Tequila not just for margaritas

September 21, 2012 9:49:01 AM PDT
Hispanic Heritage Month just kicked off last week, and when it comes to Mexican culture, one of the best known products is tequila.

But the Hungry Hound says there is much more to this spirit than just margaritas.

His guest today knows quite a bit about the origins of this unique product.

Hispanic Heritage Month always begins on September 15, the day of Mexican independence, and part of the celebration includes toasting, of course. In Mexico, tequila is king, but for some reason, in this country, it often gets a bad rap.

Debbi Peek is the Illinois mixologist for Southern Wine and Spirits. She uses a fair amount of tequila throughout the course of her day.

Here are two great drink recipes calling for tequila:

FLIGHT OF THE CONCORD

  • 1 1/2 oz Patr?n Silver
  • 1/2 oz Violet Liqueur
  • 2 oz Fresh Lemon Sour
  • 6 Concord Grapes

In a mixing glass muddle fresh sour and concord grapes. Add Patr?n, violet liqueur and ice, shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a concord grape and lemon twist.

GINGERED APPLE

  • 1 1/2 oz Patr?n Reposado
  • 1/2 oz Ginger Liqueur
  • 1 oz Apple Cider
  • 1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

Shake with ice. Strain into an ice filled rocks glass. Garnish with an apple slice sprinkled with cinnamon.

*Fresh Lemon Sour - Equal parts fresh lemon juice and simple syrup
*Simple Syrup - Equal parts sugar and water- dissolved


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