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National Tequila Day: Hot Deals And Classy Cocktails (5 Recipes)


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National Tequila Day is upon us!

If you love Margarita Mondays (who doesn’t?) you’re in a for a big treat on July 24! In honor of the agave-based, robust and sometimes smoky liquor, you’ll be delighted to know that there are a number of chains offering serious discounts!

Check out some of the best deals across the country for National Tequila Day, courtesy of TIME:

Abuelo’s: $6.95 premium cocktails!

Applebees: Approximately 70 Applebee’s in the Texas area (sorry, Lone Star state only! You’ll have to check your local restaurant to see if they have any deals) are offering a “DollaRita” special, where you can get a 10-ounce marg for $1. This deal is good until July 31!

Chevy’s Fresh Mex: $3 house margaritas and $5 tequila shots all day at participating locations.

El Torito: Grab some Patron silver margaritas or tequila shots for $7 each — even less during happy hour!

Margaritas Mexican Restaurant: Grab some $5 margaritas (regular and strawberry) all day!

On the Border: Load up on house margaritas for only $2 a piece.

Are you more in the mood to stay in tonight? Call up some friends and invite them over for a fabulous Tequila Day party — you can make some of these classy, smooth cocktails, courtesy of DeLeon Tequila!

1. DeLeon Mexican Mule

1 1/2 ounces DeLeon Platinum Tequila
3/4 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
1/4 ounce simple syrup
Top with ginger beer and garnish with lime wheel

2. DeLeon Tequila Beso Caliente (“Hot Kiss”)

1 1/2 ounces DeLeon Reposado Tequila 
3/4 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce simple syrup
4 dashes Angostura bitters 

3. Sandia Margarita

1 1/4 ounces DeLeon Platinum Tequila
3/4 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce agave
3 large chunks of watermelon

4. Platinum Fresco

1 1/2 ounces DeLeon Platinum Tequila
1 1/2 ounces coconut water
1 1/2 ounces pineapple juice

5. El Nino

1 1/4 ounces DeLeon Reposado Tequila
3/4 ounce lime juice
3/4 ounce passion fruit juice
3/4 ounce orgeat syrup



Source: TIME / Photo Credit: Jon Sullivan/Wikimedia Commons

Tags: food deals, food holiday, Margarita Monday, National Tequila Day, tequila
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This Cocktail In NYC Is Smokin’ — Literally (Photo)


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It’s that time of year again, folks.

The weather’s warming up, people are emerging from their cozy apartment cocoons and greeting the sunny skies with a sense of rebirth and reinvigoration — summer is just around the corner.

As a child, there was nothing I loved more than chasing ice cream trucks as they drove, bells jingling through the streets to truly ring in the end of the school year. As an adult, however, I often find myself chasing shots more than ice pops when I’m in the mood to celebrate.

For those on the hunt for a happy medium between whimsy and booze, you’re in luck: The Tuck Room in Fulton Market at the South Street Seaport in New York City offers a drink that both delights the senses and the child within us all. It’s called the “Bandera Flight,” and it is straight up fire. Like, literally. 

When I first heard of the Bandera Flight, I was told that it was a deconstructed trio of drinks that combine to make one seriously scintillating cocktail, which was enough information for me to make the 40-minute commute from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to try it out.

The drink, which is the brainchild of acclaimed Mixologist Adam Seger, features a flight each of tequila, lime juice, and sangrita. The idea, as my server explained to me before the flights came out, is to drink each component one-by-one.

Nobody told me it would arrive looking as if it were on fire, though.

When the drink was delivered, smoking like a cauldron, to the table, I knew I was in for a treat. You can choose to begin tasting the flights while they’re still emitting fumes, or do as I did and quickly whip out your phone for a quick social media post. (Did you catch the smoking Bandera Flight on Cooking Panda’s Instagram story?)

First, I sampled the subtly spicy non-alcoholic sangrita, which in turn highlighted the acidic notes in the tequila. The peppery bite of the lime juice added a balanced finish, and acted as a refreshing palate cleanser so I was ready for round two.

The Tuck Room in New York offers a variety of different cocktails to sample, so don’t miss this place (and ask about their liquid nitrogen bottle service if you, too, want to experience the magic of downing a smoking cocktail. Who needs a Dragon Frappuccino?).

