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Bandero Tequila: Drink to the Spirit of the Revolution

As we fight against the continuous and unjust killing of black lives, we find ourselves searching for moments of joy.  Happy memories from our past to fight the internal rage. This rage has forced us to take social media and news breaks, but we still cheer on the revolution. In keeping with the spirit of this current revolution, we’re highlighting a tequila that is “el espíritu de la revolución,” or, “Spirit of the Revolution.” We also had an experience with it that brought us so much joy. Just a little over a year ago, we were invited to partake in a mixology class with Bandero Tequila and Ricardo Calderon. It was an incredibly fun experience, one we will hold onto forever. We loved it for many reasons; the camaraderie; the relaxing environment; and as we learned that day, just how delicious Bandero Tequila is.

Bandero Tequila

It was the first time we saw it in person and we were immediately enamored with the bottle. In case you’re unfamiliar, the award-winning Bandero Blanco is radical in flavor and style. It features bold flavors and an authentic leather-bound canteen bottle. Twice distilled, Bandero uses the finest Blue Weber Agave cultivated from the hills of the Los Altos Highlands in Jalisco, Mexico; known worldwide as the only location for authentic Tequilas. The agave plants at this higher elevation experience cooler nights, less rain and colder winters, transforming Bandero into a sweeter, richer “pineapple.” The hardened red clay soil of Los Altos forces the Bandero agave roots to work harder to find this region’s special crystalline waters while gathering copious amounts of minerals. The result is a richer agave, high in natural sugar with notes of pear and peach.

Since we’re all far from attending a mixology class, we present two cocktails brought to life with this premium tequila. While Bandero Tequila is ideal for sipping, these two great cocktail recipes are a delicious way you can enjoy Bandero’s radical flavor.

The Bandero “Quarantina” Margarita

The Bandero "Quarantina" Margarita
2 oz of Bandero Tequila
3/4 oz of Orange Juice (Fresh Squeezed if you have).
1 oz Cointreau, Triple Sec, or Another Orange Liqueur (if available).
Splash of Club Soda
Garnish with 1/2 Orange Wheel
Mix in a Large Glass or add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass over ice and add a splash of Club Soda. Garnish with an Orange Wedge.

Bubbles Before Midnight

Bandero Tequuila Bubbles Before Midnight Cocktail
1.5oz Bandero Blanco tequila
0.5oz grenadine syrup
0.5oz lime juice
Brut champagne top
Combine all ingredients EXCEPT champagne in a shaker tin with ice and short-shake. Strain into a champagne flute, top with champagne. Zest & rim glass with lemon peel, place on a rim of the glass.

Whether you’re out protesting across this broken nation or sharing news and knowledge from home, we raise a glass to you in this, our revolution. Here’s to our black voices being heard; here’s to our black lives and our bodies, mattering! ¡Viva la Revolución!

Cinco de Mayo at-Home Cocktail Recipes from Casamigos Tequila

Cinco de Mayo at-Home Cocktail Recipes from Casamigos Tequila

We’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo with four at-home cocktails from Casamigos’ family of tequilas. If you’re a beginner bartender or cocktail-making connoisseur, these delicious Casamigos specialty cocktails will make everyone happy. Whether you prefer margaritas, Palomas, or frescos, we’ve got you covered with these Casamigos Tequila drink recipes you can easily make at home.

Cinco de Mayo at-Home Cocktail Recipes from Casamigos Tequila

The Casamigos Blanco Tequila rests for 2 months and is crisp and clean with a long smooth finish. Casamigos Reposado Tequila is aged for 7 months in the finest American oak barrels and is soft, slightly oaky with a medium to long smooth finish. Casamigos Mezcal, available in Joven (or Blanco), is balanced and elegant, offering harmonious hints of tamarind, pomegranate, banana, and mango with the right amount of smoke.

CASA PALOMA

Casamigos Casa Paloma Cocktail

2 oz. Casamigos Reposado Tequila
.75 oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice
.5 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
.25 oz. Agave Nectar
Splash with Grapefruit Soda
Garnish with Grapefruit Slice
Combine all ingredients, except grapefruit soda into a shaker. Add ice, shake vigorously, and strain in a rocks glass. Add fresh ice, top off with grapefruit soda, and garnish.

REPO FRESCO

Cinco de Mayo at-Home Cocktail Recipes from Casamigos Tequila

2 oz. Casamigos Reposado Tequila
1.5 oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice
.5 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
.5 oz. Agave Nectar
3 Cucumber Slices
8-10 Mint Leaves
Top with Soda Water
Garnish with Mint Sprig and Cucumber Slice. Combine all ingredients into a tin shaker, except soda water. Muddle fruit/herbs. Add ice. Shake vigorously. Fine strain into a collins glass. Add fresh ice. Top off with soda water. Garnish with mint sprig through cucumber slice and place on top of the glass.

