TEQUILA RECIPES BY ALEX VALENCIA OF LA CONTENTA IN NYC, NEW YORK

If you’re looking for a fun fiesta this Cinco de Mayo, La Contenta will be serving up these fabulous drink specials during their special happy hour this Friday, May 5th from 4-6pm. Drinks are $8 until 6pm, after that $10 a cocktail. In addition to the party inside, a Mexican-style market with fruit and sweet vendors will be right outside, along with a trio band performing traditional Latin music.

1) Mr. Agave & Ms. Tuna

This is a variation of the margarita; la tuna (prickly pear) is wildly harvested and eaten throughout Mexico and even in parts of the USA. You can see the cactus pear present on the Mexican flag, and it’s also the national fruit. The inspiration behind this spicy margarita cocktail is the love Mexicans have for indulging in anything spicy.

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2) Jalisco Express

2 parts Tres Agaves Blanco
6 drops of the tequila-infused with Habanero 3⁄4 parts Lime Juice
1⁄2 part Prickly Pear Puree (such as boiron)
3⁄4 parts Tres Agaves Agave Syrup

Directions: Add all ingredients in the shaker; add ice, shake and strain in coupe or martini glass.

This cocktail was created and named in honor of the Tequila Express train in Jalisco, Mexico which took people to the agave fields in the lowlands of the Jalisco region.

2 parts Tres Agaves Blanco
3⁄4 parts Lime Juice
3⁄4 parts Tres Agaves Agave Syrup 1 slice of Jalapeno (no seeds)
2 Cucumber Slices
Pinch of basil (6-8 small leaves)

Directions: Place basil first, then Jalapeno and cucumber slices in shaker; add agave syrup and muddle. Add in rest of the ingredients and ice. Shake, double strain and

serve over ice in lowball glass; garnish with a Tajin rim.

3) El Gavilan

This is a variation on the classic Mexican cocktail, the Paloma. In México, there’s a famous song which is named GAVILAN O PALOMA (sparrow or dove). This drink was named in tribute of the popular drink and song.

wheel; serve in highball glass.

2 parts Tres Agaves Reposado 1⁄2 part Grapefruit Juice
3⁄4 parts Lime Juice
3⁄4 parts Demarara Syrup

1 dash Angostura Bitters
Top with Mexican grapefruit soda (such as squirt or Jarritos)

Directions: Add all ingredients except soda in the shaker; add ice, shake and strain over ice. Top off with Mexican soda and garnish with lime

4) Vampiro

This traditional Mexican drink incorporates a riff on the classic sangrita, but instead of the tequila and mix served side by side, it’s blended together and topped off with grapefruit soda.

1.5 parts Tres Agaves Tequila Reposado
5 parts Sangrita*
.5 parts Lime juice
Balance with grapefruit soda (squirt or Jarritos)

Directions: Build the drink in the glass by first putting the tequila in the glass, then add the sangrita mix and top off with grapefruit soda; stir ingredients together in highball glass and garnish with grapefruit wheel.

*How to Make the Sangrita
Blend together the following ingredients: – Pinch of salt
– hot sauce
– Orange juice (from 1 orange)
– Lime juice (4 limes)
– Grapefruit juice (2 grapefruits)
– A touch of ground black pepper

5) Tepache Kid

TEPACHE, a traditional fermented pineapple drink in Mexico, has been consumed for hundreds of years- older than the actual country itself. This recipe embodies the history and traditions of our ancestors. My whole family used to drink Tepache. Friends and I would enjoy it from the bicycle street vendor in front of my school before we’d go inside for class. It has deep roots in our culture, which was the inspiration behind creating this original recipe.

2 parts Tres Agaves Añejo
1 part pineapple puree
1 part tamarind syrup (tamarind paste mixed with equal parts refined sugar and water)
2 dash angostura bitters

Directions: Pour all ingredients into the shaker with ice; shake and strain on the rocks and garnish with pineapple wedge.

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