Tequila is one of those drinks that you either love, or cannot even handle at all.
For the longest time, I couldn’t stand it.
One bad experience, many years ago left a sour taste in my mouth…and tequila was a drink that this cocktail loving gal just couldn’t stomach.
Fast forward a few more years than I care to admit, and it’s 2015.
I went to a Cinco de Mayo celebration and was pleasantly surprised that I was able to enjoy a cocktail or two.
Fast forward a month or so from then, and I went to an actual tequila tasting…and survived without incident.
Alright, alright, alright – tequila is back in rotation in the JennJenn house!
What better way to celebrate than having a tequila cocktail making night?
The one main thing I learned since reintroducing myself to tequila is that there are so many different kinds, and the ones with more sugar and artificial ingredients are the ones that cause those dreaded hangovers.
Suffice it to say that the reason our tequila tastes so damn good and gets the party going so damn well is because we’ve spent generations perfecting it.
In fact, ‘Don Franco’ didn’t just perfect tequila.
He helped create the rule that all tequila must be made from pure agave in certain Mexican states, or else it’s just not tequila.
Did we mention he founded Hornitos on Mexican Independence Day?
Yeah. This is as authentic as it gets.
Hornitos BLACK BARREL®
Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila takes a premium aged Añejo tequila and then ages it two more times in traditional whiskey ways to deliver a superior tequila with complex whiskey notes.
We start with 100% pure agave tequila and age it for 12 months in specially toasted oak barrels to create a premium Añejo tequila.
It is then moved into deep charred barrels for 4 months, where it starts to pick up whiskey notes.
The third aging takes place when the liquid is transferred to toasted oak barrels for 2 additional months to instill a smooth whiskey finish.
Award winning Hornitos Black Barrel is redefining the tequila experience.
We decided to try our hand at a couple different tequila cocktails that evening.
It’s true guys, tequila isn’t just for shots!
…though, we had a couple of those that evening too!
First up, we tried a couple simple, yet unexpectedly delicious cocktails.
1 Part Hornitos Black Barrel
3 Parts Orange Juice
Build over ice in a highball glass, add a cherry garnish, if you so desire.
1 Part Hornitos Black Barrel
3 Parts Ginger Ale
Build over ice in a tall glass, garnish with a lime wedge.
Both of these cocktails are delicious, and are the kind that for those who think they don’t like tequila – they’d be perfect as a reintroduction because they do not have an overpowering tequila taste.
Next we moved on to a popular tequila cocktail.
1oz Hornitos Black Barrel
½ oz Lime Juice
Fill with Perrier Grapefruit
Build in a rocks glass filled with ice, and garnish with a lime wedge.
Of course, we saved the best for last!
This recipe is adapted, with some minor changes from HERE
Sparkling Margaritas (aka – Champagne Margaritas)
1 ½ cups fresh lime juice
1 cup Hornitos Black Barrel
1 cup Triple Sec or Cointreau
1 bottle (750mL) champagne or sparkling wine
Coarse salt to rim the glasses (optional)
— Hornitos® Tequila (@HornitosTequila) August 14, 2015
So, next time you’re having some friends over – or a night in with your cutie – give some of these Hornitos Black Barrel cocktails a try!