Featured photo credit: Nik Frey via Wikimedia Commons

Tags: New York City, sangrita, tequila, the bandera flight, the tuck room
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Drinking This Tequila Won’t Give You A Hangover, According To The LA Health Crowd


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Uh oh.

If you are of legal age and want to responsibility indulge in an alcoholic beverage or two some nights or can you get a hangover from tequila, that is perfectly fine. There are studies out there that allege that a glass of red wine is actually good for our health!

However, I don’t think anybody was arguing that taking shots of tequila was doing our bodies any big favors — until now.

Per Metro, the Los Angeles wellness crowd is now saying that tequila — yes, the alcohol you drank on that one night that you hardly remember, but really, really would like to forget — being gluten-free and also vegan, is… healthy?

More specifically, the purest type of tequila made from 100% agave, blanco tequila, is in, because it doesn’t give you a hangover.

Hello darkness my old friend:

Here is the best tequila for no hangover.

I guess the idea is that you can drink your fill of tequila, party all night, and then feel well enough to hit the gym and your wheatgrass-smoothies the next morning with ease.

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“We have a lot of trainers and fitness gurus who come in and drink every day,” Jason Eisner, director at a trendy vegan Hollywood bar, Gracias Madre, told The Cut. “The way they’re able to do that is to stick to pure agave spirits.

“As long as you stay hydrated and don’t drink, like, a whole bottle, you’re fine. Not hungover.”

Have you ever wondered, for instance, why after a night of drinking whiskey you feel so much worse than after a night of drinking vodka?

According to a study published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, congeners — a chemical that gets produced during alcohol’s fermentation process, which occurs particularly in barrel-aged drinks like wine, whiskey and brandy — increase the severity of any given hangover.

Pure tequila, as opposed to normal mixed tequilas, do not have as many congeners or sugars. Thus, minimal hangovers.

As for the argument on whether or not the drink is beneficial to your health (as opposed to just not hangover-inducing), while it is true that the blue agave plant has been found to contain certain sugars that help lower blood-sugar levels, there’s no proof that finished tequila has those effects too.

Sources: Metro, The CutScientific American / Photo credit: Hangover PricesTags: Bachelor's Party, best tequila, hangover party, hangovers, health, Party, shots, tequila, tequila hangover, vodka
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Here’s Everything You Need To Celebrate National Tequila Day Like A Champ (Plus Eight Tequila Dessert Recipes)


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Sunday is National Tequila Day and we want to make sure that your celebration reaches its maximum potential.

But how can I do that, you ask? There’s only so many tequila shots that a mere mortal can consume before…well, we don’t have to tell you — you know what happens when you have too much tequila.

To really make the most of this momentous holiday, we recommend pacing yourself by mixing up your forms of tequila intake.

And no, we won’t stop you from shooting tequila. In fact, if you want to mix up the tried and true lime/salt shot technique, why not try these orange and cinnamon shots?

If you want to go a little fancier, now is the perfect time to teach yourself how to make the perfect classic margarita.

Or mix it up a little with some more innovative twists like these 10 awesome doctored-up margaritas.

Looking for something sweeter to sip with dessert? This Spiced Chocolate tequila cocktail will hit the spot.

If you’re going to be drinking all night (or day — it’s the weekend, and we won’t judge you), make sure you cook up a hearty meal to keep you going. We recommend this tequila lime chicken – it’s great on tacos or fajitas or just by itself.

Now, if you really want to turn up for National Tequila Day, go ahead and make some of these desserts to munch on while you sip margaritas by the pool.

Note: Some of these desserts are packed with booze, while others cook out. If you want to soften the flavor or make the boozier recipes family-friendly, go ahead and simmer the tequila in a saucepan and let it bubble for a few minutes until all the alcohol cooks out. You’ll know when it’s ready when the smell of alcohol fumes is replaced with a sweet, soft aroma. That’ll leave you with all the flavor, none of the poor decisions.

Now go shake up your favorite margarita and get to work on these awe-inspiring desserts:

1. Strawberry Tequila Ice Cream with Chocolate Habanero Sauce

It’s every bit as good as it sounds. The best part? You don’t even need to churn it.

2. Margarita Ice Cream

Also no churn. Add your favorite margarita ingredients, like fruit or chili powder.

3. Tequila Bars

Sweet, tart, buttery, crumbly and nutty – what more could you want in a dessert?

4. Tequila Lime Cheesecake Bars

Yes, you can margaritafy your cheesecake! It’s a dream come true!

