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Recap: Patron Tequila Margaritas Custom Crafted by International Bartenders

To say we had a great time celebrating International Margarita Day with Patron Tequila is an understatement. Before we had a fantastic time honoring the day, we gave you guys a sneak peek at seven never before seen margarita recipes from across the globe, all of which we had the pleasure of enjoying at the Patron Tequila Margaritas celebration. The evening was nothing short of amazing, with a night full of spectacular cocktails, great music, and amazing eats.

Surrounded by all things Patron, including the very stylish ponchos worn by staff members (we so want one), we had the very difficult task of voting for our favorite Patron Tequila Margarita out of the seven amazing cocktails that were on-hand to indulge in. If you read our previous post which is linked at the beginning of this post, you note the margarita nominees for 2017’s Margarita of the Year were the creations of the following mixologists: Shaun Gordon of Truman Tavern, Hemant Pathak of Junoon, Mindy Kucan of Oregon, Alexander Kady of Denver, Reisler Morales of Mexico City, Sophie Bratt of England, and Max Greco of Australia. Our plan of attack was to just head down the line of stations and enjoy the margaritas one after the other.

Along with these amazing drinks, we indulged in the seven Patron Tequila Margaritas in popsicle form, thanks to Popbar and their handcrafted treat on a stick. All of the seven margaritas were perfectly duplicated in this delicious frozen treat.

As if the seven exclusive margaritas weren’t enough, we also had the opportunity to create our own, using our own choice of fresh fruit and other ingredients to our very own signature margarita using the onsite Patron Produce Market and available Bar Chefs. We’re not on the sam level as the above creative mixologists, but we think ours turned out pretty damn delicious.

Another treat for us was the introduction to what will surely be a huge hit with cocktail aficionados, Cocktail Courier, who delivers the world’s best cocktails, right to your door.

We ended the evening quite sated and happy and especially loved getting to take home a personalized Patron Tequila Hand Squeeze Juicer. For more photos from the event, check out our slideshow below:

Exclusive Patron Margaritas for International Margarita Day

Happy International Margarita Day everyone!! One thing we love is to get the heads up, the advance notice, the sneak peek at things the everyday person may not get to see firsthand. It’s why we love introducing emerging designers, products, and brands to you guys.Who doesn’t love to get the exclusive news, or photograph, or gossip? It’s kind of ego boosting to help someone discover something they might fall in love with! This is why we’re so excited to present these never before seen Patron Margaritas, just in time for International Margarita Day!

Razorfish – Patron

We’re going to take you on a whirlwind, and worldwide tour of Patron margaritas that will blow your tastebuds away. These new Patron margaritas are custom crafted by bartenders from around the world. These cocktail creations come complete with international influence, and fresh and unique ingredients, as they boast cultural inspirations from around the world. If you’re looking for an exotic take on the classic cocktail, Patron Tequila has got you covered with these seven adventurous margarita recipes from Shaun Gordon of Truman Tavern, Hemant Pathak of Junoon, Mindy Kucan of Oregon, Alexander Kady of Denver, Reisler Morales of Mexico City, Sophie Bratt of England, and Max Greco of Australia. We’re just excited to try one…..or all of these Patron margaritas.

High Plains Drifter Margarita, Charred Pineapple & Sage
Created by Shaun Gordon, Truman Tavern – Atlanta

Razorfish – Patron

1.5 oz Patrón Silver
.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange
2 Slices charred pineapple
.25 oz Yuzu juice*
.5 oz Fresh lime juice
.25 oz Simple syrup
+ 4 Sage leaves, 2 for garnish
+ 2 dash Lime bitters
+ Slice charred pineapple for garnish
+ Chipotle salt rim**

*If Yuzu juice is not available, substitute 2 parts lemon juice: 1 part orange juice.

**Chipotle salt rim
.5 Cup salt + .75 tsp dried chipotle powder

Char 2 pineapple slices and reserve one slice. Combine two pieces pineapple, 4 sage leaves and simple syrup in shaker and muddle. Add remaining liquid ingredients and shake vigorously with ice to chill. Double strain onto fresh ice in a chipotle salt-rimmed rocks glass. Garnish with a slice of charred pineapple and two sage leaves.

Mumbai Margarita, Mango & Indian Spices
Created by Hemant Pathak, Junoon – NYC

Razorfish – Patron

1.5 oz Patrón Reposado
.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Lime
1 oz Fresh lime juice
.5 oz Fresh mango puree
.5 oz Spicy rose syrup*
+ Green chili-salt rim**
+ Dehydrated lime wheel for garnish
+ Mint sprig for garnish

*Spicy rose syrup:
Mix .5 oz simple syrup, a jalapeño coin and a dash of rose water.

