Making cocktails for friends and family is something I take great joy in. I am always on the lookout for new recipes, stemware, and try to stay up to date on the hottest garnishes. When I hit the liquor cabinet to create my very own masterpiece, the first thing I reach for is a bottle of tequila or mezcal. Some might suggest that being Mexican American surely has some influence on my preferred alcohol choice, but I also like to think it’s the smooth taste of tequila that really makes it #1.
When I drink tequila, I need something that’s easy to toss back. When I got my hands on a bottle of Hornitos® Tequila Plata – 100% blue agave, double distilled, untouched by wood barrels, and unmarked by aging, I knew I was in for a treat. I wanted to compliment its floral and herbal notes, which meant I was thinking citrus. Having the good fortune of living in sunny California and having access to some of the best grapefruit, oranges, and lemons, it was fun recreating this recipe, and from ingredients found in my very own backyard no less. If you are looking for a cocktail that looks beautiful and will impress, without breaking too much of a sweat, this Rosemary Tequila Refresher is the look.
Enjoy your bottle of Hornitos® Tequila Plata with the following recipe:
1 part Hornitos® Tequila Plata
1 1/2 parts freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
1/2 parts rosemary simple syrup
1/4 parts freshly squeeze lime juice
1 spring of rosemary
Combine the Hornitos® Tequila with grapefruit juice, lime juice, and rosemary simple syrup. Stir the ingredients until they are well blended, then add ice and serve chilled. Don’t forget to garnish your beautiful cocktail with a sprig of rosemary!
To make the Rosemary Simple Syrup
Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan. Cook at medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar is dissolved. Lightly roll the rosemary between your hands to awaken the aromatic oils, then add to the syrup. Continue to cook for 10 more minutes. Let the syrup cool to room temperature. It’s up to you whether you’d like to strain the rosemary sprigs or not. Recipe adapted from Kara Newman’s “Cocktails for a Crowd.”
MUNCHIES Carlos Salazar is here to show us how to make another creative cocktail, the tequila gimlet. A new take on the classic cocktail, using just tequila, lime and simple syrup.
This post is sponsored by Hornitos®, in partnership with Vice MUNCHIES. All content is original and all opinions are my own. All trademarks are the property of their respective owner.