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You don’t have to be in Mexico to enjoy tequila a variety of different ways. Bypass the standard shots at the bar with our list of five ways to celebrate tequila properly, thanks to Tequila Blu.

Spiked Mexican hot chocolate
This spicy hot chocolate gets its kick from the Oaxacan chocolate that is traditionally used to make it and with the inclusion of agave nectar and fine tequila, like Tequila Blu, this drink screams with the taste of Mexico!

Serves 2

Ingredients

3 cups milk of choice

1 ½ bars of good quality, spicy chocolate

6 tbsp cocoa powder

2 tbsp agave nectar

1 ½ shots Tequila Blu

½ heavy whipping cream or ½ cup water

Cayenne pepper to taste (optional)

Method

  1. Warm the milk in a saucepan on the stove.
  2. Add chocolate, cocoa and agave nectar and whisk to melt chocolate.
  3. Season with cayenne pepper.
  4. Pour into two large mugs, top with whipped cream and garnish with ground cinnamon.

Tequila and orange
When you think of drinking straight tequila you might jump to thoughts of lime and salt, a seedy nightclub and a bad hangover… but it doesn’t always have to be that way. Why not try something different like the Tequila Blu Citrus Harvest?

Ingredients

45 ml Tequila Blu

Slice of fresh orange

Vanilla Sugar

Or try making a tequila and orange granita:

Ingredients

1 ¼ cups water

½ cup sugar

juice of 7 oranges

6 tablespoons of Tequila Blu

Method

  1. Combine 1 ¼ cups water, ½ cup sugar (or agave nectar for a more Mexican twist), juice of 7 oranges (2 1/3 cups approx.), and 6 tablespoons of Tequila Blu, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Pour into a baking pan and place in freezer until frozen, and then use a fork to break up the ice before re-freezing until solid. Continue to break up ice crystals with a fork every 20 minutes until the mix becomes slushy. Spoon into glasses and garnish with orange slices.

Margarita ice cream

Ingredients

125 ml lime juice

2 tablespoons tequila

3 tablespoons Cointreau (or triple sec)

150 grams icing sugar

500 ml double cream

Method

  1. Pour the liquid ingredients (lime juice, tequila and Cointreau) into a bowl and stir in sugar until it is dissolved.
  2. Add cream, whip til it becomes think and smooth but not stiff!
  3. Place in an airtight container and freeze overnight.

Tequila poured over sorbet

This one is an easy twist on an old favourite.
Place a few scoops of lemon, lime or berry sorbet in a glass with a salted or sugar coated rim, and drizzle with tequila for a deconstructed margarita.

Edible strawberry and tequila bites

Ingredients

Large strawberries (amount required depends on how many shots you plan on making)

1 x packet of jelly (choose a flavour that will go well with strawberries)

Tequila Blu

Method

  1. Prepare your strawberry cups first.
  2. Chop off the top/green part of the strawberries and hollow out to create a cup or mould. If your strawberries are large enough you may like to cut off the bottom, just enough to make the strawberries able to stand up on their own but be careful not to cut through to the hollowed out middle.
  3. Follow instructions on the packet to make your jelly, substituting ¾ cup of water with tequila. We suggest preparing the jelly in a jug so it is easy to pour into the strawberry cups.
  4. Once you have made the jelly liquid, fill the strawberry cups and place in the fridge until jelly is set. If your strawberries aren’t able to stand up, an empty egg carton will make a great tray. You can experiment using oranges and other fruit too!

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