Californians: Cozy Up with Casa Mexico Tequila for the Holiday Season
Californians: Cozy Up with Casa Mexico Tequila for the Holiday Season
Check out these 15 Specialty Cocktails Featuring Our Silver Tequila and Anejo Tequila (The Best Anejo Tequila 😉)
In California, residents are on a stay-at-home order (and have been for most of 2020). That means many will be ringing in the New Year on our couches. With bars and restaurants closed, some of us may be feeling nostalgic for our favorite cocktails. If you have extra time at home (we do!), why not try your hand at creating one of your favorite drinks? Or, if you need some inspiration, we’ve put together a list of 15 specialty tequila cocktails that will keep you and your loved ones in high spirits during the holiday season. Dig into this list and purchase a bottle (or two) of our Casa Mexico Silver Tequila or our Anejo Tequila.
The Golden Boy
The Golden Boy is a cocktail inspired by boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya and skillfully crafted by innovative bartender Dan Rook.
Add the ingredients to a tightly sealed shaker and dry shake. The objective is to mix the elements while also aerating them – so shake the shaker as hard and as long as possible.
Fill the shaker with ice and shake until thoroughly chilled, about 15 seconds until the bottom of the metal shaker frosts over. Strain the cocktail into a chilled glass. Then, garnish with shaved chocolate and, if desired, Conchita. Salud!
Be sure to hold both parts of the shaker tightly when dry shaking because the air will expand the mixture.
Ideally, you want to chill your glassware for a couple of hours when you have the time, but a minimum of 30 minutes should suffice if you are short on time.
Leave the glassware in the freezer until the last moment you are ready to pour your cocktails to achieve the maximum chill.
.5 chopped pepper of choice, we like to use a serrano pepper
For rim coating: lime wedge & salt
For garnish: fresh strawberries & minced mint
Rub a lime wedge around the rim of your glass. Dip the rim in salt and then set it aside. Next, combine our Casa Mexico Silver Tequila, lime juice, strawberry mint syrup, and pepper in a cocktail shaker.
Fill the shaker with ice and shake for 15 seconds or until chilled. An excellent way to tell when the shaker is chilled is when the bottom of the shaker frosts over ❄️. Then, fill a glass with ice and strain the margarita into the glass. Garnish with fresh strawberries and minced mint if desired. Cheers!
Strawberry Syrup Ingredients:
8 hulled and sliced strawberries
6 fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 cup brown sugar
Combine all of your ingredients in a ceramic bowl and lightly muddle to mix. Let the mixture steep for a few minutes, then muddle a bit more to distribute the ingredients evenly. Pour syrup through a strainer into a jar and let cool.
To release some of the herb’s aromatic appeals, you can spank your mint before adding it to your drink. 😉
Use brown sugar because it is less processed than white sugar.
The hot water releases all the flavors from the sugar, mint, and strawberry.
Try substituting the sour component in your margarita – typically lime – with either grapefruit or lemon.
Make a large batch of the strawberry mint syrup the night before you plan to make your strawberry mint margaritas.
Start with equal parts syrup to sour ratio and adjust from there.
Add a little spice to your recipe with a dash of the chopped poblano pepper.
La Bifurca (Proverbial Fork in the Road)
This is a simple drink featuring Casa Mexico’s Anejo – the best anejo tequila. After just a sip or two, we find that we may be at a proverbial fork in the road.
Mix your tequila, bitters, and syrup with crushed ice. Dilute well for about 45 seconds. Add your dash of mezcal over the large cube of ice. Transfer the mixture to your chosen glass with a salted rim over the large cube of ice. Garnish with a dry Chile de Arbol.
¡Feliz Año Nuevo! (Happy New Year)
Light up your New Year with this sparkly and refreshingly fruity cocktail – if you love lemon, pineapple, and blueberries, you’ll want to save this one.
Gently muddle six blueberries in a shaker. Combine the remainder of ingredients except for the prosecco in the shaker with ice and vigorously shake. Double strain into a champagne flute and add a splash of prosecco. Garnish with a blueberry skewer.
Coconut Matcha Madness
Use Casa Mexico Silver Tequila in this creamy, matcha-flavored cocktail.
Splash of coconut water syrup. Click here for our mouthwatering recipe.
Dash of cinnamon
To taste: squeeze of lime for acidity
For garnish: cinnamon stick & grated cinnamon
Build your Coco Matcha Madness in a Collins glass and stir with crushed ice. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and grated cinnamon to taste.
Fun fact: A Collins glass is cylindrical and narrower and taller than a highball glass.
Also a fun fact: If you were scratching your head wondering what a “highball glass” is, it’s a glass tumbler used to serve “tall” cocktails and other mixed drinks that contain a large proportion of a non-alcoholic mixer and are poured over ice. It is often used interchangeably with the Collins glass, although the highball glass is shorter and wider in shape.
This recipe is a rejuvenating blend of hibiscus syrup, watermelon juice, and rosewater that makes for a genuinely New Year-worthy cocktail.
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until cold – double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with grated chocolate.
We’ve all heard of a whiskey sour, but this tequila twist to the classic fruity sour cocktail will take your taste buds on a ride. 🚌 If you’re tired of the same old margarita and are looking for a new flavor with a bit of a kick, then give this spicy grapefruit sour a whirl.
In a cocktail shaker, add all of your ingredients with ice. Give it a hard shake to mix the ingredients and chill your beverage. Next, strain out the ice and give it another hard shake. Strain into your glass and garnish with a slice of grapefruit or jalapeño.
Cucumber Coconut Margarita
If you want a sweet and refreshing take on the margarita, try this recipe that is tempered with coconut water and cucumber.