**Green chili-salt rim:
Fresh green chilis, cilantro and a bit of garlic. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe with a chili-salt rim. Garnish with a dehydrated lime wheel and mint sprig.

Tiki Rita, Grapefruit & Tiki Spices
Created by Mindy Kucan of Portland, Oregon, USA

Razorfish – Patron

2 oz Patrón Reposado
.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange
.5 oz Fresh lime juice
.5 oz Fresh grapefruit juice
.25 oz Vanilla syrup
+ Splash Allspice dram
+ Grated nutmeg for garnish
+ Lime wheel and cloves for garnish
+ Hawaiian sea salt rim
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill. Strain onto fresh ice in a Tiki glass that has been rimmed with Hawaiian sea salt. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and a lime wheel pierced with three cloves and grated nutmeg.

Tropicante Margarita, Mango & Fresh Avocado
Created by Alexander Kady of Denver, Colorado

Patron MOTY 2017

 

1.75 oz Patrón Reposado
.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Mango
.5 oz Light agave syrup
1 oz Fresh lime juice
.25 Medium avocado
+ Short dash celery bitters
+ Short dash grapefruit bitters
+ Chipotle chili salt*
+ Sliced mango for garnish

*Chipotle chili salt:
.5 Cup of salt
1 T chipotle powder

Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. Scoop out half of one side and add to cocktail tin, mashing with a spoon until soft. Add liquid ingredients to the tin, use a spoon to release avocado from the side of the tin, and “dry shake” the contents (without ice) until the avocado is broken up and emulsified. Rim a double old fashioned glass with chipotle chili salt* and fill with ice. Add ice to shaker tin and shake vigorously until well chilled. Use a mesh strainer to “fine strain” the cocktail into the iced glass. Garnish with a ribbon of mango.

Coralina Margarita, Red Wine & Hibiscus
Created by Reisler Morales of Mexico City, Mexico

Razorfish – Patron

1.75 oz Patrón Reposado
.75 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange
.75 oz Simple syrup
1 oz Fresh lime juice
.5 oz Red Wine (Mexican, or other)
+ Sugar-salt rim*

*Sugar-salt rim:
Pulverize .25 cup dried hibiscus in a spice grinder. Add .25 cup sugar and .25 cup kosher salt and pulse until combined.

Combine Patrón Reposado, Patrón Citrónge Orange, simple syrup and lime juice in a shaker tin; add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe rimmed with sugar-salt rim.* Carefully float red wine on the surface of the cocktail and garnish with a lime wheel.

English Garden Margarita, Green Peas & Earl Grey
Created by Sophie Bratt of London, England

Razorfish – Patron

1.5 oz / 50 ml Patrón Silver
.5 oz / 15 ml Patrón Citrónge Orange
.75 oz / 20 ml Fresh lemon juice
.5 oz / 15 ml Apricot liqueur
.5 oz / 15 ml Earl Grey tea syrup*
+ 3 Drops orange flower water
+ 2 Sugar snap peas, one for garnish
+ 2 Sprigs mint, one for garnish
+ Pumpkin oil and smoked salt rim

*Earl Grey tea syrup:
Combine simple syrup with hot water and 5 tea bags.

In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle 1 sugar snap pea and 1 mint sprig with Earl Grey tea syrup.* Add liquid ingredients to a cocktail shaker, along with 1 cracked sugar snap pea and 1 sprig of mint. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Use a fine strainer to strain into glass rimmed with pumpkin oil and smoked salt. Garnish with mint sprig and sugar snap pea.

Pacific Rim Margarita, Coconut & Jalapeno
Created by Max Greco of Sydney, Australia

Razorfish – Patron

1.5 oz / 50 ml Patrón Silver
.5 oz / 15 ml Patrón Citrónge Orange
.25 oz / 7.5 ml Spicy coconut syrup* (Monin or similar)
.75 oz / 25 ml Yuzu juice
.25 oz Fresh lime juice
+ Pinch smoked salt (optional)
+ Lemon wheel for garnish
+ Dehydrated lime salt rim**

*Spicy coconut syrup:
Infuse coconut syrup with a few slices of jalapeño until a pleasant spiciness emerges. Strain out solids using a mesh strainer. Store in refrigerator.

