5 Gorgeous Cocktail Made With Tequila
Tequila is a Mexican liquor made from agave, which is a desert plant common in Mexico. It is a great base for a variety of cocktails, from sweet to spicy and everything in between. For best results, use high quality tequila that is made from 100% agave. Available on the market is also aged (reposado) tequila which increases depth and complexity of flavor. The key to really good cocktails is using fresh, quality ingredients, as well as proper mixing technique.
The classic tequila-based drink is the Margarita. For a fresh twist, a Spicy Margarita seamlessly combines citrus flavors with a shot of heat. Forget the ready-made margarita mix you find on supermarket shelves. At a good bar, they will make the sour mix from fresh lemon and limes, then adding pureed jalapeno for a spicy kick you will not soon forget.
If you enjoy a Bloody Mary, try the tequila-based Vampira. This beautiful cocktail is made by adding Clamato to the tequila, together with a squirt of lemon juice and some grapefruit soda. The citrus flavors and a touch of spice truly make the tequila shine.
For something sweeter, the Strawberry Rhubarb Fields are a great way to enhance tequila’s natural floral and herbal notes without taking the sweetness into over-the-top territory. For a perfect spring symphony of sweet and sour flavors, tequila is mixed with strawberry, tart lemon and rhubarb, with some tarragon to add a hint of liquorice.
If sweet is not your jam, enjoy a cool, refreshing summer drink with Cucumber-Tequila Cooler. A pinch of salt added to celery and cucumber, plus fresh lime juice and seltzer make this cocktail a tasty combination of savory and tart to be slowly sipped on a summer evening.
And for something completely different, try the Brave Bull, which represents a daring departure from the usual fruity and herbal flavors yet remains in keeping with the idea of choosing ingredients that harmonize organically with tequila. Here, the second ingredient is Kahlua – another great Mexican product, a darkly sweet coffee liqueur. Served on the rocks, its simplicity and boldness of flavor will really wake you up.
Tequila is a light-flavored versatile cocktail base that, in the hands of a skillful bartender, can be effortlessly combined with a wide range of flavors to make a great cocktail. Whether you enjoy sweet, sour, spicy or savory, there is a perfect tequila drink for you. Go here to learn about experienced bartenders in San Diego who understand how to use tequila’s flavors to create amazing cocktails.
With a passion for perfectly executed parties, Carl writes about event planning and the wedding industry. You may read more on his Livejournal Blog.
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