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Month: May 2015

Cinco de Mayo with Sauza Blue Tequila

Cinco de Mayo is the perfect time to break out that ninja blender, a bottle of tequila and make some Mexican restaurant margaritas.  Sounds like a past post of ours.  Boozeblogger knows just a little about having a great time on Cinco de Mayo.  We’ll share with you how to best enjoy the 5th of May with some of our favorite food and drink recipes.

A great way to start your festivities is with homemade chips and guac.  You’ll need something to snack on before you get into those margaritas.  It’s super easy to make these chips and guac that taste as good as Chipotle.

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Homemade Tortilla Chips

1 package of corn tortillas

1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

3 tablespoons of lime juice

1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Cut each tortilla into 8 chip sized wedges  I stack several tortillas and cut several at once.

Arrange the cut tortillas in a single layer on a cookie sheet

Apply oil to the tortillas

Bake for 7 minutes, turn pan, bake 7 more

Remove chips and place in large bowl, toss with salt and lime juice

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Homemade Guacamole

3 ripe avacados

1/4 cup chopped red onion

1/4 cup minced cilantro

2 tablespoons lime juice

1/8 teaspoon salt

In a bowl, mash avacados with fork.  Stir in onion, cilantro, lime juice, and salt.

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Sauza makes a perfect tequila for margaritas.  Their tequila makes the freshest tasting margaritas because it is made with a process called “Fresh Pressed Agave”.  This is accomplished by steeping the agave before the juice is extracted and cooked, giving it a very natural and fresh flavor.

We used the Blue Silver 100% blue agave which is clean, has a great agave taste, and bite to it.

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Here is what you need for the perfect mint margarita with Sauza:

1 bunch of fresh mint

3 tbsp sugar

1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 4 limes)

6 parts Sauza Blue Silver Tequila

2 cups club soda

ice

salt for rim

mint for garnish

In a small pitcher, muddle together the mint leaves, sugar and lime juice until they start to melt together.  Add your Sauza Blue Silver Tequila.  Fill 4 glasses with ice and pour cocktail mixture 3/4 of the way to the top of each glass.  If you want, rim your glasses with salt by rubbing the rims with a lime wedge and dipping in a plate of salt.  Fill each glass with club soda and garnish with an extra sprig of mint.

Hudson Whiskey

Tuthilltown Spirits Farm Distillery is bringing back the tradition of whiskey distilling in The Big Apple.  Tuthilltown’s high quality handcrafted rye whiskey is the first since prohibition to be distilled in the Hudson Valley.  Also, Tuthilltown has the oldest continuously operated grist mill in New York and in 1982 became part of the National Register of Historic Places.  All of this history has come together at Tuthilltown to create an amazing small batch whiskey that harks back to pre-prohibition booze.

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We were fortunate enough to get our hands on two of Tuthilltown’s great whiskeys.  The Hudson Manhattan Rye and the Single Malt.  These bottles of Hudson Whiskey go through a distillation process that includes custom copper pot stills, while each bottle passes through at least seven sets of hands before it leaves.  Hudson Whiskey has become a top tier whiskey distillery and their attention to detail throughout the distillation process is evident.

The Manhattan Rye is bottled at 92 proof and comes in a 375ml bottle.  This is one of the best American made rye whiskies.  It’s best enjoyed not mixed in a manhattan but sipped neat.  The aroma of the Manhattan Rye is sweet and bright, reminiscent of flowers and cherries.  The Manhattan Rye has a wonderful rye flavor, as well as, a bright flowery and fruity taste.  The finish has a little spice and char flavor but is exceptionally smooth.  This is one of our favorite rye whiskies here at Boozeblogger.

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Another great expression offered by Tuthilltown is the Hudson Single Malt.  The aroma of this whiskey is reminiscent of fresh cut wood and leather.  Also, scents of sweetness and citrus.  The taste has a strong flavor of barrel char, somewhat harsh, and spicy.  Also present are notes of vanilla and oak.  It finishes strong and quite dry, definitely has a long lingering and tingly finish.  This is an excellent offering from Hudson.

We’ve found the Manhattan Rye to be more to our liking.  Both offerings are excellent examples of american whiskey that is not bourbon.  We look forward to further tasting and review of Hudson!

hudsonwhiskey.com

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