Today is National Tequila Day here in the UK and with the weekend just around the corner, we thought we would take a look at three different tequilas from Cazcabel, Storywood and Jose Cuervo, along with some tequila cocktail recipes to help you make the perfect cocktail in the comfort of your own home to share with friends and family.
Five cocktails from Cazcabel Tequila
The inspiration for Cazcabel Tequila stems back to a hidden corner of the Jalisco Mountains and a legendary medicine man known as Don Cazcabel, famous for his natural tonics and healing powers. This philosophy has been the inspiration for Cazcabel Tequila. We take a look at five tequila cocktail recipes you can make with this famous Mexican spirit.
At the heart of the Cazcabel range is Blanco, a spirit derived from sun-baked Blue Weber Agave in the heart of the Jalisco region. Blanco is fresh and crisp, with a rustic hit of earthy agave. To make Blanco Pina Rosa you will need 60ml Cazcabel Blanco, 30ml Lime Juice, 15ml Agave Syrup, 15 pink peppercorns and 2 Basil leaves. Add all the ingredients and shake with ice. Then strain into a rocks glass over ice and garnish with pink peppercorns and basil.
Using the fresh earthy base of the Blanco, Cazcabel Coffee blends the roasted sweet taste of arabica coffee from the coastal region of Soconusco in Mexico and is a spirit that can be used to create innovative cocktails or simply enjoyed neat over some ice. We have chosen the Cazcabel Espresso Martini which is made with 60ml Cazcabel Coffee, 30ml Espresso and 1 Orange. Simply shake all the ingredients and fine strain them into a coupe glass and garnish with a fresh orange twist.
Cazcabel Honey uses the same dry Blanco at its core, adding a sweet nectar to the blend. The honey used in Cazcabel Honey is a mix of Manuka and Yucàtan honey sourced from the fields of Yucàtan in Mexico and the Maunka trees of New Zealand. To create the Honey Pineapple Margarita, you will need 30ml Cazcabel Honey, 30ml Cazcabel Blanco, 20ml Lime Juice, 10ml Agave Syrup and 1 Orange. Shake all the ingredients with ice and then strain into a glass over fresh ice and garnish with orange zest.
Cazcabel Coconut is made in the town of Arandas in the highlands of the Jalisco mountains in Mexico, where the independent micro-distillery use coconuts from Jalisco, which is the home of tequila, and gives Cazcabel Coconut that sweet and warm hint of coconut, combined with the crisp citrus edge of Cazcabel Blanco. You will find it has a sweet aroma, balanced by earthy agave to give a smooth finish, making it perfect as a base for twists on classic long drinks and cocktails such as the Cazcabel Piña colada. You will need 25ml Cazcabel Blanco, 25ml Cazcabel Coconut, 60ml Pineapple Juice, 10ml Lime Juice, 3 dashes aromatic bitters and a pinch of salt. Add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and then strain into a glass over ice and enjoy!
Cazcabel Reposado remains in American oak barrels for a minimum of nine months and balances the beautiful, clean and earthy agave flavour of the double distilled Blanco with the complex but subtle aromas of toasted oak. The tequila is sampled every week and the ageing process can last up to 11 months, making Cazcabel Reposado a truly hand finished tequila. To make our fifth cocktail, the Paloma Flip, you will need 60ml Cazcabel Reposado, 30ml Grapefruit Juice, 30ml Sugar Syrup, 15ml Lime Juice, 1 Egg White and 1 Dash of Grapefruit Bitters. Simply shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into a rocks glass over ice and garnish with a fresh grapefruit twist for a refreshing summer cocktail.
Storywood Tequila has recently arrived in the UK and is a world first in that it is the only tequila fully matured in whisky casks and one could say, has the Heart of Mexico and the Soul of Scotland. Starwood Tequila was founded by Scotsman Michael Ballantyne, following an unexpected meeting with master distiller Luis Trejo at Distiller La Cofradia, starting his journey of creating Storywood’s range of cask aged tequilas.
Storywood Tequila Speyside 14 Añejo won a Double Gold in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2020. It is aged for over 14 months in Scottish Speyside whisky casks, giving it notes of toasting oak, roasted nuts and treacle toffee. It can be served neat, on ice or in an Old Fashioned Cocktail. To prepare, add ice to a rocks glass, pour in 50ml of Storywood Tequila Speyside 14 Añejo and garnish with a dehydrated lime wheel.
Storywood Tequila Speyside 7 Reposado is aged for seven months in Scottish Speyside whisky casks and tastes of caramel, oak, vanilla and honey on an earthy agave base. Once again, it can be served neat but can also be mixed with ginger beer or Coca Cola in a highball glass with ice and lime wedge. The Storywood Tequila Speyside 7 Reposado Margarita is a twist on a classic tequila cocktail. All you need is 45ml Storywood Tequila Speyside 7 Reposado, 25ml fresh lime juice and 15ml Cointreau. Add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and then shake and strain into a rocks glass with ice.
To mark National Tequila Day, Jose Cuervo has come up with a novel new way of ordering tequila with a new ‘Push for Tequila’ button.
Jose Cuervo are offering tequila-lovers the chance to win a button and year’s supply of Jose Cuervo to mark the annual celebration this year. You simply push the button and it automatically orders a bottle of the best Mexican spirit in town, sent directly to you at home.
This new vibrant, refreshing and colourful cocktail is a take on the classic El Diablo Cocktail recipe that is easy to make at home. Simply shake together 50ml Jose Cuervo Especial, 15ml Cassis and 25ml freshly squeezed lime juice with ice and strain into an ice-filled glass, finally topping it with some ginger beer.
Feliz dia Nacional del Tequila!
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.
Photographs courtesy of Cazcabel Tequila, Storywood Tequila and Jose Cuervo