Kick Off Your Cinco de Mayo Holiday with Delicious Texas Spirits
These cocktail recipes from Maverick Distilling located in San Antonio are sure to kick off Cinco de Mayo parties in style. Cinco De Mayo is a festive celebration and the perfect time of year to cheer friends with a margarita in hand, or your favorite cocktail made from tequila or agave spirits. Before you reach for your regular choice, check out these unique options currently available to help you get the party started (drink recipes included!):
Maverick Distilling Agave Blanco & Agave Reposado
Maverick Distilling — a distillery, brewery, tasting room bar and event space located in downtown San Antonio — was the first distillery in the United States approved to produce the new category of spirits known as Agave Spirits. Maverick Distilling created and released a Texas take on tequila in the form of their Samuel Maverick Agave Blanco ($40 per bottle) and Agave Reposado ($75 per bottle), both of which are available online viahttps://maverickwhiskey.com/spirits/ for shipping to 42 states nationwide. Both Samuel Maverick Agave Blanco and Agave Reposado are distilled from 100% Blue Agave nectar using a hybrid still (pot and column) and bottled in-house at Maverick Distilling. While produced in the Lone Star State rather than in Mexico, Samuel Maverick Agave Blanco is a perfect spirit for classic Cinco de Mayo cocktails like Margaritas, Ranch Waters, and Palomas as well as delicious to sip on its own. For a spicy drink option, try making the below tasty Samuel Maverick Jalapeno Margarita… or for crafting an Agave Reposado mixed drink, try the below Reposado Old Fashioned cocktail recipe by Maverick Distilling.
SAMUEL MAVERICK JALAPEÑO MARGARITA
Step 1: Make Jalapeño infused Agave Blanco:
2 jalapeños cut in half lengthwise
1 bottle Samuel Maverick Agave Blanco spirit
Directions: Combine in a glass jar and let sit, covered at room temperature for 36-48 hours. Strain back into the bottle removing all jalapeños and seeds.
Step 2: Make a Samuel Maverick Jalapeño Margarita:
3 oz Jalapeño infused Samuel Maverick Agave Blanco
2 oz Homemade orange liqueur or Grand Marnier
1.5 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
½ oz Agave syrup
Directions: Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake for 30 seconds. Strain over ice into salt rimmed rocks glasses Garnish with fresh sliced jalapeno and lime. This makes two cocktails, because one should never drink a margarita alone.
Directions: Use a vegetable peeler to peel a strip of orange directly into a rocks glass. Add Reposado, simple syrup, and Chocolate bitters to a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir and strain over a large format ice cube in the rocks glass garnished with a cherry and orange peel. Enjoy!
Dread River Blue Agave Tequila —($34.99 per bottle)
Like Mexican tequilas, but distilled in Birmingham, this agave spirit is mellow with subtle fruity, earthy, and herbal notes on the palate. https://www.dreadriver.com/shop
DREAD RIVER PALOMA
2 oz Dread River Blue Agave Spirit
4 oz Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1 tsp Sugar
Directions: Rim glass with salt. Combine grapefruit juice, lime juice, and sugar in a glass and stir until sugar dissolves. Stir in blue agave spirit, add ice and top with Topo Chico. Garnish with grapefruit wedge.
DREAD RIVER TROPICAL MARGARITA
1.5oz Agave Spirit
1oz Pineapple Juice
3/4 oz Kiwi Syrup
0.5 oz Lime Juice
Directions: Shake all ingredients, strain into a Tajin (or chili-lime) rimmed Collins glass, ice cocktail, garnish with dehydrated lime wheel.
Storywood Tequila is unique as a spirit that was born in Mexico and shaped by Scotland. This tequila, which is also a hit with whisky drinkers, begins with 10-year-old mature 100% blue weber agave, harvested from the lowland region of Jalisco. The tequila is then matured for 14 months in single malt whisky casks from Speyside, Scotland. Purchase Storywood Reposado ($39.99) and Añejo ($73.67) online for shipping to 41 states. https://storywoodtequila.com/buy-now/#us
STORYWOOD SPEYSIDE PALOMA
50ml Storywood Speyside 7 Reposado
100ml Two Keys Pink Grapefruit Mixer
Squeeze of fresh lime
Directions: Build all the ingredients in a tall glass over cubed ice. Garnish with a wedge of pink grapefruit and optional salt, sugar, and chili powder rim.