Today’s the day you didn’t know you needed, everyone! Today’s the day we learn about one of my absolute FAVORITE spirits:
It’s like a law or something that says whenever you say it in all caps you have to embed the video. I don’t make the rules, I just follow ’em.
But let’s be real, here. We’re talking about this gorgeous, flowing bottle of clear deliciousness:
Everyone who has ever made a margarita knows the name Sauza, and the go-to should always be your Sauza 100% Blue agave Tequla Silver Tequila. This is a blanco tequila or new, un-aged tequila made from 100% blue agave grown in the Mexican state of Jalisco. There are other classifications of Tequila as well– the youngest is blanco, which is aged for less than two months in stainless steel barrels. Then there’s reposado tequila (rested tequila) which is aged between 2 and 12 months in oak barrels. The next level is añejo tequila, or “old” tequila, aged from one to three years in oak barrels. The last is extra añejo tequila, which is aged at a minimum of three years. This “type” of tequila wasn’t in existence until 2006, when the craft spirit industry really took off, and people were looking for less-harsh and more mellowed out flavors in their tequila.
If the label of your tequila does not say “100% blue agave” it is likely that sugar has been added to the tequila. This is 100% not a bad thing, especially if you’re using your tequila in sweetened mixed drinks. But if you want a “pure” tequila, buy one that says 100% Blue Agave!
If you think that tequila is the beverage for bad college memories, think again. Our mistakes while under the influence of beverages consumed out of red Solo cups are our fault alone. Tequila is one of the most highly-regulated spirits in the world, and Mexico takes its production very, very seriously. While, certainly, there are some tequilas that are higher quality than others, there’s nothing in it, inherently, that causes co-eds to go streaking or make out with other people’s significant others. (That’s just the fault of being 21.)
Now, another misconception is that there’s nothing to do with tequila beyond the realm of shots and margaritas. And I’m ready to show you that that is simply not true.
This cocktail to the left is called the Mexican Victor-ita– more of a twist on a Cosmopolitan than a marg, but still as refreshing.
- 1 ½ parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
- ½ part DeKuyper® Triple Sec
- 4 parts cranberry juice
- 2 parts orange juice
- 2 oranges
- ½ cup cranberries, frozen (optional)
- 2 tbsp. sugar
Preparation: First make your garnishes. Freeze ½ cup of cranberries. Using a channel knife cut a long spiral from on orange (see if you can make it all the way in one try!) and cut into 6 inch pieces. Twist the peels around your bar spoon and reserve for garnish. Zest the other orange with a spice grater to remove just the peel and none of the pith and combine with sugar. Cut the zested orange into wedges. Rub a wedge of orange around half the rim of your glasses. Roll the glasses through the sugared orange zest.
In a shaker, combine the rest of the sugar and orange zest mixture with the cranberry juice, orange juice, Sauza® Blue Silver, orange liqueur, and the juice from the orange. Twist the orange peel over the drink and place on the prepared glass. Top with frozen cranberries and serve your cocktail.
But I was personally WAY more excited about the Spicy Señorita– a tequila-and-beer cocktail that sounds perfect for Cinco De Mayo:
- 1 part Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
- 2 parts beer
- 1 part frozen limeade concentrate
- 1 part water
- A dash of hot sauce (I left this out– too hot for me!)
- Sugar (for garnish)
- Salt (for garnish)
- Red pepper (for garnish)
- Chili pepper (for garnish)
In a glass, combine all ingredients. Chill and serve in glasses rimmed with sugar, salt and red pepper.
Or, if that’s a bit too spicy for you, I recommend rimming your glass in a mixture of salt and Tajin. It’s a really awesome mix of peppers and spices sold in many grocery stores. It’s fantastic as a cocktail garnish, or even on top of fruit.
I love beer cocktails and this one is bright, citrusy, sweet and refreshing. This will be a great addition to your Cinco de Mayo party!
I was not monetarily compensated for working with Sauza tequila. I was sent a free bottle of Sauza 100% Blue Agave Tequila Silver.