Combine all ingredients with four cucumber slices in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously to chill, then strain onto the ice in a highball glass. Use your remaining three cucumber slices to garnish. Lookin’ fancy!
Blue Curaçao (a liqueur flavored with orange peel and cloves) gives this cocktail its bright blue festive color. A combination of lime and tropical Red Bull make it an exciting New Year’s Eve choice.
Combine ingredients into a blender with ice, then blend until smooth for a frozen variation of this cocktail. Elements can also be mixed with ice in a shaker, shaken vigorously, then strained into a glass over ice. Slice a pineapple wedge to garnish.
Picosita (A Little Spicy 🌶️)
Featuring Casa Mexico Reposado Tequila, this cocktail is one-of-a-kind using muddled cantaloupe to accentuate a mellow, mildly creamy texture complemented by spicy habanero peppers.
2 slices of habanero chile (reserve 1 for garnish)
In a cocktail shaker, combine your tequila, simple syrup or agave nectar, muddled cantaloupe, lime juice, one slice of habanero chile, and ice. Shake the mixture vigorously, then strain into a short glass over ice. Garnish with remaining slice of habanero.
Sparkling Strawberry Basil
Enjoy a strawberry rendition of the classic paloma with an earthy touch of basil to balance the strawberries’ sweetness and grapefruit’s acidity. This deliciously fruity cocktail is dangerously smooth – you’ll want another!
Rub your glass rim with lime and smoked sea salt. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, except for the LaCroix. Shake until chilled and thoroughly mixed. Pour through a fine strainer into a highball glass over fresh ice. Then top with LaCroix, strawberry, and basil garnish.
This Paloma recipe has a distinct flavor that combines sweet and spicy.
Coat the rim of your glass with lime and Tajín. Add all of your ingredients except for the pepper into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously to chill and thoroughly mix. Strain into your glass over fresh ice, and top with pineapple soda. Garnish with a slice of pineapple.
The Old Fashioned – Tequila Rendition
This cocktail uses Casa Mexico’s Reposado Tequila to emulate this whiskey-based classic into a tequila rendition for us tequila lovers.
Pour ingredients into a glass over fresh ice. Stir until mixed and garnish with orange peel.
The Tequila Swizzle gets its name from a swizzling technique with a swizzle stick that tops the drink with a stimulating foamy froth. This cocktail is slightly sweet and refreshing, combining citrus and sweetener with minced mint leaves.
Fun fact: A swizzle stick is a small stick used to stir drinks. The original swizzle sticks were created in the 18th century at a rum plantation in the West Indies using the branch of the Quararibea turbinata (also known as the “Swizzle stick tree”).
Line the bottom of your glass with fresh mint leaves. Lightly muddle the mint leaves. Add all remaining ingredients but the bitters into a Collins glass filled with crushed ice. With your swizzle stick (or bar spoon if you don’t have a swizzle stick yet), swizzle the cocktail holding the spoon in the palm of your hands and twirl until there is foam on top and the glass frosts. Not only is it delicious, but it’s a presentation! Add four dashes of the bitters to the top, then garnish with mint.
The Smoky Horchata
The Smoky Horchata cocktail is a twist on the classic spiked eggnog, only with a little more sweetness and spiciness. You’ll love this if you love sweet cocktails.
For garnish: fresh grated nutmeg, cinnamon stick & 1 dollop of whipped cream (or Cool Whip)
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add Casa Mexico’s Reposado Tequila, mezcal, simple cinnamon syrup, and horchata eggnog. Vigorously shake until the ingredients are combined and chilled. Pour into a rocks glass or coupe glass if you want to be extra fancy. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream, freshly grated nutmeg, and a cinnamon stick.
Fun fact: The coupe glass, also known as the Champagne Coupe or the Champagne Saucer, is a stemmed glass featuring a broad, shallow bowl. As you may have guessed, this glass was developed initially for champagne, however, changing tastes have replaced it with a fluted glass as the go-to glass for champagne drinkers.
You can easily make this cocktail with store-bought eggnog and horchata, but if you would like the satisfaction and have the time to go a homemade route, here is how to make your horchata eggnog from scratch.
4 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar or low carb sweetener
2 cups rice milk
2 cups heavy cream
1 tsp. grated nutmeg
2 tsp. simple cinnamon syrup
1/2 cup toasted almond flour
1/2 cup toasted unsweetened coconut flakes
Mix the almond flour and coconut flakes in a frying pan. Toast over medium heat until the mixture becomes fragrant and browns, then set aside.
For the eggnog, mix the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl and whisk until creamy. Next, combine the rice milk and heavy cream in a pot over low heat, stirring continuously to prevent from burning. Add a small portion of the hot milk mixture to the egg yolks in a bowl and mix before adding the whole mixture back into the pot. This will keep the eggs from cooking and turning hard. Whisk on medium heat until the mixture thickens and can stick to the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and mix in the simple cinnamon syrup, nutmeg, and toasted coconut and almonds. Let the mixture cool to room temperature, add to a blender, and thoroughly blend it until creamy smooth. Once fully blended, pour a fine strainer into a pitcher, and your horchata eggnog is ready to be mixed into a delicious tequila cocktail or enjoyed by itself.
Ready to put your skills to the test?
If you’re feeling inspired by these cocktails and are ready to put your bartending skills to the test, head over to this page to buy a few bottles of our tequila online. We may all be celebrating a bit differently than we used to, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still make it a great time! Find your silver lining and treat yourself this New Year. With Casa Mexico Tequila, you will be in good company with great spirits and recipes to keep you celebrating! 🎉