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Let Your Team Spirits Soar

Want to party and show some support for your favorite team at the same time? Here’s a cocktail from Dulce Vida Tequila and Strong Tonic that lets you do just that. The Texas tequila maker poured this at the opening of the 2016 San Antonio Cocktail Conference.

Dulce Vida Tequila offers the San Antonio Spur

Dulce Vida Tequila offers the San Antonio Spur

1.5 ounces Dulce Vida Blanco Tequila
.25 ounce Dulce Vida Agave Nectar
.25 ounces Original Strong Tonic Syrup
.5 ounce lemon juice
3 raspberries
1 basil leaf
3 ounces Ginger Strong Tonic

Muddle the raspberries and basil leaf in a shaker. Add ice and pour in the tequila, agave nectar, tonic syrup and lemon juice. Shake. Strain into a cup filled with ice. Add Ginger Strong Tonic.

Garnish with a lemon peel (“thick twist” about 2-3 times the width of a twist).

Makes 1 cocktail.

From Strong Tonic and Dulce Vida Tequila

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Drink Up National Tequila Day with Your Choice of Cocktails

Cucumber Mint Margarita

Cucumber Mint Margarita

July 24 is National Tequila Day. To help you celebrate this august occasion, we’re offering four recipes of tequila cocktails that range from the simple, single cocktail to a pitcher-sized party mix.

Some are from Texas. Others are just spiced as if they’re from here. And all are worth a sip or three.

Cucumber Mint Margarita

A lively dose of Tabasco Sauce gives this cool, refreshing margarita a little kick. Enjoy the ride.

1/2 cup chopped cucumber, peeled and seeded
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup key lime juice
1/4 cup chopped mint
1/3 cup tequila reposado
2 tablespoons orange liqueur
1/8 teaspoon Tabasco Sauce
6 ice cubes
Salt to rim glasses
2 cucumber slices for garnish

Blend ingredients in a blender for 1 minute. Divide between two 6-ounce salt-rimmed glasses. Garnish each glass with a cucumber slice.

Makes 2 cocktails.

Raspberry Picante Paloma Pitchers

Guy on FireThis recipe comes from Guy Fieri’s latest cookbook, “Guy on Fire” (William Morrow, $29.99). As Fieri says, “Oh yeah! This is one they won’t forget. I can hear it now — “Yeah! The drink had raspberries and jalapeños, and it as so the bomb!”

12  fresh raspberries
4 thin slices jalapeño pepper
12 ounces (1 1/2 cups) tequila, preferably 100 percent blue agave tequila blanco
1 1/2 cups fresh ruby red grapefruit juice
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons agave nectar
1 1/4 cups club soda or lemon-lime soda

Grapefruit Salt:
1/4 cup kosher salt
Grated zest of 1 grapefruit
Lime wedges, for garnish

In a glass pitcher, muddle the raspberries and jalapeño, then fill halfway with ice. Add the tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice and agave. Take a second pitcher (the same size) and pour one into the other repeatedly to mix the drink together. Top it off with club soda or lemon-lime soda.

To make the grapefruit salt, crush the salt and grapefruit zest together with a mortar and pestle, then spread on a plate. Run a lime wedge around the rim of each glass, then dip the glasses in the grapefruit salt. Fill with the cocktails.

Prep-ahead tip: Make the base recipe (minus the club soda) in big battches, up to a day ahead, and hold it in the fridge, so when the party is on, all you need to do is pour (rather than stand behind the bar making drinks all night). Just top off each glass with club soda while you’re serving so the drinks stay nice and effervescent.

Makes 6-8 servings.

From “Guy on Fire” by Guy Fieri with Ann Volkwein

Matt’s Old Fashioned

Tipsy TexanThis twist on a classic cocktail comes from David Alan’s “Tipsy Texan: Spirits and Cocktails from the Lone Star State” (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $19.99). It was inspired by a Texas classic, he writes: “For generations of Austinites, dining at Matt’s El Rancho has been a tradition that has often begun in utero. This tequila Old Fashioned variation is a tribute to that venerable temple of Tex-Mex.”

