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Alternative Margaritas in Response to the Lime Shortage

Alternative Margaritas Make the Lime Shortage a Non-Issue

With the ongoing lime shortage and resulting high prices in fresh limes, people will need to get a bit more creative about their standard Memorial Day Weekend fare.  We’ve decided to dedicate this week to helping you make the most of your tequila this coming holiday weekend.

Some Great Alternatives

Today we’ll show you some tasty alternatives to the traditional margarita that few will turn down at your Memorial Day Barbeque!  Click on any of the images for recipes:

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Creamsicle Margarita

The Creamsicle Margarita, courtesy of Shine Beautifully (where you can also find recipes for tequila based body scrubs and other decadent ways to pamper your skin).

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Coconut Creamsicle Margarita

If you just can’t get enough of rich creamsicle flavors, try this Coconut Creamsicle Margarita, courtesy of Eat, Drink, & Be Tracy.

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Spicy Grapefruit Margarita

This Spicy Grapefruit Margarita is easy and inexpensive with all those pink Texas grapefruits out in markets now!  This recipe is courtesy of The Life Styled, by Catherine Sheppard.

meyer lemon margarita, rick baylessMeyer Lemon Margarita

This Meyer Lemon Margarita, courtesy of Rick Bayless and the Latin Kitchen, takes old fashioned lemonade up several notches and never asks for lime.

  Lastly, one of our favorites (and the topic of an upcoming article) is the Hibiscus Margarita.  Here’s the recipe:

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Photo Courtesy of Wild Hibiscus Pyramid Salt Flakes. Recipe Courtesy of Emilio Tiburcio.

Wild Hibiscus Margarita

Created by mixologist Emilio Tiburico

2 part tequila silver or blanco
1 part orange liqueur
1 part lime juice
1 part syrup from jar of Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup

Garnish: Rim glass with lime juice and dip rim of glass in into Wild Hibiscus Flower Pyramid Salt Flakes

Garnish with a lime wedge and a Wild Hibiscus Flower.

For more Wild Hibiscus Margarita recipes, visit their page here.

 

 

Another Fruity Delight

fruit salad, tequila   This Tequila Lime Fruit Salad, courtesy of Taste of Home, can be made simply and without lime by simply substituting 1/4 cup Hornitos Lime Shot for the tequila and lime called for in the recipe.

Plan accordingly and you could have a fantastic Memorial Day Barbeque at a fraction of the price those lime-traficantes would have you pay!  Salud!

 

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Happy Mother’s Day from Patron

Mother’s Day Cocktails from Patron

Mother's Little Helper Mother’s Little Helper

Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa 1.5 oz.

Patrón XO Cafe 1.5 oz.

Espresso 1 oz.

 

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

 

Mom's Sweet Dream Mom’s Sweet Dream

Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa 2 oz.

Ultimat Vodka 0.75 oz.

Caramel Syrup 1 oz.

Caramel syrup for garnish

 

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a caramel rim.

 

I Said So Martini I Said So Martini

Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa 2 oz.

Amaretto Liqueur 0.5 oz.

Cream 1 oz.

Almond shavings for garnish

 

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with almond shavings.

 

Mommy Dearest! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mommy Dearest! 

Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa 2 oz.

Patrón Citronge Liqueur 0.5 oz.

Pyrat Rum 0.5 oz.

 

Shake with ice. Strain into a sugar-rimmed martini glass.

 

Mother's Day Pick Me Up Mother’s Day Pick-Me-Up

Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa 1.5 oz.

Irish Cream Liqueur 0.5 oz.

Build in an old-fashioned glass. Top with ice. Serve.

 

The Good Wife

Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa3 oz.

Espresso 1 oz.

1 large scoop coffee-flavored gelato

Coffee grinds for garnish

 

Blend all ingredients in a blender and pour into a hurricane-style glass. Garnish with coffee grinds.

 

Mom Patrol

Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa 1 oz.

Almond Milk (or similar) 0.75 oz.

