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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.


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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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Are You Watching the Mad Men Premiere Tonight?

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Sexy Secretary?


An Old Fashioned?



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


  • 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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Hornitos Welcomes Game of Thrones with Fire & Ice

hbo, game of thrones, Daenerys, hornitosHornitos loves Game of Thrones!

The season four premiere of Game of Thrones was Sunday night.  As you replay it on your DVR, enjoy all of the fiery battles and drama that come along with this epic season by mixing up this cool cocktail courtesy of Hornitos  – The Hornitos® Fire & Ice cocktail.

With tensions rising in the Seven Kingdoms, watch as Daenerys and her dragons embark on a journey to claim the Iron Throne as her birthright. Sit back, relax and enjoy the battles ensue right in front of your eyes with this Hornitos® Game of Thrones series-inspired cocktail.


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Hornitos Fire & Ice

  • 1 part Hornitos® Plata Tequila
  • 1 part concord grape juice
  • ½ part lemon juice


Add ingredients to glass over ice and stirPreparation:


Hornitos® Plata Tequila Fun Facts: Hornitos® Plata is a premium tequila that isn’t afraid to act like one. It’s made from the flesh of Blue Agave and exudes smoothness with hints of clove and floral spices. The purest of expressions, Hornitos® signature cultivated yeast and sealed production system ensure that Hornitos® Plata retains its unique agave flavor.


Hornitos® Plata is Not Just Any Tequila


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Winning Cocktail Recipes from Tequila Rocks

By Ryan Kelley | 05.09.11

On April 17, 2011, fourteen of the Bay Area’s best mixologists competing in the Tequila Rocks cocktail competition, sponsored by Casa Noble Tequila, at A Taste of Tequila and Tamales by the Bay, an annual benefit event for Benchmark Institute. Each contestant had five minutes to mix an original cocktail using Casa Noble tequila (blanco, reposado, or añejo) as the base ingredient. Tequila Aficionado Senior Editor Ryan Kelley joined H. Joseph Ehrmann (owner/barman Elixir in San Francisco) and Virginia Miller (Bay Area food and drink writer) on the judging panel to select the top three cocktails. The event was hosted by Tres Executive Beverage Director Ashley Miller.

The winning cocktail recipes are posted below. The prize for first place included a bottle of Casa Noble Single Barrel Anejo, two Casa Noble engraved Riedel tequila glasses, and an engraved Tequila Rocks pitcher. (Read Ryan’s blog entry detailing his experience as a judge, including more information on this “a-maize-ing” event.)

First Place:
Council of Four

Brian Means (Bartender at Chow)


  • 1.5 oz. Casa Noble Reposado tequila
  • 0.5 oz. Amontillado sherry
  • 0.5 oz. St. Germain liqueur
  • 0.5 oz. lemongrass syrup
  • 2 dashes lemon bitters
  • garnish: dehydrated Meyer lemon wheels with edible flowers stuck onto it by agave nectar


  1. Add cracked ice, shake and strain into a coupe glass.
  2. Garnish and serve.

Second Place:
Hernan’s Hermanos

Michael Callahan (Bartender at Azul)

casa noble blanco, tequila, tequila aficionadoIngredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Casa Noble Blanco tequila
  • 1 oz. Txakolina Spanish wine
  • 0.25 oz. St. Germain
  • 2 drops celery bitters
  • 3 drops lime bitters
  • garnish: mezcal-infused dehydrated apple crisp
  1. Directions:
  2. Combine all ingredients.
  3. Stir and strain into coup.
  4. Garnish with mezcal-infused dehydrated green apple crisp and serve.

Third Place:
The Garden Elixir

Jay Crabb (Bar Manager, Walnut Creek Yacht Club)

casa noble reposado, tequila, tequila aficionadoIngredients:

  • 8 cilantro leaves
  • 4 thin radish slices
  • tiny pinch of salt
  • 1.5 oz. home-made carrot syrup (chopped carrots in 2 parts water to 1 part sugar ratio syrup)
  • 0.5 oz. Cocchi Aperitivo Americano
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 2 healthy dashes celery bitters
  • 1.75 oz. Casa Noble Reposado tequila
  • splash of seltzer water
  • garnish: very thin jicama spirals, 1 cilantro sprig, thin radish slice
  • dust with Picositos seasoning


  1. casa noble anejo, tequila, tequila aficionadoMuddle cilantro leaves and radish slices in bottom of a mixing glass with a tiny pinch of salt.
  2. Add carrot syrup, Cocchi, lime juice, celery bitters and tequila and shake well with ice.
  3. Top with a splash of seltzer water.
  4. Garnish with jicama spirals, cilantro sprig, and radish slice.
  5. Dust with spicy/sweet/sour Picositos seasoning and serve.

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