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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?