Ready for National Tequila Day?

 


Two months and 3 weeks after Cinco De Mayo, comes July 24th, which is officially National Tequila Day. This year NTD falls on a Thursday. Friday might not be so pretty for many people.

We are not big tequila drinkers. In fact, I (that’s Kim in this case) have not had a tequila shot since my 21st birthday. I’ll  never forget being at the Purple Porpoise in Gainesville with my best friend standing on a table with my arms up yelling at the top of my lungs “I’m allowed to be here!” (I hope my parents haven’t figured out what a blog is yet!)

Robert likes a stiff Margarita. In fact, one of our favorite local Sarasota spots, Mattison’s, has one named after him. It’s called the Robert Margarita. Creative, right? It’s basically 1800 Gold Tequila, Grand Marnier and fresh lime juice. Robert dislikes bottled sour mix. Leah perfected it. When she was promoted she trained Lindsey how to make it. When Lindsey left she made sure that Jenny knew how to make it. Jenny left for Chicago. Robert decided on her last day that he’s done with the Robert Margarita. It was kind of a dramatic announcement. Maybe for his birthday we’ll find Jenny in Chicago.

Contrary to popular belief, tequila doesn’t just mean margaritas or shots. One of the best things about starting this blog is exploration. So this adventure took us to Mexico. In our minds. We have pretty beaches here in Sarasota so we can pretend, right?

Did you know there are more than 1,000 brands of tequila? We won’t go into the history. You can read that yourself on Wikipedia.

Our goal was to find a drink(s) that didn’t really taste too much like tequila that we might actually drink other occasions besides Cinco de Mayo and NTD. The nice guy at ABC Liquor recommended Tierra Fertil Blanco tequila. He said it was 100% agave and priced right. We already had a Reponsado type at home. So that would give us enough variety for our needs. These tequilas are probably going to sit on our liquor shelf until May 5th.

Drink One: Brave Bull (found on About.com cocktails)

   Ingredients:
– 2 oz blanco tequila
– 1 oz Kahlua Coffee Liquor

The really difficult directions:
– Pour the tequila into an old-fashioned glass with ice cubes.
– Add Kahlua.
– Swirl the glass gently.

This was actually pretty tasty. Similar  taste to an Espresso Martini. Then Robert pointed out that we had a bottle of Patron XO Cafe. A coffee liquor made with silver Patron tequila that someone had brought over. So we did a side by side comparison. It is terribly impolite to look up the price of a gift (sorry, Scott) but this bottle retails for about $24. The inexpensive tequila we got was $19, and the smaller sized Kahula bottle was $16. You do the math. The Patron went down much smoother. Maybe because the tequila quality was higher. We’ll have to test this theory out when someone brings over a high end tequila. (Hint! Hint!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drink Two: Cielo Pomegranate Martini (found on Bar None Drinks)
Ingredients:
– 2 oz El Diamante del Cielo Reposado Tequila (We had Espolon on hand. Most likely purchased for its super cool label. See photo below.)
– 8 oz Pomegranate Juice (We replaced with Pom – Cran. You know, cuz that’s what we had.)
– 3 oz Orange Juice
– 1 oz Cointreau (we replaced with Grand Marnier. Once again,  because that’s what we had.)
– 1/2 oz Lime Juice
– Splash of Fresca (We used 7 Up)
– Mango slice as garnish (The real reason we went with this drink was we needed to use the Mango we had before it went bad!)

Place the first 5 ingredients in a shaker filled with ice.
Shake well.
Pour into chilled martini glasses.
Top with 7Up, Sprite, Fresca (whatever you have on hand)
Garnish with a slice of mango.

       As far as not tasting too much like a tequila drink, this was a home run. It was extremely refreshing. Perfect for a hot day by the pool. Not sure it needed the slice of mango for anything other  than looks. So if you have the ingredients, or similar ones, try it out. It’s only National Tequila Day once a year.

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 Comments

  • Cristine July 22, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Can’t wait for National Tequila Day. I will be toasting with a Pineapple Chiptole Margarita. A great balance between spicy and sweet. Salud!

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    • Kim & Robert July 22, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      That sounds delicious! Have one (or 2) for us!

      Reply
  • Mother July 23, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Yes, your Mother does know what a “blog” is. Thanks to granddaughters, Grandmothers can be kept up to date (up to a point!). Grandfathers are harder to keep up to date.

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    • Kim & Robert July 23, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      Don’t tell Dad. 🙂

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  • Brian July 23, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Love the Porpoise ref. Go Gators!

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    • Kim & Robert July 23, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      Kim joined the Facebook group called: I went to UF when it was still the Purple Porpoise. (So dating myself!)

      Reply
  • Andy July 23, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    We made a killer margarita using a puree of watermelon, simple syrup, lime juice and of course tequila. May be my new favorite tequila drink – very refreshing summer cocktail!

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    • Kim & Robert July 23, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      That does sound delicious. Might have to add it to the list. Cheers!

      Reply

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