**Dehydrated lime salt rim:
Using a zester or fine grater, remove 1 tablespoon of zest from a lime. Allow to dry thoroughly on a paper towel. Add dried lime zest to 2 tablespoons salt and pulverize until combined.

If Yuzu juice is not available, substitute 2 parts lemon juice: 1 part white grapefruit juice.Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill. Strain into a salt-rimmed coupe. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

We hope these Patron Margaritas will help you enjoy the day even more than usual. Do you have one or two favorite Patron Margaritas you’d love to try?

A Roster of Sauza Margarita Recipes for National Margarita Day

Get your cocktail taste buds ready, it’s almost time to celebrate this sacred (and delicious) tequila, triple sec, and lime drink – Margaritas!! What better way to pre-game this celebration than with a full roster of Sauza margarita recipes for National Margarita Day. Today we’re highlighting four unique Sauza margarita recipes to help you honor the day properly. We have just the Sauza Tequila recipe for you whether you prefer the classic margarita, something a little more modern, or downright exotic. These Sauza margarita recipes will sure to please. Ready to get your drink on? Try these four margarita cocktails on for size.

Sauza Tequila Sunrise (Serves 8)


2 cups Sauza Signature Blue Silver
1 cup lime juice
1 cup orange juice
3 cups cranberry juice
8 orange wedges
Add ingredients to a pitcher and stir. Pour over ice into glasses. Garnish each with an orange wedge.

Perfect Pear Margarita (Serves 8)


2 cups Sauza Signature Blue Silver
1 cup simple syrup
1/2 cup lime
1/2 cup lemon
4 peeled pears
8 rosemary sprigs
Add ingredients to an ice-filled pitcher and stir. Pour into margarita glasses and garnish each with a pear slice and rosemary sprig.

Sauza Classic Margarita (Serves 8)


1 ½ cups Sauza Signature Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
1 cup lime juice
½ cup DeKuyper Triple Sec Liqueur
½ cup simple syrup
Salt for rimming
Lime wheels
Add ingredients to pitcher and stir. Pour over ice into salt-rimmed margarita glasses. Garnish each with a lime wheel on the rim and serve.

The Late Night Lychee Margarita (Serves 8)


1 1/2 cups Sauza Signature Blue Silver
1/2 cup lychee-infused simple syrup
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
15-20 sprigs of cilantro
8 jalapeño slices
Lychee garnish
Add ingredients to an ice-filled pitcher and stir. Pour over ice into salt-rimmed margarita glasses. Garnish with lychee and cilantro.

What are your thoughts on these Sauza margarita recipes? Which would you like to indulge in first? If you have a favorite margarita recipe of your own, we invite you to share it with us. Happy National Margarita Day!

Sauza Tequila Toasts to National Margarita Day

There’s no doubt about it, Mondays suck, but every once in a while Mondays can prove to be the best day of the week. Take for instance this Monday, February 22nd, you may think it’s a typical day but it’s National Margarita Day!!  There’s much to celebrate on this day that honors the most popular cocktail to order in a pitcher (a survey conducted by Sauza Tequila revealed margaritas are the most popular at 80%, followed by daiquiris at 53% and sangria at 49%. So put away your Monday blues and get ready for some cocktail fun. We and Sauza Tequila are here to get you started with a few delicious Margarita recipes. Whether you’re in the mood for a Sauza Classic Margarita, or looking for something that’s a twist on the original, like a Perfect Pear Margarita or a Sauza Citrus Margarita, we’ve got you covered.

Sauza Classic Margarita (Serves 8)

Sauza Classic Margarita
1 ½ cups Sauza® Signature Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
1 cup lime juice
½ cup DeKuyper® Triple Sec Liqueur
½ cup simple syrup
Salt for rimming
Lime wheels for garnish
Add ingredients to pitcher and stir. Pour over ice into margarita glasses. Garnish each with a lime wheel on the rim and serve. Salt rim is optional.

Perfect Pear Margarita (Serves 8)

Perfect Pear Margarita
2 cups Sauza® Signature Blue Silver Tequila
1 cup simple syrup
½ cup lime
½ cup lemon
2 peeled pears for garnish
8 rosemary sprigs for garnish
Add ingredients to a pitcher and stir. Pour over ice into margarita glasses. Garnish each with a pear slice and rosemary sprig.

