We’re beside ourselves with two great food holidays to acknowledge in one week. Not just two holidays we would love no matter what (I mean who doesn’t love ice cream?); but, two holidays which are most useful in planning your Modern Jewish (or Jew-ish) Wedding.
As we’ve discussed many times, me, being from Texas and all, I do love a good margarita and the occasional tequila shot. But, beyond those two ways to say “L’Chaim,” with Tequila I am stuck for ideas. Lucky for all of us wanting to start our weekend off with Happy Hour tonight there are plenty of experts to help us. We’ve done all the work for you and gathered up the best.
First if you’re a fan of National Tequila Day and plan to really celebrate it, please make sure to download Uber to your smartphone. They’re offering discounts for those who are honoring Tequila day by drinking and NOT driving.
Next, you should be sure to like the Facebook Page for National Tequila Day. I’m sure as the day continues you’ll be able to share your adventures as well as obtain recipes and inspiration you can use all year long. Like this post which Colin Cowie shared of Peter Callahan’s use of tequila and tacos in his book, “Bite by Bite.” (Which, P.S., we got to taste at one of my all time favorite Engage conferences at the Biltmore.)
O.K., so, you’ve downloaded Uber (or Lyft or Gett depending on where you live) and you’ve liked the FB page. What’s next? Well, “How well do you know Tequila?” For the record, we got a just barely passing grade of 75 here in the MJW office, despite having taken a Tequila Tasting Class at last year’s National Association of Catering and Events conference.
Now for 10 Fierce Cocktail Recipes? This article features more than the traditional margarita. Have you ever heard of a Muy Caliente from Hornitos Tequila (please be at least 21 before you click on the link and turn the volume of your computer off)? It has a jalapeno kick.
Finally, because if you know me well enough to know I enjoy a Frozen Strawberry Margarita with my traditional Friday night Shabbat dinner of Tex-Mex; then you probably also know I have a crush on Bobby Flay. So, there is no way this national food holiday gets acknowledged on this blog without one of his recipes.
2 lemons, sliced into thin rounds
2 limes, sliced into thin rounds
1 naval orange, halved and sliced into thin rounds
12 large fresh mint leaves, torn
2/3 cup agave nectar syrup
1/2 cup silver tequila
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1 bottle white wine, chilled, such as a sauvignon blanc
2 cups lemon-lime soda, chilled
Place the sliced fruit and mint in a large pitcher and use a muddler to mash them together. Add the agave syrup, tequila and lime juice. Stir, and then stir in the white wine. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours.
To serve, divide the fruit mixture among 8 glasses. Top each with about 1/4 cup lemon-lime soda and serve immediately.