their margarita. Some want to go full throttle – salt, salt, salt. In which case, a dip in water and then a twist of salt is the way to go. To get super fancy, use a contrasting or complementary juice (think orange juice for a blood orange margarita) to adhere the salt to the glass. Some margaritas recipes even rim the glass with sugar AND salt. That’s one we have to put on our list to try! Like we’ve mentioned before, you are the one mixing the cocktail, and you get some ownership over how to make a margarita.

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What’s in an original margarita? Simplicity Reigns – Detroit, MI

We’re so glad you inquired about the “Original Margarita.” The history might be a bit convoluted, and the recipe differs slightly depending on who is printing it. Originally, it was called a Picador cocktail as printed in Cafe Royal Cocktail Book from London. It’s a version of a Daisy (Spanish for “Daisy”) and is a riff on classic drinks like the Sidecar and White Lady.

According to the International Bartending Association, the standard margarita is 50% Blanco tequila, 29% Cointreau orange liqueur, and 21% fresh lime juice. Nice of them to put the ratios in easy to understand percentages. For ease and simplicity, we suggest translating those percentages into a 2:1:1 ratio. 2 ounces tequila, 1 ounce of Cointreau, and 1 ounce of fresh lime juice. And shake.

Why are limes preferred to lemons in margaritas? ­Citrus Challenged – Austin, TX

Limes are the preferred fresh citrus mixer for margaritas for one reason – that’s how it’s always been done. No matter what you believe is the history of the classic cocktail, when it comes to how to make a margarita, lime is the chosen one. Just because the majority of the recipes, including the Original Margarita, use lime, doesn’t mean that you can’t use lemons. In fact, we love lemons. We dare you to try swapping the lime for lemon in your favorite margarita recipe. Let us know what you think.

Sometimes the sweet and sour mix is just way too sweet. Short of doing a skinny margarita, is there a middle ground? Sweet and Sour – Las Vegas, NV

If you only take away 1 thing from this post, take away this: there are always options when it comes to how to make margaritas. Heck, we can’t even agree on the first margarita recipe, so why would we limit ourselves to just one method for our current day libations. We are huge fans of using agave syrup in margaritas. It’s not as sugary or as processed as a store bought sweet and sour mix. It makes a darn good margarita.

Or make your own sweet and sour mix. Adjust the sugar to fit your taste or experiment using raw or turbinado sugar that is less refined and has a more in-depth, less sugary taste.

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I understand there are 3 types of tequila (reposado, añejo, and blanco). What are the differences, and would you use a different type for different types of margaritas (plain, fruity, less sweet)? Tres Amigos – Phoenix, AZ

Trust the experts and your taste buds when you experiment with how to make a margarita. Recipes will guide you to the profile that best complements the flavors of the cocktail. Azuñia Blanco organic tequila has a bright floral nose with a clean agave and citrus taste. A margarita made with Blanco will let the mixers speak for themselves.

Making a margarita with Azuñia Reposado organic tequila adds a bit of depth and woodiness to the margarita recipe. We encourage experimentation. Take your favorite recipe and swap out the Repo for the Blanco. Do you taste a difference? By all means, we don’t recommend the Azuñia Añejo or Azuñia Black, 2-year extra-aged Añejo for mixing margaritas. We encourage you to leave that taste sensation for sipping, or as a replacement for classic non-tequila cocktails, like a Latin Manhattan, Old Fashioned or Negroni.

So what’s the real deal with skinny margaritas? Think Thin – Encinitas, CA

That’s the question we all want to know. Are “skinny margaritas” really that much better for you than their full-caloried counterparts. Of course, they are. Because we’re responsible, we must point out that alcohol of any kind has calories and carbs. It’s not healthy by any stretch of the imagination, but a skinny margarita can be healthier. One way to cut the calories of a traditional margarita is to cut out the sugary mixes, opt for less liquor, and always use fresh fruit juice.

Dieticians we are not, so please, do your own nutritional fact-checking on your chosen recipe. We do know that making a Skinny Margarita can save a couple to a few hundred calories as long as you stick to the right ingredients and ratios.

The expert has answered

We hope that you have all the answers to your margarita-related questions. If there’s anything that we didn’t cover, or if you didn’t get your hand up (or question in) on time, you can always send us an email or DM us on social. We love to brag about our products, recipes, and overall tequila expertness.

