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Three Margaritas for National Margarita Day

Three Margaritas for National Margarita Day

February 22 marks National Margarita Day. And while we never need an excuse to drink margaritas, we’re also not going to turn one down. That leads us to the margarita recipes below. They creatively stray from the classic three-part recipe of tequila, Cointreau and lime, but any (or all) would…read more →

Blue Nectar Añejo Founder’s Blend Tequila Review

Blue Nectar Añejo Founder’s Blend Tequila Review

If you want to attach the word “founder,” to a bottle, you want it to look stately. Blue Nectar Tequila certainly hit that mark when it came to designing the vessel for Founder’s Blend, the añejo tequila sitting at the top of their lineup. The squat glass rectangle features a…read more →

Ghost Tequila Review

Ghost Tequila Review

I’m old enough to remember a day when if you wanted a hot pepper-infused tequila, you had to infuse the damn tequila with the damn peppers yourself. Oh, the burden. Now, any liquor store worth it’s… well, it’s liquor, likely stocks an array of hot-pepper agave spirits. Until now, they’ve…read more →

A Tequila-Spiked Cocktail for Day of the Dead

A Tequila-Spiked Cocktail for Day of the Dead

If you’re nursing a Halloween hangover, there’s no better way to get moving than with a cocktail. And since today happens to be Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, you’ve got a built-in excuse for doing just that. We’re naturally going with tequila to observe this Mexican…read more →

Arrandas Highball, an Extra Refreshing Tequila Cocktail

Arrandas Highball, an Extra Refreshing Tequila Cocktail

The highball is an easy-to-make, refreshing cocktail that’s comprised of a spirit and nonalcoholic mixer like soda or ginger ale. In this case, we’ve got the Arrandas Highball, a more interesting than usual variation that’s starting with Olmeca Altos tequila and club soda, and then doctoring that pairing with a…read more →

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with These Tequila Cocktails

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with These Tequila Cocktails

May 5. Cinco de Mayo. The time when we all come together to commemorate the Mexican army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla… by drinking tequila, eating guacamole and wearing large hats. So to that end–or the tequila part, at least–here are a handful of Cinco de…read more →

Santera Añejo Tequila Review

Santera Añejo Tequila Review

Released in fall of 2015, Santera Tequila is produced in the northern highlands of Jalisco. We reviewed Santera Blanco last year, and now we’re going straight to the Añejo. Santera Añejo Tequila is aged for up to 16 months in American oak barrels and then blended with a touch of…read more →

Mediterranean Margarita Recipe

Mediterranean Margarita Recipe

This refreshing tequila cocktail comes from Hollywood’s Cleo at the Redbury, where they’ve updated the classic recipe to incorporate some house-made fig-almond syrup for a Mediterranean touch. MEDITERRANEAN MARGARITA 2 oz Don Julio Silver 3/4 oz Lime Juice 1 oz House-Made Fig-Almond Syrup Shake and serve up in a martini…read more →

Jasmine Margarita Recipe

Jasmine Margarita Recipe

This riff on the classic margarita comes from Hollywood’s Cleo at the Redbury. It skips orange liqueur and instead utilizes the bright taste of pomegranate juice. Paired with both lemon and lime juice, you’ve got a tart and refreshing cocktail. Here’s how to make it. JASMINE MARGARITA 1.5 oz Avion…read more →

Qui Tequila Review

Qui Tequila Review

Qui Tequila is a new spirit with the distinction of being the only clear extra anejo tequila. Filtering out the color from aged tequilas isn’t new (just look at Milagro Unico or Maestro Dobel), but in this case, all the juice is aged for more than 3.5 years in American…read more →

Santera Blanco Tequila Review

Santera Blanco Tequila Review

Santera is a new tequila that’s distilled and bottled by Destilladora del Valle de Tequila Casa Maestri. The brand is producing a blanco, reposado and anejo from mature blue agave harvested in the northern highlands of Jalisco. The agave hearts are slow roasted to round out the flavors, and after…read more →

Tequila Cocktails for National Tequila Day

Tequila Cocktails for National Tequila Day

Hardly a week goes by these days without the opportunity to observe a food- or drink-related holiday. We’re content to skip nearly all of them, but July 24th–better known as National Tequila Day–is one that we’re happy to support. So are brands and venues, if our flooded inbox is any…read more →

5 Cocktails for Cinco de Mayo

5 Cocktails for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching, and that means we’ll soon be awash in a preponderance of margaritas. Which, to be clear, is a very good thing. But there are more ways than one to increase your tequila uptake. So below we’ve got five tequila cocktails perfect for your Cinco…read more →

Casa Dragones Blanco Tequila Review

Casa Dragones Blanco Tequila Review

Casa Dragones Blanco Tequila is the second release from a brand that made its mark with Casa Dragones Joven, an ultra-premium tequila that runs $275 per bottle. And while the joven is explicitly for sipping, the brand has given its blessing for the blanco expression–which still isn’t cheap at $75–to…read more →

The Best Tequilas Under $30

The Best Tequilas Under $30

Even in the midst of a craft tequila boom, the tequila category continues to offer some real bargains with many quality options priced under $30. And in some cases, these value buys are actually better than their more expensive, fancier-packaged shelf mates. So below, we’ve rounded up five of our…read more →

Roca Patron Silver Tequila Review

Roca Patron Silver Tequila Review

Patron holds a unique reputation in the cocktail world. It’s a popular call at bars, a marketing darling and a tequila that’s highly-regarded by the drinking public. But it gets less love from the craft bartending community. In an age where traditional practices are revered, some of that distaste may…read more →

Tequila Cocktails for National Tequila Day

Tequila Cocktails for National Tequila Day

July 24. Big holiday. Yep, the totally-not-made-up National Tequila Day. Now, we’ve never required an excuse to drink tequila, but a full 1/365th of a year dedicated to the stuff is just fine in our book. So naturally, we took to mixing up a few tequila cocktails to celebrate. Of…read more →

A Spirited Dinner with Mezcal El Silencio

A Spirited Dinner with Mezcal El Silencio

One of our favorite activities at Tales of the Cocktail is attending a spirited dinner. Neither as festive as the brand-sponsored parties nor as hectic as the tasting rooms, a spirited dinner is typically a relaxed affair that allows you to really delve into the featured spirit. Of course, sometimes…read more →

Real Gusto Blanco Tequila Review

Real Gusto Blanco Tequila Review

Real Gusto is a recently-launched tequila that’s producing three expressions — blanco, reposado and anejo. Though it’s new to the United States market, the origins of Real Gusto date back to 1948. It’s produced in Amacueca, Jalisco, where the entire process — from planting and harvesting the agave to distillation…read more →