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La Palapa Cocina Mexicana Celebrates National Tequila Day!

La Palapa Recipes You Can Create at Home What is more appropriate to enjoy on National Tequila Day than an authentic Mexican culinary experience you can accomplish at home with the direction of Barbara Sibley, chef-owner of New York City’s La Palapa Cocina Mexicana.  She graciously provided us with three exceptional and easy to replicate recipes […]

Cool Off with the Don Julio Cucumber Mint Margarita

Don Julio Cucumber Mint Margarita While tequila may be Mexico’s national spirit, we’re thrilled to see its popularity recently skyrocket in the United States.  From Margaritas and Bloody Marias to Palomas and Sunrises, tequila cocktails are being served up with regularity at thousands of bars, restaurants and homes across the country. In honor of National Tequila Day on July 24th, […]

Quinceaneras are for Divas: Diva Tequila Cupcakes

We’re expecting the gentlemen from Del Bravo for a visit on Monday so I’m doing a little preparation in the kitchen today. Whenever we’re contacted by brand owners who will be coming through San Antonio, we like to invite them to the Tequila Aficionado Headquarters for drinks and a chat.  We like to film a […]

Celebrate Summer with Don Julio

Don Julio Celebrates the Solstice Saturday, June 21st marks the official first day of summer, and what better way to celebrate the summer solstice than with specialty cocktails from Tequila Don Julio. Try mixing up a Highway 71, a spirit-forward beverage made with complex, quality ingredients including Tequila Don Julio Añejo, coconut infused sweet vermouth and chocolate mole bitters. A summery twist […]

Hornito’s Lime Shot: A Must-Have For the Kitchen But Don’t Drink It!

…But It’s Against Everything I Believe In! I’ll be honest, I wasn’t all that excited about reviewing Hornito’s Lime Shot but the folks who do Hornito’s PR were so nice that I thought I’d set aside my prejudicial notions and give it a whirl for their sake.  As it happens, I was correct in my […]

Lime Free Margarita

Lack of Limes Severe rain and disease have driven the cost of limes to triple in value.  When it’s essential to your food and beverage menu, what do you do? For Barbara Sibley, owner and executive chef of La Palapa Cocina Mexicana, necessity quickly becomes the mother of invention. Using less lime in food garnish […]

Perfect Pairing: Memorial Day BBQ with Hornitos Lime Shot

Hornitos Lime Shot Yes, we went there!  The good folks at Hornitos were kind enough to send us some samples so we did what we do – Tasting & Testing.  Look for our review of Lime Shot – and the reason why you absolutely must have this in your kitchen – coming this week! According […]

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 […]

Happy Mother’s Day from Patron

Mother’s Day Cocktails from Patron 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 Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa 2 oz. Ultimat Vodka 0.75 oz. Caramel Syrup 1 oz. Caramel […]

Tequila Test Kitchen: Avion Espresso Cake

Tequila Test Kitchen 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 […]