Margarita madness begins today!
In an effort to remain unbiased during National Tequila Week (here at Tequila Aficionado, every day is Tequila Day, but our nation only gives it a single holiday), Tequila Aficionado is featuring all margaritas until we run out of mixers! It’s Margarita Madness!
It’s our quinceanera and we’ll mix if we want to.
For recommendations on what Mike and Alex believe are the best tequilas for both sipping and mixing, take a look at our YouTube playlists for the Brands of Promise nominees of 2013 and 2014. All of the nominees are excellent products. Do yourself a favor and try them all!
Of course we recommend sipping, but if you must mix, we have some great margarita mixes coming up for you.
Stay tuned for our first review – and feel free to mix a few of these while you wait!
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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated in the United States. It is also celebrated in parts of Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla).
Find out more about Cinco de Mayo here.
A Closer Look with Pam Atherton
It’s one of the most expensive spirits in the world, and probably the most misunderstood. Tequila journalist Mike Morales educates us on the history, background and proper way to enjoy tequila on Cinco de Mayo and all year long.
We learn that tequila comes from a lily, not a cactus…that tequila can only come from a specific area in Mexico, or it can’t be called tequila. We learn that if there’s a worm in it, it’s NOT tequila! And Mike shares his recipe for the perfect margarita!
Click here to hear Pam Atherton’s interview with Tequila Aficionado’s M.A. “Mike” Morales.
Party Foods for Cinco De Mayo
Cinco De Mayo means Mexican Party Foods! Try some of these recipes and dress your place up with a few of these decorations and you’ve got a fiesta!
On May 1862, the Mexican Army, against all odds, defeated the French forces in the Battle of Puebla. On Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for the 5th of May), many Mexicans around the world celebrate their Mexican ancestry and people of all backgrounds can take the time to appreciate Mexican culture.
One important part of Mexican culture is the delicious foods created with fresh fruits and vegetables, cinnamon, peppers and…tequila!
If you’re hosting your own fiesta in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, check out our Cinco de Mayo pinboard at the Tequila Aficionado Pinterest page. These recipes and decoration ideas will be sure to help you create the right festive atmosphere for your party.
Cinco de Mayo is a wonderful spring holiday that we all love to celebrate, whether we’re Mexicanos or not. It is more than just a Latino St. Patrick’s Day. This is a celebration of one of America’s biggest minorities (which is actually the majority here in San Antonio). This is also a celebration of tequila culture and that makes Cinco de Mayo one of our favorite holidays here at Tequila Aficionado!
If you aren’t into sipping tequilas, don’t settle for the same old Margaritas from a bucket of mix this year!
We’ve collected some amazing Margarita recipes as well as other cocktails you can enjoy with tequila.
No matter what your tastes in cocktails may be, you’ll find something here for your Cinco de Mayo celebration as well as many others you’ll want to use while entertaining this summer.
Remember to follow our Pinboards – we update and add more pins regularly!
Click here to check out our Margarita Pinboard.
Click here to see out Tequila Drinks Pinboard.
You may have noticed that limes are getting more and more expensive. That isn’t just a case of holiday fever. You may have heard about the ruckus in Mexico about farmers not being able to get their limes across the border. Eventually, that’ll take a bite out of everyone’s favorite lime drink so why not try something that doesn’t require that tiny, overpriced citrus fruit? There are plenty of tangy, fruity recipes here! We’ve been careful to include classic tequila drinks here as well as a hearty helping of some delicious concoctions that you can make without limes.
An Old Fashioned?
That 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!
They suggest this recipe for a sexy twist on the classic Old Fashioned cocktail:
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.
Hornitos® 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.