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Archive for July 24, 2011

RECIPE: Tequila Shooter Cocktail For National Tequila Day

Photo courtesy Milagro Tequila.

 

We love the flavors of this tequila shooter combo, part of our National Tequila Day celebration. It’s a different take on the classic spicy tomato sangrita shooter.

This recipe comes from Milagro Tequila, made from 100% estate-grown blue agave from the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico.

Instead of the spicy tomato shot, pineapple juice with cilantro and mint steps in. The tequila shot is Reposado, aged a minimum of two months.

The white and green shooter cocktail is called “El Vocho” after the white and green VW Beetle taxis that formerly swarmed Mexico City (and were recently phased out following a law mandating that cabs have four doors for safety purposes).

EL VOCHO TEQUILA COCKTAIL

Ingredients

  • 4 parts Reposado tequila
  • 4 parts pineapple juice
  • 10 cilantro leaves
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 1 small slice jalapeño, seeds and ribs removed
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    Preparation
    1. Fill one shooter glass with Reposado tequila neat.
    2. Combine other ingredients in a blender and process 30 seconds. Fill the second shooter glass. Serve.

      

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    TIP OF THE DAY: Certified Humane Raised & Handled Meat

    Love animals? Buy meat that is Certified
    Humane Raised & Handled.

     

    If you care about animals yet eat meat and poultry, there’s an easy way to put your money where your steak is.

    Look for meat with the Certified Humane Raised & Handled logo.

    Humane Farm Animal Care is a national non-profit organization created to improve the lives of farm animals. It does so by setting rigorous standards, conducting annual inspections and certifying humane treatment of animals.

    The Certified Humane Raised & Handled program was developed to ensure animal welfare. Producers, processors and transporters verify that their livestock and poultry meet high quality humane animal care standards.

     

    A consumer benefit is that happy livestock tastes better.

  • The meat is more delicious because of the lack of stress placed on the animal. Stress hormones released by the endocrine system—especially at the final moments before butchering—negatively impact the flavor.
  • Animals that are well cared for typically have a better diet, which positively affects the flavor of the meat.
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    Some restaurants specialize in Certified Humane Raised & Handled animals. They don’t have to be fancy restaurants: the New York Burger Company is an example.

  • Use the store locator to find out where you can purchase Certified Humane Raised & Handled meats.
  • See a list of restaurants carrying Certified Humane meat.
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    FOOD HOLIDAY: Celebrate National Tequila Day With A Ruby Margarita

    A Ruby Margarita is made with pomegranate
    juice. Photo courtesy Tequila Herradura.

     

    Celebrate today, National Tequila Day, with a Reposado tequila.

    Most tequila cocktails are made with unaged blanco or silver tequila, the least complex expression.

    Yet, the folks at Tequila Herradura hope that you will enjoy cocktails made with their Reposado tequila.

    Herradura invented the Reposado category, and other tequila producers followed suit.

    By law, to be classified as Reposado, a tequila must be aged a minimum of two months. Herradura Reposado is aged for 11 months, to create the perfect balance of wood, fruity notes, vanilla and spices.

    Try these Margarita recipes, made with Herradura Reposado.

     

    CLASSIC MARGARITA RECIPE

    Ingredients For One Drink

  • 1½ ounces Herradura Resposado
  • 1½ ounces fresh lime juice
  • ½ ounce Cointreau
  • 1½ ounces agave nectar*
     
    Preparation
    1. Salt the rim of a rocks glass by moistening rim and dipping into a plate of kosher salt.
    2. Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake vigorously and strain into glass.

    RUBY MARGARITA RECIPE

    Ingredients For One Drink

  • 1½ ounces Herradura Reposado
  • ½ ounce pomegranate juice (our favorite brands)
  • 1½ ounces agave nectar*
  • 1½ ounces fresh lime juice
     
    Preparation
    1. Salt the rim of a rocks glass by moistening rim and dipping into a plate of kosher salt.
    2. Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake vigorously and strain into glass.

    VARIATION

    To make a Chambord Margarita Royale, add 3/4 ounce Chambord (raspberry liqueur).

  • The history of tequila
  • The history of the Margarita
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    *Simple syrup can be substituted for agave nectar.

      

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