I thought so.
And, they’re coming to a kitchen near you. You’ll no longer have to go out for an ice cold margarita (okay, maybe occasionally), because you’re about to become a pro – thanks to a little trick that I’m about to share with you from the Herradura Tequila team.
I was recently invited in to Big City Tavern for a tequila tasting by Tequila Herradura. Well, it was more than a tequila tasting. It was an opportunity get familiar with the brand, taste my way through four tequilas, eat some great food – and was even put to work. Did you know this ultra-premium brand has been around since 1870 and that out of 156 distillers in Jalisco, Casa Herradura is the only one still located in its original location. They even use the original recipe and brick ovens that they used in the late 1800’s – and did I mention the tequila goes down oh-so-smoothly? I guess you can say that they know what they are doing.
So when I was supposed to be staying in (well, it was a Monday), I was getting spoiled with all sorts of deliciousness.
A Herradura Greeting
When I first arrived, the team was still setting up, but they quickly made sure that my thirst was quenched. First in line was a mango margarita and all of it’s sunny goodness. With a camera in one hand (yes, that’s important) and a cocktail in the other, I made my way through the room and learned that the event was going to be all about the Herradura horseshoe margarita — and we were about to learn how to simplify the margarita making process. Now, this was a skill that I needed since my idea of making a cocktail has always been cozying up to my favorite bar.
I was up for the challenge.
How to Make a Herradura Horseshoe Margarita
1 oz Tequila Herradura
1/4 – 1/2 oz. Agave Nectar
1 lime, freshly squeezed
A few pieces of your favorite fruit (ie., watermelon, blackberries, raspberries, etc.)
Find a shaker. Any shaker will do, but be sure that it has a cover.
Get some ice. Take what you need from the freezer or if you’re making margaritas for a crowd, fill up a pitcher.
Pour a shot of tequila into the shaker. I used Herradura Silver, which had been aged for 45 days. It was an easy-drinking tequila that balanced the sweetness from the agave (Herradura is made using 100% agave) with the oaky tones.
For some sweetness, add agave nectar to taste. I filled a shot glass about 1/4 oz, but you can add more or less, if you’d like.
Add the juice from one lime.
Add a few pieces of your favorite fruit such as watermelon, raspberries or blackberries and your favorite herbs, if you’d like. Basil and mint work wonders.
Place the top on the shaker and make sure it’s secure. Shake vigorously. This will breakdown the fruit, eliminating the need to muddle.
Take off the top and add a straw or pour into your favorite rocks glass and this margarita is ready to be served. Enjoy!
While I used Herradura Silver in my margarita, the other bottles in Herradura’s line-up will work, as well. The Reposado, aged for 11 months, offers a well-balanced blend of vanilla, butter and agave, while the Ultra, a blend of premium Añejo and extra Añejo, is a special treat and will give you the smoothest finish possible.
For more information on Tequila Herradura, including more drink recipes, visit Herradura online.
I was invited to this tasting by Tequila Herradura. While I was compensated for this posting, all opinions expressed here are my own.