Infused Tequila and Cocktail ideas for Cinco de Mayo

by Dinah Wulf

Written By David Edessa

Jalapeno Pineapple Collage

Infused tequila is very simple to make and needs just a few ingredients.   Today I want to share how to make a roasted pineapple and jalapeno tequila recipe in honor of Cinco de Mayo.  Then, I will share four cocktail recipes that include your freshly made infused tequila!  These recipes are: 1) Roasted Pineapple Margarita, 2) Blood Orange Margarita, 3) Strawberry Jalapeño Margarita, and 4) Mango Jalapeño Margarita.  These fruit inspired cocktail recipes are perfect for your Cinco de Mayo party! Enjoy!

How to Make Infused Tequila: Roasted Pineapple & Jalapeño Tequila recipe

Ingredients:

  • 750 ml Reposado Tequila
  • 3-5 jalapeños, washed and whole
  • 6-8 Fresh Pineapple (½-¾ inch thick spears)
  • 1 clean jar

Instructions:

Peel and slice the pineapple in spears about ½-inch thick or thicker. Don’t discard the core; just slice it along with the rest of the pineapple.

Grill the whole peppers and pineapple spears. Over medium heat, lay the peppers and pineapple directly on the grates. Grill until peppers have grill marks and are beginning to soften, taking care not to overly char them. Keep pineapple on grill until they’re nice and brown. Flip both the peppers and pineapple over to grill the other side. Grill another few minutes and remove from grill and into a clean glass container.

When cool, remove the top of the stem part from the pepper. Slice the pepper in half. Place the pineapple spears and jalapeños into the jar. Pour the tequila over the top and cover. Let rest for two weeks in the refrigerator. After the first remove the peppers and discard. I would avoid shaking mix while it sits.

If you prefer less heat, remove the seeds from peppers before adding into the jar. Also, there is no need to spend too much on your tequila choice. I used a reposado, the vanilla and cinnamon notes was what I was looking to add. However, silver tequila will work wonderfully.

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Infused Tequila Cocktail Recipes:

Roasted Pineapple Margarita recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. Infused tequila
  • ½ oz. Grand Marnier orange liqueur
  • ½ oz. Fresh Lime juice
  • ½ oz. Fresh Orange Juice
  • 2 oz. Sour Mix

Instructions:

Build drink in glass you will be serving cocktail in. Add Grand Marnier, lime juice and tequila to the glass. Then, add ice, sour mix, and orange juice. Transport all ingredients to a shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into a salted rim highball glass over ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Blood Orange Margarita recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. Infused tequila
  • ½ oz. Solerno Blood Orange liqueur
  • ½ oz. Fresh Lime juice
  • ½ oz. Orange Juice
  • 2 oz. Sour Mix
  • Dash of orange bitters

Instructions:

Build drink in glass you will be serving cocktail in. Add Solerno Blood Orange, lime juice, bitters and tequila to the glass. Then, add ice, sour mix, and orange juice. Transport all ingredients to a shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into a salted rim highball glass over ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Strawberry Jalapeño Margarita recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. Infused tequila
  • ½ oz. Grand Marnier orange liqueur
  • ½ oz. Fresh Lime juice
  • ½ oz. agave nectar
  • 2-3 Strawberries, muddled
  • Dash of grapefruit bitters
  • 2 oz. Sour Mix

Instructions:

In a shaker muddle berries.

Add in agave syrup, bitters, and fresh lime juice. Then, stir items in shaker with a spoon. Add Grand Marnier, sour mix and tequila to the shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a highball glass over ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Mango Jalapeño Margarita recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. Infused tequila
  • ½ oz. Grand Marnier orange liqueur
  • ½ oz. Fresh Lime juice
  • ½ oz. agave nectar
  • 3-4 Mango cubes, muddled
  • Dash of grapefruit bitters
  • 2 oz. Sour Mix

Instructions:

In a shaker muddle mango.

Add in agave syrup, bitters, and fresh lime juice. Then, stir items in shaker with a spoon. Add Grand Marnier, sour mix and tequila to the shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a salted rim highball glass over ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

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Jala-Piña Margarita Cocktail

by Dinah Wulf

Jala-Piña Margarita Cocktail, Written by David Edessa

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Cinco de Mayo is around the corner. It’s time to reacquaint ourselves with tequila. Last year I wrote a post called Save the Water and Drink Tequila. I shared some fun tequila facts and also some tips for making the perfect margarita.  Today, this recipe, Jala-Piña Margarita cocktail, will be the focus.  It’s a drink with a Mexican flair.

Don’t forget to check out last year’s Cino de Mayo cocktail recipes like the Strawberry & Rhubarb Pulco Cocktail or my recipe for Margarita Spiked Watermelon.  Still craving some tequila?  Check out this tangerine margarita recipe.

