…..If you’re looking for an excuse to drink, July 24th is National Tequila Day. Seems like there is a holiday for everything these days, but at least this time it’s something worth celebrating. Tequila sales continue to soar, and we here at 101, have helped contribute to that a lot lately. But in all seriousness, how many times has a bottle of tequila helped contribute to one of your most memorable nights? How many times have you sworn off drinking it only to find your self with a cup of it in your hand the next weekend? North America’s first native-born spirit, is the spirit you love to hate and hate to love.
We all know Tequila comes from Mexico, and from the labeling on (good) tequila, we know it comes from the blue agave plant. But did you know that Mexican law states tequila can ONLY be produced in the state of Jalisco and limited areas of Guanajuato, Michoacan, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas? Mexico has claimed the exclusive international right to the word “tequila” threatening legal actions against manufacturers of distilled blue agave spirits in other countries. But enough of the history, how about some drinks?
In honor of today’s Holiday, we’re sharing some awesome recipes featuring Austin, Texas-based Republic Tequila. Republic Tequila is an ultra premium 100% blue agave and certified organic tequila. Tomorrow we’ll be featuring a full review of their Reposado tequila but hopefully these recipes can hold you over until then.
- 1.5 oz Republic Plata
- 4 oz ginger ale
- ½ oz Chambord
- Half a fresh lime
Pour tequila and ginger ale into a rocks glass filled with ice. Top with Chambord and squeeze in fresh lime. Mix, garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy.
Cucumber Mint Margarita
- 1.5 oz Republic Plata Tequila
- .5oz Cointreau
- 1 oz Lime Juice
- 1 oz Agave Nectar
- 1 oz Water
- 2 Pieces Cucumber 1in x 1in – Cut into pieces
- 4 Mint Leaves
Muddle cucumber and mint leaves. Combine remaining ingredients and shake over ice. Pour into glass and garnish with mint.
Ruby Red (My Personal Favorite)
- 1.5 oz. Republic Reposado Tequila
- 2 oz. Fresh Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
- .5 oz. Lemon Juice
- .5 oz. Cointreau
- .5 oz. Cassis
Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake ingredients and pour into large Martini style glass. Sea salt glass rim optional.
- 2 oz. Republic Reposado or Anejo Tequila
- 1 oz. Orange Juice
- 1 oz. Agave Nectar
- Ginger Beer, for topping
- 5 grinds freshly ground pepper, for garnish
Combine tequila, orange juice, and agave nectar in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake ingredients and pour into 12 oz. pilsner glass filled with ice. Top off with ginger beer and garnish with black pepper.
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Recipes and Photo provided courtesy of Republic Tequila.