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From Sage To Bell Peppers, Here Are Some Of The Most Interest Margarita Recipes On The Internet

Tequila is probably one of the most popular Mexican inventions and exports, likely only behind colored television. That’s right. A Mexican invented colored TV. While it is necessary to drink responsibly and not act a fool with liquor, it is nice to learn new ways to enjoy one of the most classic cocktails, the margarita. Most of these are just perfect for Instagram and, let’s face it, that’s what half of this world is about.

Platinum Margarita

CREDIT: “patron cocktail” Digital Image. Marie Claire. 23 July 2018.

Key Ingredient: Patrón.

Just toss a shot of Patrón, an oz of Dolin, a dash of Rose Water, squeeze of Lime Juice and dash of agave syrup in a cocktail glass and stir. For the silver color, you add a spoonful of edible platinum and a pinch of xanthum gum and stir for a few seconds.

Creamy Margarita Popsicles

CREDIT: “Margarita Popsicles (with Tequila)” Digital Image. Host The Toast. 23 July 2018.

Get yourself a can of condensed milk, 12 dixie cups, limes y, claro que sí, tequila (1/4 c).

Pour the mixture in dixie cups and stick a popsicle through a slice of lime to top it off. The key is keep to the recipe or else the popsicle won’t freeze (so don’t think you can top more tequila off in this without ruining the popsicle).

Purple Pineapple Jalapeño Margaritas

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This list will be full of margaritas, but they will all be purty pretty. Eso es hecho de jalepeño infused tequila, cointreau, lime juice, pineapple juice, and butterfly pea tea for the purple color.

Tequila Sunrise Popsicles

CREDIT: “Tropical Tequila Sunrise Popsicles via Real Food by Dad” Digital Image. Real Food By Dad. 23 July 2018.

True story: every summer party mandates these super simple popsicles to instantly break the ice between new friends. There’s no secret to this one because the grenadine is denser than the pineapple and tequila so it sinks straight to the bottom.

Just blend 2 cups pineapple juice with a pound of fresh pineapple and 3/4 cup tequila. Fill up the popsicle wells 3/4 the way up and then top off with grenadine.

Blackberry Sage Tequila

CREDIT: “Muddle away. Get the recipe.” Digital Image. Buzzfeed. 23 July 2018.

You don’t need much for this one, and it’ll earn you brownie points with whoever you present it to. Just mush a few blackberries, 8 sage leaves and two sugar cubes together. Add a shot of tequila and top it off with grapefruit juice.

Strawberry Sriracha Margarita

CREDIT: “Get the recipe.” Digital Image. Buzzfeed. 23 July 2018.

Call this an Asian fusion recipe. Make your strawberry margarita as usual (with cointreau, ice, tequila, fresh strawberries and agave nectar) and just add a half teaspoon of Sriracha. This one is going to need a sugar rim to balance the spice. Serve up and marinate in the glory.

Red Chile Margarita

CREDIT: “Untitled” Digital Image. Food Republic. 23 July 2018.

You don’t need Sriracha to spice up a margarita. Instead, scoop out the seeds of a habanero pepper and place just three slices in each glass of your favorite recipe. Shake and let it marinate for a few minutes before serving. Beware: it gets spicier the longer it sits. ????

Pomegranate Margarita

CREDIT: “tequila cocktails” Digital Image. Marie Claire. 23 July 2018.

You can spice up any plain old tequila and sparkling water combo with a splash of pomegranate juice and a vanilla flake salt rim. You read that right.

Rosemary Margarita

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Town and Country Mag. 23 July 2018.

This recipe requires a stove, but it’s worth it. You’ll have boil a cup of sugar, a cup of water, and six rosemary sprigs until the sugar is dissolved. Just add the strained syrup, a shot of tequila, a splash of lemon juice and a splash of pear puree and club soda.

Teq-Kiwi

CREDIT: “Teq-Kiwi” Digital Image. Marie Claire. 23 July 2018.

Get ready for this strange mix: kiwi and dill. Muddle up half a kiwi (you can keep the skins on), and two sprigs of dill. Toss in 1.5 parts tequila, 3/4 part lemon juice and 1/2 part simple syrup.