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Jala-Piña Margarita cocktail recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. Reposado tequila
  • ½ oz. Grand Marnier orange liqueur
  • 1 oz. Pineapple juice
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, muddled
  • ½ oz. Fresh Lime juice
  • Dash of orange bitters
  • Splash of agave nectar
  • Jalapeño pepper for garnish

Instructions:
In a shaker muddle a jalapeño.  Add in agave syrup, bitters, and fresh lime juice. Then, stir items in shaker with a spoon. Add Grand Marnier, pineapple juice and tequila to the shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a highball glass over ice. Garnish with a jalapeño.

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DRINK RESPONSIBLE & DRINK SMART!!

Rock 2013!! Be Safe!! DON’T DRINK & DRIVE!!
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Check out all of David’s FANTASTIC cocktail party recipes!  Find the perfect one for any holiday or special occasion.

 

Cinco De Mayo Cocktail Recipes Two

by Dinah Wulf

Written By David Edessa

Cinco De Mayo…. To the Revolution!!!!

The holiday of Cinco De Mayo, The 5th Of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. It is primarily a regional holiday celebrated in the Mexican state capital city of Puebla and throughout the state of Puebla, with some limited recognition in other parts of Mexico, and throughout the US cities with a significant following in the college community. It is not, as many people think, Mexico’s Independence Day, which is actually September 16. However, I believe every day should be celebrated as our own personal independence day. Live life and Enjoy!!! So raise your glasses and cheer out-Viva Mexico…. Viva USA!!!…Viva Tequila!!! :)

Here are some new Cinco De Mayo Cocktail Recipes I’d like to share with you.

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Margarita Spiked Watermelon

Ingredients:

  • 10-15 lbs. Seedless Watermelon
  • 3 cups White Tequila
  • Two Infused Salt
  • 2 Limes

Instructions:

Using a paring knife cut a hole in the top of the watermelon that is deep and wide enough to insert a kitchen funnel, keep the watermelon plug. Insert the funnel into the watermelon and pour as much room temperature tequila as can be absorbed, approximately ½ cup to 1 cup. Remove the funnel and insert the reserved watermelon plug. Let sit at room temperature for 3 to 4 hours and then pour in another ½ to 1 cup of tequila and let sit again for another 3 to 4 hours. Repeat as necessary until all the tequila has been completely absorbed. Place watermelon in the refrigerator till it becomes ice cold.

Spread out a layer of coarse infused salt onto a small plate and a second plate with the juice from the 2 limes and unused citrus juice from the salt infusing process. To serve place the melon slices and soak them into the citrus juice mix and then sprinkle the infused salt to taste. I personally prefer to split the melons into three groups; naked (no salt), orange chili infused salt, and lime infused salt. The combination of the sweet melon, chili, salt, citrus and tequila is lip smacking good!!!

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Lime Infused Salt Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 3 Limes (zest)
  • 1 cup Sea salt (coarse) or Kosher

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit, with a rack in the center. Grate the bright green zest off of 3 large limes (make sure the limes have been stored and used at room temperature if you can) being careful to avoid the bitter white pith underneath, into the salt (doing this over the bowl of salt ensures that you capture as much of the citrus oil released while grating as possible). Combine the lime zest and salt on a baking sheet, tossing to combine. Spread the mixture into an even layer and bake at 225 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours, turning once after the first hour. After two hours, remove the baking sheet from the oven and break up any clumps that may have formed. Transfer the salt to airtight jars and store in a cool, dark place.

Spicy Orange Infused Salt Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 2 Orange (zest)
  • 2 Tsp. Mexican Chili powder
  • 1 cup Sea salt (coarse) or Kosher

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit, with a rack in the center. Grate the bright orange zest off of 2 large oranges (make sure the limes have been stored and used at room temperature if you can) being careful to avoid the bitter white pith underneath, into the salt (doing this over the bowl of salt ensures that you capture as much of the citrus oil released while grating as possible). Combine the orange zest, chili powder and salt on a baking sheet, tossing to combine. Spread the mixture into an even layer and bake at 225 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours, turning once after the first hour. After two hours, remove the baking sheet from the oven and break up any clumps that may have formed. Transfer the salt to airtight jars and store in a cool, dark place.

Tips:

  1. The infused salt will keep for up to six months.
  2. Watermelon with seeds is best; however seedless watermelon works well too. The sweetness will have to be tweaked (seedless are less sweet).
  3. Keep unused limes and oranges for later.

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Watermelon Agua Fresca Recipes

Ingredients

  • 6 cups Fresh Seedless Watermelon
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 Fresh limes juiced
  • 12 Tbsp. granulated sugar

Instructions:

Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. However, I prefer to add only 8 tablespoons of sugar in the beginning and taste (add more if necessary). Place juice into a pitcher and refrigerate. When serving; pour over ice with a mint sprig as a garnish. This drink is excellent as non-alcoholic beverage or as a mixer for your favorite liquor.

