Great New Cocktails to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo: Horchata Sips and Mezcal 8 Viboras
It’s almost Cinco de Mayo and maybe you started early. Well I have a few more cocktails for you and here’s one that’s really cool — and worth the effort to make it.
Forget the typical– and sugar-loaded– margaritas. This Cinco de Mayo, break out an original classic to celebrate the day- the Horchata. Iced Horchatas are a contemporary spin on a classic Mexican summer beverage. This delightfully refreshing version features rice and cinnamon, and is a great make-ahead drink for entertaining on this festive holiday.
This is a LARGE jug of Horchata mixed up. You aren’t making that much with this recipe!!
Iced Horchata: — This is the alcoholic version. Should you wish to skip the rum, then you have the perfect one to mix a rum extract or a spiced cider into the mix.
· 4 cups hot water
· 1 cup white rice, rinsed and drained
· 2 cinnamon sticks
· 1 cup granulated sugar
· 1 cup Coffee-mate Natural Bliss Sweet Cream
· 4 ounces spiced rum (optional) (Cruzan Spiced Rum or Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum)
· Ice cubes
· Ground cinnamon
-COMBINE water, rice and cinnamon sticks in large bowl; cool. Cover; refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
-REMOVE cinnamon sticks.
–Drain the rice and reserve the soaking liquid.
— Pour rice into food processor or blender and cover.
— Process on high for 3 to 4 minutes.
— Add reserved soaking liquid and sugar and process for 2 minutes.
— Strain mixture through a cheesecloth or fine sieve into a pitcher, pressing the rice solids until only a dry paste remains; discard paste.
Stir Coffee-mate and rum into mixture. (If you don’t want alcohol, then you can use rum extract or spiced cider)
-SERVE over ice. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Ok– now you are thinking — where is the booze? This isn’t a cocktail. Yes it can be. You can either drink it sans alcohol which is better for your body and your liver or you can spike it gently with a spiced rum like Cruzan Rum or Sailor Jerry’s Rum — or you can go entirely into a different direction with some Onyx Moonshine– a distilled white spirit here in the US made according to a generations old recipe.
Looking for some serious recipes with SERIOUS alcohol? I have something special– Mezcal 8 Viboras White
3 ice cubes
1 oz Mezcal 8 Viboras White
1 / 2 oz natural syrup
1 / 2 oz triple sec
1 / 2 oz lemon juice
3 oz orange juice
freeze a martini glass with ice
add the ingredients in a shaker except the grenadine and shake for 10 seconds until it is cold
remove ice from the cup
cover the edge of the cup with salt worm
prepare to serve in the cup
slowly pour the grenadine around the cup
garnish with an orange
Cool drink right? VERY pretty and yes it takes some effort.
Here’s a Mezcal Clamato— it’s not exactly NEW but the taste will be waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay different than you think it should be!!
2 oz Mezcal 8 Viboras with Agave Worm
6 oztomato juice
1 / 2 oz lemon juice
1 drop Worcestershire sauce
1 drop Tabasco sauce
ground black pepper
add ingredients to a shaker
shake for 10 seconds
strain into a tall cold glass
garnish with a celery stalk
If that’s not truly in the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, then head to Mexico because this is the real deal. You need to have a bottle of Mezacal 8 Vidoras in your pantry!!
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