2 ounces añejo tequila
1/2 ounce elderflower liqueur
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
Dash of orange bitters

Using a swivel-handled vegetable peeler, remove a strip of lemon peel and a strip of orange peel from the respective fruits over an Old Fashioned glass, allowing the peels to fall into the glass and capturing as much essential oil as possible. Add the tequila, elderflower liqueur and both bitters. Fill the glass with ice, preferably in large chunks. Stir using a bar spoon to integrate and dilute.

Makes 1 cocktail.

From “The Tipsy Texan” by David Alan

Juan’s Tequila Sour

You’ll have to hunt through used bookstores probably to find a copy of the 1978 edition of “Fiesta,” the Junior League of Corpus Christi’s cookbook. It’s worth the hunt. Until you find a copy, here’s a taste of Juan’s Tequila Sour, as contributed by Mrs. John W. Creveling Jr. (Judy Hoepfner).

2 ounces tequila
2 ounces simple syrup
2 ounces fresh lime juice

Mix the tequila, syrup and lime juice. The proportions may be varied to suite individual tastes. Serve over cracked ice.

Makes 1 serving.

From “Fiesta” by the Junior League of Corpus Christi

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Time to Drink the Kawhi Koolaid, Spurs Fans

Spurs fans have seen know Kawhi Leonard earned his Most Valuable Player honor during the NBA championship. “Now everyone is drinking the Koolaid — the Kawhi Koolaid,” according to the folks at Nao Restaurant, 312 Pearl Parkway, which created the drink in his honor.

Kawhi Koolaid

Kawhi Koolaid

Those dining at the restaurant Wednesday evening will receive a free drink. Those just stopping by anytime can order one for $9. Or you can make one for yourself at home, using the following recipe.

Kawhi Koolaid

1 ½ ounces blanco tequila
½ ounces mezcal
½ ounce sugar syrup
½ ounce lemon juice
Pinch of aji amarillo Peruvian peppers
Pineapple leaves, for garnish

Combine tequila, mezcal, syrup, lemon juice and a pinch of pepper. Shake and strain over ice. Garnish with five leaves from the pineapple crown in honor of the San Antonio Spurs’ five championship victories.

Makes 1 cocktail.

From Nao Resaturant


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When Life Takes Away Your Limes …

Have you priced limes lately? At one grocer this week, a single lime was selling for 70 cents. Can you imagine how much a real margarita made with fresh lime juice would cost? That’ll put a damper on your Cinco de Mayo get-together in a hurry.

Raspberry Collins cocktail

Raspberry Collins

Not to worry. The folks at Partida Tequila have come up with three light and lively cocktail recipes that use fresh lemon juice. So, enjoy your next cocktail party with a few extra cents in your pocket.

Abejas Rodillas (The Bee’s Knees)

1 3/4 ounces reposado tequila, such as Partida Reposado
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
3/4 ounce honey syrup (1:1 dilution of honey and water)
Two dashes of Angostura Orange Bitters
Lemon twist, for garnish

Shake tequila, lemon juice, honey syrup and bitters with ice and strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass or serve up in a chilled cocktail glass.

Makes 1 cocktail.

From Partida Reposado

Partida Raspberry Collins

1 3/4 ounce blanco tequila, such as Partida Blanco Tequila
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
3/4 ounce agave nectar syrup (1:1 dilution with water)
8 to 10 raspberries
Lemon twist, for garnish
3 raspberries, on a pick, for garnish

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain over fresh ice into a highball glass. Top with sparkling water or club soda.

Makes 1 cocktail.

From Partida Blanco Tequila

Repo Cup

Repo Cup

Repo Cup

1 ½ ounces reposado tequila, such as Partida Reposado
¾ ounce yellow chartreuse
¼ ounce fresh lemon juice
Fever Tree Bitter Lemon
Sliced cucumbers, for garnish

Build tequila, chartreuse, lemon juice and soda with ice in a highball glass. Garnish with cucumber.

Makes 1 cocktail.

From Partida Reposado

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