Celebrate with Spirits: Dia De Los Muertos Recipes from Sauza Tequila

I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed that in the past few years, Dia de los Muertos has become a popular holiday here in the United States. And what better way to celebrate a day of spirits than with Sauza Tequila?

A widely-celebrated Latin American holiday that coincides with the Catholic holiday of All Saint’s Day on November 1st (and followed by All Souls Day on November 2nd), Dia de los Muertos celebrates the lives of deceased loved ones with parties, food, drink, and other activities.

Sugar Skulls/ Calaveras de Azucar

The most common symbol tied to Dia de los Muertos is the Sugar Skull, or Calaveras de Azucar. These are actual candies made out of sugar and decorated with elaborate and brightly colored patterns, like these:

Image from Tablespoon.com- click the image for a how-to!

Image from Tablespoon.com- click the image for a how-to!

But you’ll also see people painting their faces in the same style. Sauza even created a how-to video, below!

Now, naturally, I have to warn people: Sugar Skulls are increasingly being appropriated in art and culture, as sort of, like, girlie skulls or dressed-up punk.

Please don't buy this from Hot Topic.

Please don’t buy this from Hot Topic.

Please do not do this. Dia de los Muertos is a real holiday, and sugar skulls are not Halloween costumes. 

Know the history, respect the history, and please do not exoticise the culture. If you’re going to celebrate, celebrate FOR REAL.

Bebidas!

Now, after that warning about cultural appropriation, we can get back to the life-affirming celebration of Dia de Los Muertos.

One of the most important parts of any celebration is the drinks! Here area  few recipes from Sauza tequila for an awesome Dia de los Muertos!

Moonlit MargaritaMoonlit Margarita

  • 1 ½ parts Sauza® Signature Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • 4 parts sparkling blackberry soda
  • ¼ cup fresh blackberries
  • ¾ part fresh lime juice
  • ¼ part simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Mint leaves for garnish (optional)
  • Blackberries for garnish (optional)

Preparation: Place 2-3 whole blackberries in a glass. In a blender, puree the rest of the fresh blackberries with lime juice and simple syrup. Strain into a cocktail shaker, add the tequila and ice and shake to chill. Fill ⅓ of the glass  with the blackberry-lime-tequila mixture and top with chilled blackberry soda. Garnish the glass with fresh mint and blackberries (optional).

Marigold MargaritaMarigold Margarita

  • 1 part Sauza® Gold Tequila
  • ½ parts DeKuyper® Triple Sec Liqueur
  • 2 parts orange juice
  • 2 parts lime juice
  • 2 parts agave nectar
  • Fresh basil for garnish (optional)
  • Yellow chili pepper for garnish (optional)

 

Preparation: Add all ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain over ice into glass. Garnish with fresh basil and slices of yellow chili pepper (optional).

 

Sugar Skull MargaritaSugar Skull Margarita

  • 1 ½  parts Sauza® Signature Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • 1 ½   parts frozen limeade
  • 3 parts fruit punch soda
  • Dragon fruit slice for garnish (optional)

Preparation: Combine tequila, limeade, and fruit punch soda in a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Garnish with a dragon fruit slice (optional).

 

 

 

 

Catrina's Classic MargaritaCatrina’s Classic Margarita (Previously the Classic Margarita)

  • 1 ½ parts Sauza® Signature Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • 1 part lime juice
  • ½ parts DeKuyper® Triple Sec Liqueur
  • ½ parts simple syrup
  • Lime wheel for garnish (optional)
  • Salt for the rim (optional)

 Preparation: Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain over ice into a margarita glass. Garnish the glass with a lime wheel and salt on the rim (optional).

 

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