5. Mango Margarita Ice Pops

A touch of tequila and salt, mixed with tangy lime and sweet, creamy tropical mango. Turn up in style.

6. Tequila Caramel Sauce

Drizzle this on everything. EVERYTHING.

7. Tequila Sunrise Bundt Cake

Because the heavenly combo of orange, grenadine and tequila deserve so much more than to be limited to a (delicious) cocktail.

8. Chocolate Tequila Bread Pudding

Got some day old bread? Give it a new life with this amazing, sweet, boozy treat.


Featured Photo Credit: fridarest/Instagram

Tags: boozy desserts, margaritas, National Tequila Day, tequila, weekend desserts
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Get Into The Festival Spirit With These Neon Carnival-Inspired Tequila Drinks!


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Feeling that mid-week slump? Well, don’t worry, because we’ve got just the thing to make you feel like you’re spending a weekend in the desert, riding the famous carousel at Neon Carnival.

The good folks over at Don Julio Tequila have shared two of their signature drinks from the event, and guys, you’re going to want to drink both of these. Right now. We promise.

You can even pair them with something delicious for Taco Tuesday! The possibilities are endless. 

Helter Skelter
Created by Mixologist Ben Scorah​

1 1/2 oz Tequila Don Julio Blanco
1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
3/4 oz Grapefruit Cordial*
1 1/2 oz Hibiscus Infused Soda Water

*Grapefruit Cordial (to make 1 cup)

2 Grapefruits, zested
1/2 cup Fresh Grapefruit Juice
1/2 cup Cane Sugar
1/2 cup Fresh Grapefruit Juice
1/4 tsp Sea Salt

1. Add the grapefruit zest to cane sugar and set aside in a covered container for 12-24 hours.
2. Add fresh grapefruit juice to the mixture and mix thoroughly.
3. Strain the mixture through a fine strainer. Add sea salt.

1. Combine Tequila Don Julio Blanco, fresh lime juice and grapefruit cordial into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well.
2. Strain contents into a Highball glass over fresh ice.
3. Top with hibiscus infused soda water.  


Loop the Loop
Created by Mixologist Ben Scorah​

1 1/2 oz Tequila Don Julio Blanco
3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Lavender Syrup*
1/2 oz Mint Syrup**
Mint Sprig for Garnish
Spritz of Lavender
Spritz of Peppermint Water

*Lavender Syrup (to make 1 cup)

25 grams Dried Lavender
1 cup Simple Syrup (equal parts cane sugar and water)
1/4 tsp Sea Salt

1. Add dried lavender to simple syrup. Cook in a water bath at 145ºF for 4 hours.
2. Strain the mixture through a fine strainer. Add sea salt.

**Mint Syrup (to make 1 cup)

50 grams Fresh Mint Leaves (no stems)
1 cup Simple Syrup (equal parts cane sugar and water)

1. Add fresh mint leaves to simple syrup. Cook in a water bath at 145ºF for 4 hours.
2. Strain the mixture through a fine strainer.  

1. Combine Tequila Don Julio Blanco, fresh lemon juice, lavender syrup and mint syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well.
2. Strain contents into a Rocks glass over fresh ice.
3. Top with lavender and peppermint water. Garnish with mint sprig.

Tags: Coachella, Don Julio, Neon Carnival, recipes, tequila
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Drink Up, World – Tequila Is Good For You!


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Tequila lovers will be happy to know that the popular alcohol is actually good for you! 

Researchers in Mexico discovered that the blue variety of the agave plant that’s used in tequila is useful for strengthening bones and fighting bone conditions like osteoporosis.

Science Daily reported on the discovery, saying that the research team — led by Dr. Mercedes Lopez — conducted a number of experiments with animal subjects to reach the conclusion. 

“It was found that mice that consumed this fructans synthesized nearly 50 percent more of such protein, in addition that the diameter of their bones was higher compared with the subjects which were not supplied with derivatives of the agave,” Lopez said.

Consumption of fructans found in the agave “promotes the formation of new bone, even with the presence of osteoporosis,” she added.

Now you can drink your tequila with an even bigger smile on your face — not only will your margaritas taste good, they’ll also be helping your bones stay nice and healthy!

Source: Science Daily / Photo credit: Wikimedia 

Tags: bones, drink, health, margarita, tequila
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