Week 3 – Tequila Sunrise

Ah tequila. The love/hate liquor of many an over-indulger.

A couple months ago, I went on a cruise to the Western Caribbean, with ports in Jamaica, Bahamas, Grand Caymans, and Mexico! It completely screwed with my holidays, since we left the weekend after Thanksgiving and were gone the whole first week of December, leaving me with a pile of work to do when we got back, but…I digress. It was a ton of fun!

One of the excursions that Greg and I did in Cozumel Mexico included a tequila tasting. I learned a LOT about tequila, most of which I probably don’t remember. But I’ll give you a couple fun facts. First of all, the stuff with the worm in the bottle? Not tequila. That stuff is mescal (or mezcal), which is similar to tequila because it’s made from an agave plant, but tequila is only made from the blue agave plant. It is also only made in specific provinces because it is highly regulated and illegal to make anywhere else. You can grow blue agave anywhere, you just can’t make tequila out of it (legally, at least), and it grows for several years before being harvested. The bulk of the plant is underground, much like an iceberg, so the bluish leaves above ground are just the tip of the plant.

♫ The more you know… ♫

I’m going to go off on a tangent for a second. I LOVE my ice machine! I’ve used it every day since it arrived (second tangent, since it arrived very quickly with Amazon Prime, which I also LOVE!). I hardly know how I lived without it! Anyway, back to tequila.

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This week’s drink is a tequila sunrise. It’s been a really long weekend with work, so I’m particularly pleased with my theme choice for this year’s recipes!

Tequila Sunrise

Ingredients (per drink)

1.5 oz tequila
4 oz orange juice
.75 oz grenadine
Garnish – orange slices, maraschino cherries

Fill a glass (high ball if you’ve got it) with ice. Pour in the tequila, then the orange juice. Float the grenadine on top, which will sink to the bottom on its own. Garnish as you desire. Personally, I like cherries.

Cheers!

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