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Let's Craft Holiday Cocktails With Tequila

Updated: Dec 23, 2022


If you know my adventurous side, you know I love travel to Mexico and often enjoy its Tequila. I never travel south of the border without creating a new tequila (or mexzal) memory. Lately, including my last trip to the Yucatan, it’s all been about exploring the growing craft cocktails menu for tequila. Something I plan to explore more on my 2023 Tequila Tasting.

a craft cocktail from the new luxury resort  Destino Mio in the state of Yucatan Mexico
cocktail poolside at DestinoMio

Sure for many of us Tequila often brings up memories shots typically late night, but there is so much more. Of course there is the “bandera” (flag) with lemon, sangrita and simple tequila, and I do admire how tequila is drank from morning cocktails to late night moments, but I never really thought of Christmas cocktails until recently.

Below are images are recipes for some delightful tequila based holiday cocktails provided to me from Eleven20 Tequila. I received some samples and plan to enhance my Christmas Holiday moments with sampling a few of these below cocktails.


Be Merry Shots

Sure tequila is often imbibed in shot form, but that doesn't mean you cant make it a cocktail. Let's be merry....



Gingerbread Margarita.

Let's not just make gingerbread houses this season, but also tap into our creative side and craft a margarita.



The recipe:

  • 1oz of Tequila

  • 1/2 oz Triple Sec

  • 1/4 oz Gingerbread syrup

  • 1/2 oz lime juice

  • Apple slices

  • Cinnaomon Stick

  • Rosemary

  • 1 Tbs of coarse coarse turbinado sugar

Fill a mixing glass 1/2 way with ice. Add Tequila, lime juice, Gingerbread Syrup, Triple Sec and stir till chilled. "Salt" rim of coup glass with sugar. Strain into a coup glass and garnish with rosemary, apple and cinnamon.


Holiday Tequila Spritzer

Want to sprtiz up a holiday party, well then try this tequila sprtizer in a pitcher. It is perfect substute for a holiday punch. Either use cranberry seltzer (soda water) or plain seltzer, it is up to you depending on the amount of cranberry flavor desired.


Receipe:

  • 1 cup of Blanco tequila

  • 1/2 cup of Cranberry Liquor

  • 2 cuops of Cranberry Juice

  • 3 cups (Cranberry) club soda

  • Mint sprigs for garnish

  • Fresh Cranberries for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a decorative pitcher. Stir and pour into glasses with ice. Garnish with mint and cranberries.


Santa Clausrita

Now its time to make that special clauserita to that someone special on your holiday list. Plus, maybe santa might like one of these with his cookies this Christmas even?

Santa Clausita, a new christmas cocktail for your holiday cocktails thanks to Eleven20
a new type of 'rita for your christmas cocktails

Receipe

  • 1 1/2 oz of tequila

  • 1 oz lime juice

  • 1 oz coconut cream

  • 1 oz club soda

  • Red salt

Combine all liquids (except club soda) into cocktail shaker with ice. Rim glassware with red salt. Strain into desired glassare then top with club soda.


Well, there you have it four distinct and luxurious tequila craft cocktails inspired for the holidays. Let me know which is your favorite? Or which one catches your eye first.


And if you want to learn more about the types of tequila, such as blanco, repasado, and anejo, or the difference between tequila and mezcal - then definitely sign up to attend my virtual tequila tasting in Feb 2023. I'll see you there.


Happy Holidays.

Stay luxurious, Craig







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