Sauza Citrus Margarita (Serves 8)

Sauza Citrus Margarita
1 cup Sauza® Gold Tequila
½ cup DeKuyper® Triple Sec Liqueur
2 cups orange juice
2 cups lime juice
2 cups agave nectar
Sugar for rimming
Orange wheels for garnish
Add all ingredients to a pitcher and stir. Pour over ice into glasses rimmed with sugar. Float an orange wheel in each.

We’re not sure which of these three Sauza Tequila Margarita cocktails we’ll try first but we know we will be raising a glass or two to National Margarita Day. Will you be making your Monday better by celebrating National Margarita Day?

Toasting The Oscars and National Margarita Day w/ Powell & Mahoney

The day of the Oscars is officially upon us but it’s also National Margarita Day. What do you do when two cocktail-worthy events happen on the same day? You celebrate them both of course. Powell & Mahoney, the first all-natural, hand-crafted, vintage original Cocktail Mixers, bring you two delicious cocktail recipes to capture the essence of both the Oscars (with a cocktail made with Powell & Mahoney’s True Grenadine, an all-natural blend of pomegranate juice and orange blossom), and National Margarita Day (with a cocktail made with Powell & Mahoney’s Jalapeño Margarita Mix, a unique mix of fire roasted Jalapeño’s and crisp lime juice). First the Oscars: celebrities won’t be the only ones giving spice on the red carpet today. You too can enjoying your own bit of spicy fun with this peppery cocktail:

Crimson Pepper Martini

1 oz. pepper-infused vodka
Powell & Mahoney True Grenadine
½ a lime juice
Shake the pepper-infused vodka, a few drops of Powell & Mahoney True Grenadine, and the lime juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a lime slice or a hot pepper.

We continue on to more spice to celebrate National Margarita Day, by sharing this Margarita recipe that brings the heat. It may be winter but this two-ingredient cocktail will warm you up from head to toe.

Roasted Jalapeño Margarita

Powell & Mahoney Roasted Jalapeno Margarita
100% Blue Agave Blanco Tequila
In a shaker, mix equal parts Powell & Mahoney Roasted Jalapeno Margarita mixer, and the blue agave blanco tequila. Shake and strain over ice into a Margarita or Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

We hope these two delicious cocktail recipes will make your day of dual celebrations an even more more enjoyable one. We know we’re going to have fun.

Chocolate Intoxication: Celebrating National Margarita Day

If the best friendships are built on Margaritas and chocolate, then get ready to add more friends to your circle. It is said that chocolate goes with everything, and we believe no truer words were ever spoken. In honor of National Margarita Day, February 22nd,  we’re showing you how adding chocolate to your celebration, and by celebration, we mean Margaritas. These wickedly delicious cocktail recipes will easily make the day a more decadent and enjoyable one. For those of who that are lovers of all things chocolate, how would you like to sip on a drinkable version of chocolate chip cookie? How about indulging in the adult version of the childhood flavor combination of chocolate and peanut butter, or better yet, enjoy the sophisticated blend of chocolate and raspberry? With these three, must-try drink recipes from Sauza Tequila, you can.

Chocolate Chip Margarita

1 part Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
1 part JDK & Sons Crave® Chocolate Chili Liqueur
¾ part half and half
1 glass of ice (for shaking)
5-10 chocolate chips for garnish
In a shaker filled with ice combine Sauza® Blue Silver, Crave Chocolate Chili, and half and half. Shake until chilled. Strain into martini glasses. Garnish with chocolate chips.

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Margarita

1 ½ parts Sauza® Blue Reposado 100% Agave Tequila
½ part DeKuyper® Buttershots
8 parts chocolate ice cream
2 parts milk
¼ part creamy peanut butter
Chocolate sauce (to rim glass)
Peanut butter (to rim glass)
Rim cocktail glass with half creamy peanut butter and half chocolate sauce by running the edge of the glass through plates with each. In a blender combine chocolate ice cream, milk, peanut butter, tequila and butterscotch liquor. Blend until smooth. Pour drink into prepared glass and enjoy!

Chocolate Raspberry Margarita

1 ½ parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
½ part DeKuyper® Razzmatazz
6 parts chocolate milk
2 dashes of Taza® Chocolate Mexicano Extract
Chocolate shavings (for garnish)
Raspberry (for garnish)
Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain the mixture into a martini glass rimmed with chocolate shavings. Garnish with a raspberry and enjoy.

Have you tried a chocolate margarita? We are adding these sinful margarita recipes to our cocktail making rotation, and we hope you will to. Stay tuned for more delicious Margarita recipes coming soon.