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Make These 8 Herbaceous Cocktails Full of Fall Flavors

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8 Herbaceous Cocktails with Fall Flavors

Herb is the word these days. Have you seen trendsetting bars that use herbs for cocktails? Okay, maybe we aren’t writing about that kind of herbaceous drink. We’re talking about garden-variety herbs for cocktails. The kind you get in your local grocery store or farmer’s market. Using traditional cooking herbs for cocktails is a cocktail trend worth talking about.

Mixologists and consumers alike love the savory bite herbs give to their favorite libations. With so many culinary herbs to choose from for cocktails, it’s easy to get dazed and confused. Not just about which herbs to use, but how to grow them, how to use them (muddle or infuse), and how to store them. Once you’ve learned what and how to use them, you should try out 8 of our favorite herbaceous cocktails full of fall flavors.

Fresh Herbs for Cocktails

Where to Buy Herbs for Cocktails

The easiest way, though not least expensive, is merely to buy fresh herbs. Established farmer’s markets in most cities make stocking up on fresh bundles of cilantro, mint or basil, convenient. However, fresh organic herbs can be costly, primarily because they are sold in big bunches that go bad before you use them. The most expedient way to snip a sprig is to walk out into your very own garden. The Drunken Botanist has some enlightening information on how to establish an herb garden just for tequila.

Adding Herbs to Cocktails

When it comes to herbs for cocktails, there are a few rules (recipes). Do you have to follow them to the letter? Not necessarily, but you should take note of how the recipe instructs you to use the herbs (muddle vs. infuse vs. garnish). The balance of the cocktail depends on the delivery of the herbs. Muddling will release the essential oils and break down the herb, thus allowing the essence to mix with the spirit. Adding the broken down herbs to the cocktail adds color and flavor. Alternatively, strain to add only the flavor.

Infusing Alchohol with Herbs

Try your hand at home chemistry by infusing herbs into tequila or by creating an herb simple syrup. Melding the base spirit with herbs will give your cocktail an all-over herbaceous flavor profile. However, it will limit you to using that specific spirit. By creating an herb-infused simple syrup, you provide flexibility to your home bar. The syrup lets you add the herb to any cocktail (or mocktail) your heart desires.

Storing Herbs for Cocktails

Herbs are intrinsically delicate. Leave them without the appropriate level of water, and they dry out quickly. Too much water and they turn black and mushy. There are a couple tried and true methods for storing herbs for cocktails. Wrap the herbs in a damp paper towel and zip up in a plastic bag. Store in the fridge for optimal freshness. You can also store herbs with the stems in a glass of water using the same philosophy as fresh cut flowers. You might have to experiment a little with the amount of time you have to store the herbs for maximum freshness. Also, note that the temp of your fridge may alter how long they will stay fresh.

8 Herbaceous Cocktails Full of Fall Flavors

Que Bueno

Que Bueno – Just a hint of thyme is enough to take the Que Bueno over the top – in a good way. Even when used solely as a garnish, a sprig of fresh thyme adds a beautiful citrus and mint layer to this apricot cocktail.

Rosemary Lemon Margarita

Rosemary Lemon Margarita – Your opportunity to experiment creating an herbed simple syrup is here. Try the Rosemary Lemon Margarita developed by Yvonne Mendez for a frosty treat in any season.

Mexicali Mule

Mexicali Mule – Ginger is one of the most versatile herbs for cocktails. Ginger beer adds a spicy brightness to the Mexicali Mule, our tequila version of the classic in a copper cup.

Cucumber Cilantro Margarita – Did you know that cilantro, Mexican parsley, and coriander are essentially all the same. Whatever you want to call it, the flat green, spicy herb plays well in tequila cocktails like the Cucumber Cilantro Margarita developed by Shawn Monnin of Coasterra in San Diego.

Garden of Mayahuel

Garden of Mayahuel – Push your herbed mixology skills to the next level when you stir up the Garden on Mayhuel. Crisp green apple gets a little spicy with ginger and cilantro.

Beauregard’s Cocktail Party – Practice your muddling skills before Beauregard’s Cocktail Party starts. Batch this craft cocktail ahead of time to save a few steps and to free yourself to mingle and enjoy the party.

Melocoton Cocktail

Melocoton Cocktail – When garnishing a cocktail with fresh herbs like the Melocoton Cocktail, fresh matters. A stale, limp, discolored sprig of thyme will downgrade your drink. Our tequila version of an elevated Bellini deserves a burst fresh herbs.

Herbaceous Cocktails for Days

If 8 isn’t enough, check out our tequila cocktail recipes and search for more herbaceous cocktails. We’ve got more great ideas where these came from.