Espresso 1 oz.

Grenadine 0.5 oz.

Lemon peel for garnish

Cocoa nibs for garnish

 

Pour all ingredients into a shaker. Shake vigorously. Strain over ice in a Collins glass. Garnish with lemon peel and cocoa nibs.

 

Mommy Elixir Mommy Elixir

Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa 2 oz.

White Crème de Menthe 0.5 oz.

Cream 1 oz.

Fresh mint for garnish

 

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with fresh mint.

 

Mom’s Black Stiletto

Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa 1 oz.

Ultimat Vodka 1/2 oz.

Champagne 1/2 oz.

 

Add Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa and Vodka to a chilled champagne flute. Top with champagne.

 

 

 

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Tequila Test Kitchen: Avion Espresso Cake

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You may have heard about the Tequila Aficionado Test Kitchen.  I’d like to share one of our projects with you today.

When Ken Austin was kind enough to send us a bottle of Avion’s brand new Avion Espresso, I fell so deeply in love with this rich nectar that combined my two favorite things, coffee and tequila, that I knew I had to cook with it.  Here’s how the Avion Espresso Cake panned out.

Making Avion Espresso Cake

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I have personal issues with sugar so I started with the Pillsbury Sugar-Free Devil’s Food Cake Mix.  You may want to use your favorite Devil’s Food Cake mix or mix yours from scratch.

I added the eggs, water and oil (I use extra light olive oil) according to the instructions on the box.  Then I took a left turn and added the awesome.  This wasn’t just going to be some chocolate cake with a tequila liqueur splashed on it.

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I was determined that this should be one of these most magnificent mocha desserts ever!

So based on that logic, I added 2 heaping tablespoons of Hershey’s Extra Dark Cocoa Powder.  I didn’t just want an everyday chocolate cake.  This had to be intense enough to stand up to espresso.

 

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I also wanted the cake to have some mocha punch to it, so I added 2 heaping tablespoons of instant coffee crystals.  Enough to let you know it was in there but not so much it would be overpowering.  Since this was going to be an adult dessert, I didn’t worry much about the level of sweetness in the cake.  There would be frosting to balance out the strong coffee and dark chocolate.

 

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I whisked everything together to form a smooth batter.  You may prefer to use an electric mixer.

Then I poured it all into a 9×11″ baking dish sprayed with non-stick spray and baked the now mocha cake (or “double-moo-cow-chunk-chunk” as Mike likes to call it) according to the directions on the box.  (Please don’t judge the oven.  We’re working on a budget here and it does the job.)

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When the cake had finished baking for the amount of time recommended on the box and tested done, we had a beautiful, dark mocha cake with a bit of a curve in the middle.  The center part was cut off for aesthetics (and to allow the testers to be sure the cake was good).

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It was important to do that while the cake was still hot because the next steps required the heat to complete.

I used a fork with long tines to poke holes through the whole cake from top to bottom.  I didn’t want to destroy the structural integrity of the cake so I kept the holes about 1/2 inch apart.

Then I carefully measured 1/4 cup of Avion Espresso and poured it (as evenly as possible) over the warm mocha cake.  I may have also had a nip or two while the bottle was uncorked.  I welcome you to try this method as you may find this makes cooking more enjoyable.

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After adding the Avion Espresso and while the cake was still hot out of the oven, I microwaved a jar of Pillsbury Sugar-Free Chocolate Frosting for 30 seconds (just enough to soften it) and then slathered half the jar over the still hot cake.  (What you do with the rest of the frosting is your business.  I don’t judge.)

 

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With the cake properly doused with Avion Espresso and the tequila goodness sealed in with a generous layer of melted chocolate frosting, it was time to take a break.  The cake went into the refrigerator (uncovered) for several hours in order for it to cool and allow the frosting to set into a dark ganache (like fudge).

 

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Four hours later, we pulled the cake out of the refrigerator and it had set beautifully.  We cut it into 12 pieces and served it up.