SPICY STRAWBERRY BASIL MARGARITA

Casamigos Spicy Strawberry Basil Margarita

2 oz. Casamigos Reposado Tequila
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
2 Full Strawberries OR .25 oz. Strawberry Puree by REAL
.5 oz. Simple Syrup
4 Basil Leaves
2 Serrano Slices
2 Dashes Peychauds Bitters
1/2 Thick Rim Equal Parts Salt/Sugar/Tajín
Garnish with a large basil leaf and Serrano slice. Combine all ingredients into a tin shaker. Muddle fruit/herbs. Add ice, shake vigorously, and fine strain into a rimmed rocks glass. Add fresh ice and garnish.

SMOKY CASA MARGARITA

Casamigos Smoky Casa Margarita

2 oz. Casamigos Mezcal
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
.75 oz. Agave Nectar
2 Dashes Orange Bitters
Garnish with a Flamed Orange Peel
Combine all ingredients into a tin shaker. Add ice. Shake well. Strain into a rocks glass. Add fresh ice. Garnish with a flamed orange peel.

We hope these delicious Cinco de Mayo cocktails bring you a little joyful fun during these times of uncertainty. What are you drinking today?

Cocktail Recipes for your at Home Cinco de Mayo Party

Cocktail Recipes For Your at-Home Cinco de Mayo Party

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner and unfortunately, we cannot celebrate it as we’re used to because of social distancing. Luckily you can enjoy an at-home Cinco de Mayo party with these great drink recipes from four award-winning brands: Cutwater Spirits, Corralejo Tequila, Tanteo Tequila, and Los Arango Tequila. This year, you can recreate the following cocktails as you host a virtual Cinco de Mayo party.

Cocktail Recipes for your at Home Cinco de Mayo Party

Play bartender and mix up these different delicious and festive tequila cocktail recipes for your virtual party. For you fellow New Yorkers who just want to enjoy a Cinco de Mayo party without doing any having to prepare the cocktails, check out the Tanteo Tequila + The Wayland’s “Party in Place” all-inclusive, delivery margarita party package. This amazing package benefits hospitality workers through The LEE Initiative.

Spicy Cucumber Margarita

Cocktail Recipes for your at Home Cinco de Mayo Party

2 ounces Corralejo Silver Tequila
4 slices of cucumber
2 slices of jalapeno
¾ ounce agave syrup
1-ounce lime juice
Rim your glass with salt. Add cucumber and jalapeno to the shaker and gently muddle. Add the rest of the ingredients to the shaker. Shake to chill and combine ingredients. Fine strain into a lowball glass.

Tanteo Tequila Spicy Sandia Margarita

Cocktail Recipes for your at Home Cinco de Mayo Party

2 ounces Tanteo Jalapeño Tequila
2 ounces Watermelon Purée
1/2 ounce Simple Syrup (or Agave Nectar)
1/2 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled Champagne Coupe Glass. Garnish with a watermelon slice.

Spicy Ginger Margarita

Los Arango Blanco Tequila Spicy Ginger Margarita

2 ounces Los Arango Blanco Tequila
1-ounce lime juice
½ ounce ginger simple syrup
3 slices fresh cut jalapeño
Tajín for rim
Rim your glass with Tajín. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to chill and combine ingredients. Fine strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.

Corralejo Tequila Spicy Pineapple Paloma

Corralejo Tequila Spicy Pineapple Paloma
2 ounces Corralejo Silver Tequila
½ ounce grapefruit juice
½ ounce lime juice
½ sliced Serrano pepper
¾ ounce agave syrup
Pineapple soda (to top)
Tajín (for rim)
Rim your glass with Tajín. Add all ingredients except the bitters into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake hard to chill and combine ingredients. Strain into your glass over fresh ice. Top with pineapple soda.

Tanteo Tequila Dove Love Paloma

Cocktail Photo: Tanteo Tequila Dove Love Paloma
2 ounces Tanteo Jalapeño Tequila
1 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
2 ounces Grapefruit Juice
1/2 ounce Agave Nectar
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a lime slice or a Jalapeño slice. “In Mexico, margaritas are reserved for the Gringos (a non-Hispanic – usually American). The Paloma (Dove in Spanish) is the classic Mexican drink. We do a slight twist by using fresh grapefruit juice and Tanteo Jalapeno for a little extra kick.”