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Drink the Rainbow with these Antioxidant Packed Cocktails

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Antioxidant Packed Cocktails

Mom always told us that the more color we had in our diet, the better we’d feel. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple don’t just make the rainbow bright. Foods of these colors are also typically filled with powerful antioxidants. The good-for-you nutrients make you feel better, help fight the aging process, and keep your cells healthy and happy. Being that we aren’t ones to disobey our moms, we’ve compiled a list of bright and tasty antioxidant packed cocktails to add to your repertoire.

Side note: Adding immunity-boosting, vitamin-packed components to your drinks doesn’t make them healthy. It’s still booze. And also like mom said, “everything in moderation.” Even antioxidant packed cocktails.

Antioxidant Cocktails

Red Rover.

Rich in vitamin C, fiber, and anti-inflammatory properties, the pomegranate is a deep red fruit that does amazing things for you. For your cells, in particular. The pomegranate’s rumored antioxidants and cures carried in the seeds and juice of the pom are many and varied. The Pomegranate Martini won’t cure Alzheimer’s or stabilize your PSAs, as some claim the fruit will do. But the ruby red cocktail made with the pomegranate juice is plain POMWonderful. If it’s the health benefits you seek, eat the fruit and save the cocktail for happy hour.

Antioxidant Cocktails

Oranges Poranges.

When you feel the tickle in your throat and your nose starts to itch, it’s time to fight back! How? Vitamin C. And what’s the purest form of vitamin C? Fresh oranges, of course. Besides C, that shiny orange exterior houses a multitude of goodness. They’ve got folate, B vitamins, potassium, fiber, and antioxidants. The Tequila Sunset is a sunshiny way to get in some extra vitamins with your evening cocktail. But for a real dose of antioxidant, don’t squeeze the oranges. Eat them.

Antioxidant Cocktails

Mellow Yellow.

Ah, grapefruit, you vexing fruit. A mellow yellow outside and a beautiful pink or even red inside, grapefruit is one healing citrus. It counts vitamin C, lycopene, pectin, beta-carotene and flavonoids amongst its health benefits. In its purest form (eaten or squeezed fresh), the grapefruit is said to be a medicine cabinet in a peel. In our cocktail, the Cantarita, it’s the tart punch that makes the drink what it is. And that’s an antioxidant-packed cocktail party in a clay mug.

Antioxidant Cocktails

Green Acres.

We can’t think of a color that conjures up images of antioxidants better than green. Kale, broccoli, spinach, kelp. You can even buy an antioxidant-packed powder called “Green Drink” if you don’t have time to juice. That’s the power of green. It’s hard to imagine, but someone has even made a broccoli cocktail. We did come upon an antioxidant-packed cocktail made with fresh muddled kiwi that is delicious and nutritious. (As nutritious as a cocktail can be.) Vitamin C, folate, enzymes that aid in digestion, vitamins A, Bs, and E, as well as magnesium, potassium, and iron are just some of the add-ins naturally found in kiwi fruit. The Kiwi Cobbler on PopSugar is a good way to get some green in your diet!

Antioxidant Cocktails

Blue Velvet.

Is there a prettier superfood than blueberries? We’re not sure. Not just a pretty face, the jewel-toned berry is also a powerful pop of antioxidants. Jam-packed with vitamin K, manganese, vitamin C, copper, and fiber, the blueberry is a small but mighty “pill” to combat aging. Our favorite blue antioxidant packed cocktail with muddled blueberries may not actually make you younger, but drinking one Beauregarde’s Party may make you feel younger. And when it comes to aging, you’re only as old as you feel!

Antioxidant Cocktails

Purple Haze.

Seems like scientists are always working on our behalf, trying to find THE superfood filled with all the antioxidants. Purple foods are rising to the top of the colorful group. Who are we to argue with science? The antioxidant benefits of purple plums are trending. The list of vitamins in plums reads like a child’s alphabet book, boasting vitamins A, Bs, C, E, and K, as well as fiber, phosphorous, calcium and zinc. The Fresh Plum Margarita from The Brewer & The Baker won’t make you 16 again, but it will taste good. Taste is really what matters even with antioxidant-packed cocktails.

Fruit for Antioxidant Cocktails

You’ve Tasted the Rainbow in Antioxidant Packed Cocktails

And the rainbow is really tasty. But, we can do healthful and guilty-pleasure too. Seriously. Check out some of the best tequila cocktails that are good for the mind, body, or soul (or a combination of all three). Let us know which type of cocktail you prefer by posting a pic on Instagram and tagging #AzuniaTequila. We promise we won’t tell your mom if you choose the Butter Me Up over the Pomegranate Martini.

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