Bartending With Beau: The Strawberry Sunrise!

Enjoy this carb-free tequila cocktail
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Strawberry Sunrise

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz of your favorite blanco tequila (I suggest Don Nacho Blanco)
  • 1 orange
  • 3 large strawberries

Instructions:

Slice 2 strawberries, then muddle in the bottom of your favorite lowball glass (or your favorite cup). Add tequila to the muddled strawberries and stir. fill glass with ice on top of strawberry/tequila mixture. Pour the juice from a whole orange on top of ice, tequila, and strawberries and garnish with 3rd strawberry. Cheers!

 

Here's 2 more great recipes featuring tequila:

Don Nacho Pineapple lush

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz of your favorite blanco tequila (I suggest Don Nacho Blanco)
  • 1.5 oz coconut rum (I use Malibu)
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 cherry or pineapple slice

Instructions:

Shake tequila and pineapple juice for about 10 seconds and strain over fresh ice in to a lowball glass (or your favorite cup!). Float the pineapple juice on top and garnish with cherry or pineapple slice. Cheers!

Tequila Old Fashioned

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz of your favorite reposado or añejo tequila (I highly recommend Cava Don Samuel or Don Nacho)
  • Bitters (can be found at local grocery store)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Orange twist (the peal without the meat)

Instructions:

Combine 3 dashes of Bitters with the sugar and 1 tablespon of warm water in a lowball glass (or your favorite cup!), then stir until the sugar is dissolved. Fill glass with ice, then add tequila. Garnish with orange twist. Cheers!

 

One of the most refreshing drinks you can make with your favorite tequila is the Paloma!

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz of your favorite tequila (I'd use a reposado. Don't know the difference? scroll down!)
  • Juice from 1/2 Grapefruit
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • Soda water or seltzer (Use your favorite hard seltzer to make it extra boozy)
  • Salt (optional)

Instructions:

Using a little fresh lime juice, salt the rim of your favorite glass and fill it with ice, set aside. Combine tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and shake. Strain the tequila and juices in to glass with salted rim and ice. Top with soda/seltzer and garnish with grapefruit or lime wedge and enjoy. Cheers!

How much do you REALLY know about tequila? 

It's not a very commonly known thing, but most tequilas probably shouldn't even be considered tequilas. For a distiller to be able to label a bottle "tequila" it only has to be 51% actual tequila! Tequila is expensive to make, and is often cut with vodka or rum to bring down the cost! The agave plant only grows in a small region in Mexico, whereas vodka and rum are distilled from ingredients that can be found all over the world. (Start by looking for '100% Agave' labels)

So what's the difference in the three types of tequilas? I'm glad you asked! It's mostly age, so let's take a closer look:

Silver, or Blanco tequilas

This tequila is not aged, and is actually tequila in it's most pure form. They are most typically made solely from the blue agave plant. Because they are the most basic form, they are also the least expensive of tequilas, which makes them ideal for mixed drinks, such as margaritas. Just take your favorite blanco tequila, and mix it with your favorite mararita mix! ORR... Take the juice from 1 lime, 1/2 Orange, and a little Gran Marnier and mix with tequila. Mmm...

Reposado Tequilas

Reposado translates to mean restful, or in this case, rested (aged). Reposado tequilas have been aged for at least two months, but perhaps as long as a full year, in oak barrels. This allows the flavor to mellow, taking on hints of oak, and turns the tequila to a soft golden color. Reposado tequilas are often used in premium mixed drinks and are also popular for those taking shots of tequila. Try making a Paloma with your favorite reposado: Add grapefruit juice and a splash of lime juice to the tequila and top with a splash of soda. ORR... Squeeze the juice from 1/2 grapefruit and 1/2 lime with the tequila and top with a splash of soda. Mmm...

Añejo Tequilas

Añejo Tequilas are aged in small batches in white oak casks for over a year, sometimes much longer. Añejo tequilas have complex flavors. This makes them a great choice for tasting or sipping tequilas, meant to be drunk on their own. The longer aging imparts complex oak flavors and a color that varies between deep gold and soft brown. Añejo Tequilas are very drinkable, or sippable, so enjoy your favorite Añejo neat, on the rocks, or with a splash of soda and squeeze of fresh lime juice. Mmm...

 

Making a wildly popular 'Sex on the Beach' at home is really easy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz of your favorite vodka
  • 1 oz Peach Scnapps
  • 1.5 oz Cranberry Juice
  • 1.5 oz Orange Juice

Instructions: Combine all ingredients in your favorite glass or cup. Garnish with orange slice, cherry, or both!

Cheers from 'Jenn and Friends', Star 94.1, and the entire Entercom family!

Please drink responsibly.