Strawberry Basil Paloma

Los Arango Reposado Tequila Strawberry Basil Paloma
2 ounces Los Arango Reposado Tequila
1-ounce grapefruit juice
½ ounce agave syrup
2 chopped strawberries
5 basil leaves
Soda to top
Smoked sea salt for rim
Rim your glass with smoked sea salt. Combine all ingredients except soda in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to chill and combine ingredients. Fine strain into a hi-ball glass over fresh ice. Top with soda.

Los Arangos Rose

Los Arango Añejo Tequila Los Arangos Rose
2 ounces Los Arango Añejo Tequila
¾ ounce lime juice
½ ounce agave syrup
½ ounce grenadine
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to chill and combine ingredients. Fine strain into a coupe glass.

Corralejo Tequila Pineapple & Blackberry Margarita

Cocktail Photo: Corralejo Tequila Pineapple & Blackberry Margarita
2 ounces Corralejo Reposado Tequila
1-ounce pineapple juice
1-ounce lime juice
½ ounce agave syrup
5 fresh blackberries
Salt (for rim)
Salt the rim of your glass. Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake hard to chill and combine ingredients. Strain into your glass over fresh ice.

Corralejo Tequila Spicy Grapefruit Sour

Cocktail Photo: Corralejo Tequila Spicy Grapefruit Sour
2 ounces Corralejo Reposado Tequila
1-ounce grapefruit juice
1-ounce lime juice
½ ounce jalapeño simple syrup
1 egg white
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake hard to chill and combine ingredients. Strain out ice and shake hard again. Strain into your glass.

Mastering Mixology With Bandero Tequila and Ricardo Calderon

With Cinco de Mayo just days away, there’s no better time to master the art of Mixology. We love a great cocktail and have enjoyed quite a few made by some talented mixologists. But on this occasion, we got to show off our own mixologist thanks to Bandero Tequila and California-based Mixologist, Ricardo Calderon.

Mixologist Ricardo Calderon at Bandero Mixology Class

Bandero made with blue agave and is described as radical in flavor and style. One look at its incredible packaging will surely solidify this fact. Under the fun tutelage of Ricardo Calderon and with Bandero Tequila as our main ingredient, we created two delicious and very different tequila-based cocktails. First was the Bandero’s Cup, followed by the Bandero Helada. We also learned an incredible amount of tequila facts. Did you know washing your hands in tequila really opens up its notes? We bet you also didn’t know it is because of rabbits and Native Americans that tequila basically exists. As we said there was a lot of interesting things to learn from the California-based Mixologist.

Fairly new to the market, Bandero Tequila has already established itself as a standout, already winning a Double Gold Medal at the 2018 Global Spirit Awards and another Double Gold Medal at the 2018 Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Of America Tasting Competition.

Bandero’s Cup

1 lime sliced into 6 wedges
1/2 oz of Agave Syrup (2 parts blend of Agave nectar and 1 part purified water)
3 half-inch slices of cucumber
2 oz of Bandero Tequila
Combine lime wedges, and agave syrup in a shaking tin and muddle until well mixed (15 seconds). Add cucumbers and lightly muddle some more. Add Bandero tequila and fill the tin with ice. Shake for 10 seconds at a moderate strength and toss contents of the tin into a rocks glass to serve. Alternatively, shake harder and then add 2 oz of soda water before straining into a highball with fresh ice. Garnish with a cucumber wheel, add a pinch of smoked salt and serve.

Bandero Helada

2 oz of freshly squeezed lime juice
1 lime wedge
1 lemon wedge
2 serrano slices (1/4 of pepper, taste for spice level)
3 oz of Bandero Helada Blend (3 parts tomato juice, 2 parts Cholula hot sauce, 1 part Maggi)
1 oz of Bandero Tequila
3 oz ABK Hell Lager
Prepare a cold pint glass by rubbing a lime wedge on the rim before dipping it into a plate of tajin powder. Muddle together all non-alcoholic ingredients, then add Bandero and ice to the tin. Shake tins vigorously for 30 seconds. Add ice, then 3 oz of ABK Hell Lager to a prepared pint glass. Hawthorne-strain and fine-strain tin contents into the pint glass. Garnish with lemon and lime wedges and serve.

If you’re looking to expand your tequila palate this Cinco de Mayo, get to know the revolutionary flavor of Bandero Tequila.

Cocktail Alternatives to St. Paddy’s Day Whiskey and Beer Drinks

While this weekend’s St. Paddy’s Day festivities may be all about whiskey and beer, we know that not everyone enjoys drinking those. Because of this, we decided to share some cocktail alternatives to St. Paddy’s Day whiskey and beer drinks. So if your spirit of choice is rum, tequila, vodka, or even something bubbly, we’ve got a cocktail for you.