For the rim, go for a black salt and black pepper mix. Black salt is typically sourced from Hawaii where the salt is more sulfuric from volcanic activity and it has a distinct flavor. So far, this one wins for me. ????

Sour Apple Margarita

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Heather Christo. 23 July 2018.

We are so much better than the apple syrups they give you at the bar. You can make this with or without a jalepeño simple syrup (which is basically just sugar, water and jalepeño simmered until the sugar disappears).

Shake the syrup, a cup of sour green apple juice, a few limes’ juice and 3/4 cup tequila with triple sec and ice and pour into your salted rim glasses.

The Salty Miami

CREDIT: “I fully support this amped-up Pimm’s Cup. Get the recipe.” Digital Image. Buzzfeed. 23 July 2018.

Todos somos “The Salty Miami.” This is how Latinos colonize Britain by replacing the gin in a Pimm’s with tequila. DUHHHH.

Spicy Tamarindo y Tequila Cocktail

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Buzzfeed. 23 July 2018.

To be honest, I’ve only ever eaten tamarindo candy but I’ve never touched the raw fruit. Live life on the wild side by sauteeing and pureeing your own tamarind puree to add to your classic margarita.

This is what you make to win your mom back after leaving a single sock on her floor.

The Classy Tequila Shot ????

CREDIT: “Champagne Margaritas 4” Digital Image. Gimme Some Oven. 23 July 2018.

In fancy company? Just add a spritz of champagne to any shot of tequila you’re about to take and be sure to keep your pinky out.

Spicy Tomato

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OK, Michelle Obama level classiness demands dill infused tequila. Yup, just let some dill sprigs soak with your tequila for a bit before adding it to your orange liqueur, thai chili and hibiscus margarita. ????

BBQ Cocktail

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Yes, that is a slice of bacon used for garnish. You’re going to want to roast some tomatoes in liquid smoke along with your favorite spices to get this thick cocktail. It’ll taste like a meal replacement.

The New Classic Margarita

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This is your new baseline:

1½ oz Tequila
¾ oz Dry Curaçao
¾ oz Fresh Lime Juice
¼ oz Agave Nectar

The Marble Queen

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Town and Country Mag. 23 July 2018.

This beauty is made of a shot of tequila, an ounce of Coco Lopez cream of coconut and a squeeze of lime juice. Oh, and you better spice that rim. It’s too much sweetness for one person.

Watermelon Jalapeño Margarita

CREDIT: “tequila cocktails” Digital Image. Marie Claire. 23 July 2018.

Remember your base line? Line the rim of your glasses with lime and chile lime salt before topping off your classic margarita with watermelon juice and maybe a little jalapeño syrup.

Bodak Yellow Cocktail with Bell Pepper & Lime

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Buzzfeed. 23 July 2018.

You’ll actually need gloves for this one. The key is to scoop the jalepeños’ innards, seeds and all, into a bowl and pour about three shots of tequila and let it soak for 5-10 minutes. Then, juice some pineapple and yellow bell peppers, mix and sip, mix and sip.

The Magui Cactus

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Town and Country Mag. 23 July 2018.

Fácil: Mix mint leaves, a shot of lime juice, Xtanbentum anise, simple syrup, tequila and cactus puree and enjoy.

Literally anything from Tequila, México. ????????

CREDIT: @grantequilas / Instagram

Because that’s where this wonderful liquid of the gods came from. Indigenous people would distill and ferment the syrup of the Blue Agave Plant back in the 1600’s. Today, more than 300 million blue agave plants are harvested from the region each year.

Como siempre, tequila is also best enjoyed straight with salt and lime. Happy National Tequila Day! ????????


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#NationalTequilaDay Gives You Something To Celebrate While Sitting In Your Living Room

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#NationalTequilaDay Gives You Something To Celebrate While Sitting In Your Living Room

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Even when we aren’t in quarantine, tequila can offer a quick and fun respite from the world. Today is National Tequila Day and the current state of the world is a great reason to celebrate. There is more than just the drinking of tequila to celebrate.

