Lately, I’ve been crafting cocktails like a mad woman and there have been quite a few keepers going into the recipe books (god I wish I was a person who was responsible enough to put my recipes in their own book…but yeah, INTERNET is where I keep all of the things).
3 events in my not-so-recent past have called for custom-crafted libations and I of course, was happy to oblige.
My friends Desiree and Stephen wanted giant jars of special margaritas to go alongside their taco truck-catered wedding reception in Palm Springs. Now, to be honest, I abhor tequila. Instantly I flashback to a time where 3 for $1 ( did you get that…repeat, 3 for ONE DOLLAR) tequila shots in border town Mexico seemed like a decent/good idea and my liver was 10 years younger and agile like a jungle cat.
There may or may not have been a mechanical bull involved often after said tequila experiences.
BUT, people getting hitched seemed like a good time to get over my bull riding PTSD and I was bound and determined to make a margarita I would actually want to drink myself.
Here’s what I came up with:
El Toro Margarita:
- 2 oz Tequila
- 2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
- .5 oz Agave Nectar
- Pinch of Salt
- 1/3-1/2 Bottle/Can of Mexican Beer (I prefer Dos XX)
Mix all the ingredients well and pour over ice. Garnish with salt (I got black salt for home use…Buy it HERE) or a lime.
These other two cocktails were for work events I did…and both really lit it up.
The Pineapple Spice:
- 2 oz Pineapple Juice
- .5 oz Lime Juice
- 2 oz Tequila
- Cilantro (chopped and added to the cocktail)
- Ginger Puree (Perfect Puree brand)
- Club Soda
Start by adding your pineapple juice, lime juice, tequila, cilantro and ginger puree into your shaker. Shake with ice for 10 seconds and then strain over fresh ice in a high ball glass. Top with club soda and garnish with cilantro.
The Apple Crisp:
- 3 oz fresh apple cider (cold)
- .5 oz lemon juice
- 2 oz pineapple Skyy Infusions vodka
- Dash of cinnamon
- Lemon zest
- Grated ginger
- Club soda
Start by combining apple cider, lemon juice, lemon zest, vodka, cinnamon and ginger in a shaker. Shake to combine and then pour over ice. Top with club soda and garnish with lemon peel.
Cheers to Fall and know that next time…we’re back to bourbon.