Happy National Tequila Day!
Ah, tequila. It can be both our friend and our enemy. It’s been responsible for some of our greatest memories here at Team GB, but also some of the worst hangovers that we’ve ever endured!
But we’re not one the hold a grudge, and we could never turn our backs on this much-loved tipple. And as it’s National Tequila Day, we’ve been thinking about the cocktails that we enjoy most that feature this little treasure.
As we’re all probably well-aware, tequila originates from Mexico. It’s synonyms with the Central American nation and, since being first produced in the 1650s, is now enjoyed across the globe.
It was actually first produced in the town of Tequila (which is obviously now at the top of our list of places to visit next), and started to be exported to the US and beyond from the late 1800s.
How it’s made
It’s made using juices from the Blue Agave Plant (sort of like Aloe Vera), which needs to be grown for around 10 years before being ready for harvest.
The more Agave used, the higher the purity. Mexican law states that all tequila must use at least 51% of the plant and, surely, any alcoholic drinks containing this amount of green must be a good thing!
How to enjoy
We’re not sure whether it’s just us, but we picture ourselves drinking most tequila-based cocktails on a golden beach; the sun beating down of us as we look out over tranquil blue seas.
But given we’re in the good old UK most of the year, we rely on tequila bringing the holiday vibes to us. Here are just a few of our favourites.
A true classic. Grab yourself the following, mix together and transport yourself to the tropics.
· 50 ml tequila
· 25 ml lime juice
· 25 ml contreau
· 1 lime
· Salt for rimming
Somebody once combined tequila, orange juice and grenadine, and we now have a Happy Hour favourite.
· 50ml tequila
· fresh orange juice, to top up
· 1 tbsp grenadine
Can you think of anything more refreshing than a glass full of grapefruit juice, gently mixed with our Mexican favourite? We can’t.
· 1 part tequila
· 3 parts grapefruit juice
· Salt for rimming
Somebody once went to make a Bloody Mary, realised they were out of vodka, and replaced with tequila. We now have the Bloody Maria.
· 2 ice cubes
· Tequila double shot
· ½ lemon, juice only
· 6 dashes Worcestershire sauce
· 3 dashes Tabasco sauce
· 150ml tomato juice
· pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper
A twist on this classic, the Mexican Negroni brings a sweeter taste and real departure from your middle-of-the-road favourites. Try something new this weekend.
· 25 ml tequila
· 15 ml Mezcal
· 75 ml Campari
· 75 ml Sweet Vermouth
Salt on the back of your hand, a shot down your throat and your lips around a bitter lemon. Enjoy tequila the way it’s meant to be.
· 1 shot tequila
So there you have it, just a few of our favourite tequila-based delights! have we missed any of your preferred tipples? Let us know on social!