Happy National Tequila Day!

Tequila is arguably one of the several gifts Mexico has given to the world. It is just one of the many culinary treats that the vibrant and beautiful country has created. Makes sense that we would have a national do to truly appreciate the nectar from the Mexican gods.

Women had a major hand in developing the liquor that has become a staple around the world.

Women were some of the first to cultivate the blue agave plant center to create the drink. The women on Tequila, where tequila was born, would harvest the hijuelos in the blue agave plant. That part of the plant is what is used to make tequila.

Tequila, like champagne, is from a very specific place.

Champagne is champagne if it comes from the Champagne region of France. Tequila is no different. In fact, there is a board of people in Mexico who decide who can and cannot call themselves tequila. Elon Musk was swatted down by that board when he claimed to be making his own version of tequila produced outside of the region.

If you’ve ever wanted to know the chemistry behind tequila, there are some helpful graphs floating around.

The treatment of the tequila really dictates the flavor, color, and profile of the drink. it might even help you discover what kind of tequila you might like to drink. Maybe you might prefer a mezcal instead. Mezcal is not always tequila but tequila is always mezcal.

Either way, enjoy your day celebrating tequila.

With so few options for outing, why not make your own tequila celebration happen at home. You won’t have to drive or put on pants so it is truly a win-win.

READ: 14 Reasons You Should Be Drinking Tequila Right Now

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A New Investigation Alleges That Some Of Mexico’s Largest Tequila Brands Are Laundering Money For Drug Cartels

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A New Investigation Alleges That Some Of Mexico’s Largest Tequila Brands Are Laundering Money For Drug Cartels

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Thre have long been alleged links between Mexico’s drug cartels and legitimate businesses. Whether by pressure or choice, several companies have been proven to be working alongside some of Mexico’s most deadly cartels – whether it be laundering money, lobbying politicians, or paying off corrupt officials.

However, a new investigation has revealed just how far the cartels have gone to ensure a steady stream of cash directly to their pockets. And in the process, they’ve revealed that some of Mexico’s most iconic brands may be tied to some of its most dangerous cartels.

Working together with the U.S. DEA, Mexico has identified tequila brands that are allegedly laundering money for cartels.

On Tuesday, Mexican financial regulators unveiled details about companies they believe to be linked to movements totaling more than $1.1 billion related to the hyper-violent Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG). They also froze the bank accounts of nearly 2,000 people they allege are involved in the money laundering scheme.

The country’s anti-money laundering agency said it worked with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to identify the 167 companies caught up in the financial dragnet, dubbed “Operation Blue Agave.”

Blue agave is the plant used to make tequila, which is the signature drink of Jalisco, the cartel’s home state.

Drug cartels have a long history of using tequila to disguise their operations, dating to at least 2006.

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This isn’t the first time that criminal groups have used Mexico’s most popular beverage to advance their illegal activities – links between the tequila industry and drug cartels go back to at least 2006. That was the year the DEA first discovered a connection between tequila and drug trafficking in Mexico, the newspaper Milenio reported on Thursday.

Much like today’s report, it’s alleged that drug cartels are using legitimate – and sometimes totally fake – tequila companies to launder money.

In 2006, it was the Tequila Cartel – also known as the Arellano Félix organization – that was found to be using tequila as a front for illegal activities. the U.S. Treasury Department had alleged that the tequila company 4 Reyes had helped the Tijuana Cartel to launder the money it obtained from distributing drugs in both Mexico and the U.S.

So which tequila companies have been accused of working alongside the cartels?

Mexican officials so far are remaining pretty tight lipped about which specific companies have been accused of working alongside the cartels. However, from previous reports, links between the tequila company Onze Black have been discovered. The company was set up by Los Cuinis, a drug cartel with close ties to the CJNG, to help finance its criminal activities. The U.S. government added the company to an economic blacklist the same year.

Another tequila company, one owned by the actress Kate del Castillo, was investigated by Mexican authorities to establish whether it had any financial links to the former Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, currently imprisoned in the United States.

However, no illicit dealings between del Castillo’s company, Tequila Honor, and El Chapo were detected.

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