Tequila Can Be Enjoyed All Year Round (And We’ve Got the Cocktails to Prove It)

Tequila Can Be Enjoyed All Year Round (And We’ve Got the Cocktails to Prove It)

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Liquorland
June 28, 2018
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Tequila has long been thought of as a summer spirit and we get why – it pairs well with Mexican food and makes you think of sunny afternoons at rooftop parties. But for too long, tequila has been relegated to the warmer months and ignored for the rest of the year.

In fact, tequila is an all-year-round tasting experience – you’ve just gotta know how to serve it. We bring you four tequila cocktails for four (tequila) seasons. (And no, it’s not just all about the margarita.)

Winter

It’s cold. You’re not really in the mood to handle a chilly glass that will make your hands numb because frankly, life is too short for that type of unnecessary discomfort. But what about a warm cocktail? Wouldn’t that be a revelation?

Enter a steaming cup of coffee. It may not have occurred to you that tequila and coffee make fine bedfellows, but there you are. Adding a little tequila to pour over coffee actually makes for a delicious and easy cocktail. but if you’re looking to get a little fancier, why not try a tequila affogato?

Ingredients:

125mL freshly brewed espresso coffee
60mL Patron XO Cafe Tequila
60mL coffee liqueur
4 scoops vanilla ice-cream

Method:

Combine the coffee, tequila and liqueur in a heatproof jug and then pour over a scoop of ice cream in a glass.

Autumn

Okay, so it’s not quite the coldest time of year, but tequila is still probably a bit further from your mind in autumn than it is in the summer time. But it doesn’t need to be this way! Tequila goes really well with several seasonal autumn fruits.

So, what to mix with tequila? Pear and lime are both in season this time of year. Use them fresh (or cheat and go the juice route) and make yourself a spicy pear margarita.

Ingredients:

125mL pear nectar
60mL El Jimador Reposado Tequila
30mL Cointreau
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons honey
Pinch of ground cinnamon
Pinch of ground cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
Ice

Method:

Shake pear nectar, tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, honey, ground cinnamon, cloves and ice in a cocktail shaker to combine. Strain into salt-rimmed glasses and add a cinnamon stick to each glass.

Spring

It’s warming up! It’s time for cold drinks! And it’s also time for something tangy. Sure, you could go for the classic tequila sunrise, but why not step it up a little? You’re shaking off cosy cardigans and scarves after all; it’s a spicy time of year!

Match your tequila with some grapefruit to make a Ruby Sunset. Drink it while wearing a flower in your hair and a Hawaiian shirt on your back. Summer is almost here and it’s time to celebrate.

Ingredients:

125mL pink grapefruit juice
30mL Espolon Tequila Reposado
30mL Grand Marnier
Strip of ruby red grapefruit rind
Orange slice
Salt
Ice

Method:

Place ice cubes, pink grapefruit juice, tequila and Grand Marnier in a cocktail shaker and shake to combine. Fill a glass with ice and rim with salt and strain the cocktail over the ice. Thread the grapefruit rind onto a toothpick and arrange orange slice on rim.

Summer

Yay, it’s summer! It’s time for long afternoons outside, days by the beach and those big hats that feel like mini-verandas on your head. It’s also time for summer cocktails.

This season is truly tequila’s time to shine. While it’s such a versatile spirit that you can pretty much pair any fruity flavour with it and it tastes great, you should take the new season as an opportunity to make something spesh. Ever made a granita? Now is your chance.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups caster sugar
300 mL lime juice
100 mL Sierra Tequila Silver

Method:

Stir sugar and 375ml water in a saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves, then bring to the boil and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat, add remaining ingredients, then refrigerate until chilled. Transfer to a container and freeze overnight. Scrape ice crystals with a fork and spoon into chilled serving glasses.