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Watermelon Smash Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz. Vodka
  • ½ oz. Peach Schnapps
  • 1 oz. Pink Lemonade (regular sweetened is fine)
  • Fill with Watermelon Agua (it should be a 3 to 1 ratio to lemonade)

Instructions:

Pour all the liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake vigorously then pour all ingredients including ice into a glass. Garnish with a lime twist.

Watermelon Margarita Martini Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 2½ oz. White Tequila
  • 1½ oz. Watermelon Agua Fresca
  • 1 oz. Triple Sec or Citronge orange liqueur
  • ½ oz. Agave Syrup
  • Kosher Salt or Coarse Sea Salt
  • Garnish lime wheel

Instructions:

Spread out a layer of coarse sea salt or kosher salt onto a small plate. Take a lime wedge and run it around the rim of a stemmed martini glass. Place the lime soaked rim into the salt. Move the glass around in the salt until the rim is evenly coated then place prepped glasses in freezer.

Mix all ingredients together in a shaker and chill. Add crushed ice and shake until ice cold and then strain into salted rimmed prepped stemmed glasses and then garnish with lime wheels.

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For a slight different taste…. Try the infused salts!! Or substitute honey for agave syrup.

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Remember not to drink and drive!!!!

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Cinco de Mayo Cocktail Recipes

by Dinah Wulf

Written By: David Edessa

Fiesta Paper Fan Decorations
Time for a Siesta or Fiesta!!!

The upcoming month of May is the best time to work on drink utilizing the following fresh fruit at their peak: Bananas, Pineapple, Rhubarb, Strawberries and Mangoes.

However, with Cinco de Mayo just around the corner…. I say we work on the fiesta, and the “resaca” (hangover)!!! Here are some Cinco de Mayo Cocktail Recipes.

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Rhubarb & Strawberry Agua Fresca (Non-Booze)

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups Fresh Rhubarb (diced ½”- 1″ size pieces)
  • 5 cups Water
  • 1 cup Organic Honey
  • 2 cups Fresh Orange Juice
  • 3 tbsp. Grated Lemon Rind
  • ¾ cup Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 qt. Ginger Ale
  • 1 qt. Fresh or Frozen Strawberries (sliced in half)

Instructions:

In a pot; combine the water, rhubarb, strawberries, and the lemon rind, and bring to a boil, then reduce heat, and allow rhubarb mixture to simmer for about 10 minutes, until rhubarb is tender. (Stir occasionally). Cool; strain through a sieve. Measure 4 cups juice and return to kettle with the honey. Remove from heat, and stir in the sugar, until the honey is well dissolved and then chill. Stir in the orange and lemon juices (if you add citrus while hot it creates a bitter batch); refrigerate until cold. Taste and adjust based on your personal preference. You can add a bit more honey if you think you need it, or more water if you feel like it’s too overpowering. Just before serving, add ginger ale. Fill glasses with ice; pour agua fresca over ice and garnish with an orange wedge. Can be made 2 to 3 days ahead of time (recommended).

Using a silver tequila in a cocktail creates a sleek, clean cocktail more along classic lines, while the prominent oaky and vanilla notes in añejo tequilas add another dimension to the drink that is definitely worth experimenting with.

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Pulco translates to small thoughts or a little bit of something.

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Traditional Pulco Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • ½ oz. Cointreau or
  • 2 oz. Reposado Tequila

Instructions:

Pour all the liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker with
ice cubes. Shake vigorously then pour all ingredients including ice into a glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

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Strawberry & Rhubarb Pulco Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Rhubarb Strawberry Agua Fresca
  • ½ oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • ½ oz. Cointreau or
  • 2 oz. Reposado Tequila

Instructions:

Pour all the liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake vigorously then pour all ingredients including ice into a glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Sunny Siesta Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz. Silver Tequila
  • ½ oz. Triple Sec
  • ½ oz. Pink Lemonade
  • Fill with Rhubarb Strawberry Agua Fresca

Instructions:

In a tall glass, fill with ice; add liquids, shake, and serve. Garnish with a mint leaf or orange wedge.

Enjoy!!!!

 

Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner. Hostess with the Mostessposted some great Cinco de Mayo party ideas like reusing old Coke bottles as vases and making DIY Shrinky Dink mustaches. The Wedding Bistro at Bellenza posted a colorful Fiesta style engagement party with vibrant table settings and piñatas.

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DIY Crafts: Parasol Topiaries

by Dinah Wulf

One of my favorite Blogs for party ideas that I stalk daily, Hostess With the Mostess showed how to make these adorable DIY paper parasol topiaries out of inexpensive drink umbrellas. They would make cute decorations for a summer or Cinco de Mayo party (or as my friends would call it, Cinco de Drinko).

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