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07. 03. 2008

Tequila Herradura - Best of the best for Fourth of July


Every year our block in the South Bay has a wild (but very well-organized ) July 4th Block party. We do it up right - get a permit to close down the street, rent a double slip n' slide, run pop-ups and tables down the middle of the street, set up cooking in "BBQ alley" (Brad's driveway), referee a volleyball and basketball tourney, and string up pinatas. In the evening, the neighborhood band plays and we all dance - munchkins and seniors alike. And all the while I'm serving up my "famous" margaritas.

What's so fabulous about them? It's not the homemade mix, fresh limes, or margarita salt. It's the Herradura tequila, a secret among tequila aficionados. Located and produced in the heart of Mexico’s tequila region, in the tiny town of Amatitan, Jalisco, Tequila Herradura is 100% blue agave tequila carefully crafted using traditional methods, such as cooking the agave in clay ovens and fermenting naturally with wild yeast. They are one of the few producers to grow their own blue agave, which takes up to 10 years to mature. Like a fine wine, they are aged in oak for different lengths of time. For example, the Herradura Añejo Herradura Gold (Reposado) ferments for 2 years, and my favorite, the Herradura Silver, for only 40 months, and none of their tequilas contain carmel (for coloring), sugar or additives.

By itself, which is what they recommend, the Silver has a light, clean citrus taste, and even though it's blasphemous, I love to make my margaritas with them. Here's my "secret" recipe:

2 ounces Herradura Silver
Splash of fresh just-squeezed lime juice
Splash of Mr & Mrs T Margarita mix (otherwise it's too sour for most people)
Real margarita salt on the rim (available at most grocery stores these days)

If martinis are more your style, here's one from their publicist, Alejandra, who has done considerable research apparently:

Mexican Martini

2 oz. Herradura Silver Tequila
1 ½ oz. Cointreau orange liqueur
2 oz. sweet and sour mix
1 oz. lime juice
2 oz. orange juice
Splash of lemon-lime juice
2 olives

Pour all ingredients into a large cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a large martini glass with a salt rim. Add two olives on a spear and serve.

Happy 4th!

Posted by Evan    Category: eat/drink | luxury
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