Notice the dark line near the bottom of the cake – that’s where the Avion Espresso Tequila Liqueur settled after filtering through from the top of the cake.  (We also found the corners to be rich with the liqueur.)

It was delicious!

We’ll share our thoughts during the actual tasting of this cake, as well as a comparison with a chocolate cake made commercially with Patron XO Cafe, in our Tequila Test Kitchen tasting session coming soon.

Check out our Recipes Page to stay up to date on what’s going on in the Tequila Test Kitchen.

The opinions expressed here are those of Lisa Pietsch and not necessarily those of Mike Morales, Alex Perez, or any other contributors at Tequila Aficionado Media.  Tequila Aficionado and its representatives never accept payment for Test Kitchen features.  If we like your juice, we’ll play with it.  If we make something great, we’ll share it, and we welcome you to share it as well.  The Avion Espresso used in this recipe was received as a free sample courtesy of Avion Tequila.  Thanks, Ken!

 

 

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Welcome to the Tequila Test Kitchen!

Great recipes for tequila cocktails, cooking with tequila, and pairing with tequila are always welcome here at Tequila Aficionado.  We’ll share them with our readers in our articles and on our Pinterest boards.

Click on any of the images below to explore our Pinterest Recipe Boards:

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Click on any of the images below to explore recipes we’re working on in the Tequila Test Kitchen:

Some tequilas are perfection when sipped, others need a cocktail to shine, still others long to become part of a delicious dish. Here at Tequila Aficionado, we love sipping, but when a tequila begs to be prepared in a recipe or paired with something special, we enjoy exploring those options too. As our Tequila Test Kitchen efforts grow, we’ll share our boards here for your enjoyment.
Whether you prefer to sip, mix a cocktail or pair perfectly with foods, we’ve got something for you.

While we love sipping tequila, we understand that every agave deserves a place at the table.  We hope you’ll enjoy these recipes and pairing suggestions as much as we’ve enjoyed developing them.

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Want us to use YOUR tequila or liqueur?  We’ll create a Pinterest Board just for your product while we develop some great recipes for you and your customers to use and share.  Just send us your sample and we’ll start cooking!  Email Kitchen@TequilaAficionado.com to get started!

 

Watch our Recipes Page and Pinterest Boards for updates coming soon!

 
 

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Are You Watching the Mad Men Premiere Tonight?

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Suit?

Check.

Sexy Secretary?

Check.

An Old Fashioned?

Check!

 

don draper sips, mad menThat might be Don Draper’s checklist for the final season of Mad Men… knowing the twists, turns and cliffhangers awaiting viewers; Hornitos hoped to offer our readers a taste of Draper’s favorite cocktail – this time with a twist of their own. A Black Barrel® Old Fashioned uses the NEW Hornitos® Black Barrel® – this inventive spirit starts as 100% blue agave tequila, which is aged three distinct times to impart flavorful whiskey notes!

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They suggest this recipe for a sexy twist on the classic Old Fashioned cocktail: Old Fashioned, hornitos, mad men, old fashioned

 

 

 

Black Barrel® Old Fashioned

  • 1 part simple syrup
  • 1 ½ parts Hornitos® Black Barrel® Tequila
  • 0.5 part amaro
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • 2 dashes Orange bitters
  • Orange peel

Preparation:

  • Add simple syrup, Hornitos® Black Barrel® Tequila, amaro and bitters together and stir, adding in ice. Strain over fresh ice and garnish with an orange peel.

 

Old Fashioned, hornitos, mad men, old fashionedHornitos® Black Barrel® Tequila is redefining the traditional tequila experience.  Triple aged to create a unique Añejo tequila with whiskey characteristics, Hornitos® tequila is aged for 12 months in new toasted American Oak barrels.  Then, it is carefully placed into deep charred American Oak barrels for four months.  In the final aging process, the liquid is transferred to specially toasted American Oak barrels for two months to enhance the whiskey-like notes.

 

 

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