People just need a reason to drink. Some use the excuse of a special occasion or day of the week (i.e. Tuesday happy hour specials) while others just make up a holiday. Not that I’m complaining. This Sunday is National Tequila Day, and if you’re not planning on having a shot of the good stuff at the bar then here are some yummy cocktails to whip up at home.
Organic Blueberry & Basil Margarita
1 ½ oz. Fresh organic blueberries (approx. 20-23 each)
2 Large organic basil leaves
1 ½ oz. Organic Casa Noble Reposado Tequila
3/4 oz. Fruit Lab Citry, organic orange liqueur
3/4 oz. Organic light agave syrup
1 oz. Freshly squeezed, organic lime juice
In a bar mixing glass, muddle the basil leaves and the blueberries. Add the remaining ingredients and shake well with ice to chill. Strain over fresh ice into a highball glass. Garnish with a fresh basil top and a few whole blueberries and serve.
Courtesy of Patricia Richards, Head Mixologist, Wynn and Encore resorts
Italian Sunset Punch Cocktail
1 1/4 oz. Milagro Reposado
½ oz. Lillet Rouge
½ oz. Solerno
0.75 oz. Lime juice
½ oz. Agave nectar
1 oz. Blood orange juice
3 Basil leaves
2 Dashes rhubarb bitters [editors note: Um, rhubarb bitters? Where in the world does one get those?)
½ oz. Water
1 oz. Ginger beer
Mix in punch bowl.
Courtesy of Gaston Martinez, Brand Ambassador, Milagro Tequila
Photo credit: Zocalo