Let’s get you acquainted with these cocktail alternatives to St. Paddy’s Day whiskey and beer drinks. We recommend bookmarking this cocktail feature, so when you’re at your favorite watering hole, you can alert your bartender.

BACARDÍ Refresco Superior

2 parts BACARDÍ Superior
.75 parts ginger syrup
1 part lime juice
.25 parts St-Germain
4 cilantro leaves
Shake all ingredients vigorously with plenty of ice, double strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime wheel and fresh cilantro.

Camarena Spicy Jalapeno Margarita


2 parts Camarena Silver Tequila
¾  part Simple Syrup / Agave Nectar
¾  part Lime Juice
½  part Triple Sec
Add ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime wedge and fresh sliced jalapenos.

Corazon De Melon

3 parts fresh cantaloupe juice
2 parts Havana Club Añejo Blanco Rum
1 part simple syrup
1 part maraschino cherry juice
½ part fresh lime juice
Optional – Dash of Orange Bitters
For cantaloupe juice: Blend 2 cups cubed cantaloupe melon in a blender until pureed and smooth. Strain the mixture through a mesh strainer.
Combine the rum, cantaloupe juice, syrup, cherry juice and lime juice in a shaker filled with ice. Shake for 30 seconds then pour into a frosted glass. Garnish with a wedge of lime and a melon ball.

The NEO Fleur

1½ parts Facundo Neo Rum
¾ parts Hibiscus Syrup
½ parts Cucumber juice
¾ parts Fresh Lime Juice
½ parts Martini Bianco
Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Serve in a chilled Champagne glass, and garnish with an elegant cucumber twist.

Gingered Apple Sparkler

1.5 oz. handcrafted Vodka
1.5 oz. sour apple liqueur
Splash of Angostura Bitters
4 oz. chilled
1 maraschino cherry
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vodka, liqueur, and bitters; shake well. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with Brooklyn Crafted and the cherry.

Sparkling Mint Mojito

5 oz Sparkling Ice Lemon Lime
1 ½ oz White Rum
6 Mint leaves lightly muddled
Splash of lime
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a chilled tall glass. Garnish with a lime slice.

Ginger Sage Cocktail

SERVINGS: 8-10

1 bottle of Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG
Simple Syrup
1 cup honey
3 cups of water
2 whole pears, peeled, cored and diced
1 large piece of ginger, peeled and diced
20 fresh sage leaves (plus more for garnish)
In a saucepan combine the honey and water over medium heat and bring to a light boil. Turn the heat down to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the honey has dissolved completely. Add the pears, ginger and sage leaves. Simmer, stirring occasionally until the mixture has reduced by 1/3 (about 15-20 minutes). Remove from heat and let the mixture steep for an additional 10 minutes. Strain the syrup into a large canning jar or thick glass bowl. Discard the ginger and sage leaves.

Place a few pieces of the cooked pear into each stemless wine glass followed by 2 tbsp of the simple syrup. Add Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG and serve.

Any thoughts on these cocktail alternatives to St. Paddy’s Day whiskey and beer drinks?

Casamigos Tequila Fall Brunch Cocktails

Brunchology: Casamigos Tequila Fall Brunch Cocktails

It doesn’t take much for us to enjoy a good Sunday Brunch. But nothing beats a fantastic Sunday Brunch experience than creating your own fall brunch cocktails with a great, ultra-premium spirit. That was our recent experience with Casamigos Tequila as we celebrated the fall season by creating three delicious cocktails at the new Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Jersey City.

Casamigos Tequila Fall Brunch CocktailsCasamigos Tequila Fall Brunch Cocktails

Armed with all the mixology tools and ingredients we needed, we were all set to create three vastly different  Casamigos Tequila fall brunch cocktails. We started with the quintessential fall flavors of apple cider and cinnamon for the Casa Cider; continued with a smoky margarita with Casamigos’s new Mezcal, and finished off with a not-so-classic Old Fashioned.

Casamigos Tequila Fall Brunch Cocktails Casamigos Tequila Fall Brunch Cocktails

We loved the fall brunch cocktails and know you will too, so we’re sharing the three drink recipes we created, so you can enjoy them for yourself at home. Check them out below:

CASA CIDER

Casamigos Tequila Fall Brunch Cocktails

2 oz. Casamigos Reposado Tequila
1 1/2 oz. Apple Cider
1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
1 oz. Agave Nectar
2 Dashes Angostura
1 Pinch Cinnamon
Combine all ingredients into a tin shaker and add ice. Shake vigorously for 8-10 seconds then strain into rocks glass. Add fresh ice and garnish with a thin apple slice, thyme sprig, star anise, and cinnamon sprinkle. This cocktail can also be served hot.

