Happy Cinco de Mayo to all of my imbibers. A day for drinking tequila.
My Tequila History
I used to be a big tequila drinker, enjoying some great anjeo blends like Porfidio Cactus in both small and large quantities. Then one night some 13 years ago, I had way too many shots of 1800. I held off drinking tequila for several years until I learned to consume in moderation, as well as sticking to smoother blends. I still use 1800 Silver when I make up a batch of blended margaritas, but for hand made margaritas on the rocks, I like to have a more refined blend.
Once I introduced myself back to the agave-based spirit, I stuck to brands like Patrón Silver, which for myself, went down a lot easier than even the 1800. Even a Hornitos could be used if the bar didn’t serve Patrón Silver.
At the beginning of 2013, I had heard of Casamigos, but wasn’t able to find it until later in the year. I purchased 750ml bottles of both the Blanco and Reposado, $39 and $49, respectfully. This is my review of Casamigos Reposado in a margarita.
I got burnt out on margaritas because they were too sweet, too cold, too icy and too bland. All of these dislikes come from how run-of-the-mill various mixes and dispensers are in many restaurants and and some bars. All frozen and from a mix with who knows what kind of tequila is used.
For many years now, I expect a nicely made margarita. Sure, every once in a while, I’ll consume a commercial blend on special just to see how it tastes. But I always come back to the following recipe, which I made on Cinco de Mayo:
- 1.5 oz. reposado or blanco tequila
- 0.5 oz. fresh lime juice
- .75 oz. agave nectar
- .75 oz. triple sec
Pour each of the ingredients into a glass with ice. Stir and enjoy.
Simple and great tasting. That’s how I like my margaritas. Not all sweet and sugary. And [almost] never blended. Always on the rocks. And a better tequila like Casamigos is preferred.
What drinks did you enjoy and/or serve for Cinco de Mayo?