REPOSADO NEW FASHIONED

Casamigos Tequila Fall Brunch Cocktails

2 oz. Casamigos Reposado Tequila
1/4 oz. Simple Syrup
2 Dashes Grapefruit Bitters
2 Dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
Combine all ingredients into crystal or glass mixer and add ice. Stir with a bar spoon for about 30 seconds, then strain into the glass. Add a large ice block and garnish with 1 rolled grapefruit peel through skewer.

SMOKY CASA MARGARITA

Casamigos Tequila Fall Brunch Cocktails

2 oz. Casamigos Mezcal
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
3/4 oz Agave Nectar
2 Dashes Orange Bitters
Flamed Orange Peel
Combine all ingredients into a tin shaker and add ice. Shake well and strain into rocks glass. Add fresh ice and garnish with a flamed orange peel.

Labor Day Cocktails from Patrón Tequila

Labor Day Cocktails from Patron: Cheers to the American Labor Movement

Despite the difficult time we are currently facing in America, we must always celebrate the small victories. The things and people that help build this melting pot of a country. The strength of this country is its so-called “blue collar workers”, and we must always celebrate the contributions these workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the U.S. What better way to do so than to raise a glass of Patron Tequila, preferably delicious margaritas, Palomas, and tiki cocktails. Not sure how to do so? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with these Labor Day cocktails from Patron.

Labor Day Cocktails from Patrón Tequila

As you know once Labor Day comes around, it’s time to say goodbye to the summer season. We’ve got some great Labor Day cocktails, made with Patron Tequila from Beverage Coordinators, Grace Kim of Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster, Mindy Kucan of the legendary Tiki bar Portland, Oregon, and Ravinder Singh of Rapscallion and Boulevardier in Dallas, Tx, and the Middle Branch bar in New York.

The Miss Grace Paloma (available at Red Rooster in New York)

Labor Day Cocktails from Patrón Tequila

1.5oz Patrón Silver
.75oz Grapefruit juice
.5oz Giffard Pamplemousse liqueur
.5oz Watermelon juice, fresh squeezed, no pulp
.25oz Cucumber juice, fresh squeezed, no pulp
.25oz Lime juice
.25oz Agave syrup
.25oz Jalapeño shrub
2-3 dashes Grapefruit bitters
2-3 dashes Smoked chili bitters
Top with grapefruit soda or grapefruit IPA
Grapefruit salt-berbere rim*
Half slice of charred grapefruit and a skewer of cucumber cube and watermelon cube for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake to combine. Rim glass with grapefruit salt-berbere mixture.
Strain over crushed ice in a highball glass. Top with grapefruit soda or grapefruit IPA. Garnish with a half slice of charred grapefruit and a skewer of cucumber cube and watermelon cube.
*Grapefruit salt-bebere rim: Mix 2 tablespoons grapefruit salt with 1 teaspoon berbere spice

A Grape[fruit] Time (available at Middle Branch in New York *available off-menu)

Labor Day Cocktails from Patrón Tequila

2 oz Patrón Silver
2 drops of Hellfire Habanero Shrub Bitters
.5 oz fresh lemon
1 oz fresh grapefruit
.375 oz Orgeat syrup
.375 oz Tamarind syrup
Shake all ingredients in shaker with ice, strain into hollowed out grapefruit half. Garnish with the other half of the grapefruit or grapefruit slice.

Patron Reposado Tiki Rita

Labor Day Cocktails from Patrón Tequila

2 oz Patrón Reposado
.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange
.5 oz Fresh lime juice
.5 oz Fresh grapefruit juice
.25 oz Vanilla syrup
.25 oz 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 crushed ice in a Tiki glass that has been rimmed with Hawaiian sea salt. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and a lime wheel pierced with 3 cloves.

Blue Crush

Labor Day Cocktails from Patrón Tequila
2 oz Patrón Silver
2 oz Pineapple Juice
.75 oz Lemon Juice
.25 oz Demerara Syrup
.5 oz Blue Curacao
Pineapple ring for garnish
Orange peel for garnish
Pineapple leaf for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with crushed ice and shake vigorously. Pour unstrained into a glass. Garnish with a pineapple ring, orange peel, and leaf.

So this weekend, raise a glass of one of these Patron Labor Day cocktails to the “little man”, the “blue collar worker” and thank them for all they’ve done for this country. We’d love to hear what you guys think of these Labor Day cocktails from Patron. Maybe they could also help you get ready to say goodbye to summer?