When it comes to whipping up delicious, summery tequila cocktails, who better to turn to than Casamigos? The premium tequila brand knows exactly how to highlight and complement the flavors of tequila, which is why they created a collection of mixes and salts for summer celebrations. Here, Casamigos’ Tequila Mixologists share their tips for making the best tequila cocktails ever.
What’s the best type of tequila for cocktails?
The best type of tequila for cocktails is the one that brings out the flavors in the cocktail. For example, Casamigos Blanco Tequila will create a more clean and crisp flavor with the Casamigos Cocktail Signature Margarita mix where Casamigos Reposado Tequila will create a more oaky and full body flavor with the Casamigos Cocktail Blackberry Basil Smash.
What’s the best type for sipping?
The best type of Casamigos Tequila and Mezcal for sipping is dependent on who is drinking it because everyone has a very different palate. Generally speaking, those that enjoy light spirits like vodka, light rum or gin will enjoy Casamigos Blanco Tequila.
Someone that likes aged spirits such as whiskey will generally enjoy sipping Casamigos Reposado and Añejo Tequilas. Casamigos Mezcal is a universal drink enjoyed by nearly anyone and is traditionally sipped at room temperature.
What flavors complement tequila? How does that tie into the blends you created with Williams Sonoma?
Different flavors complement different tequila expressions. For example, the Ginger Lime Mule mix complements the clean, crisp and citrus flavors of Casamigos Blanco Tequila, whereas the Blackberry Basil Smash mix complements the caramel and oak flavor profiles of Casamigos Reposado Tequila.
Each of the blends created for Williams Sonoma are meant to highlight both the Blanco and Reposado expressions. These blends can now be paired with Casamigos Mezcal to offer up a smoky variation.
What does salt add to a cocktail and what makes your Williams Sonoma salts special?
Salt adds another layer by helping to bring out the flavors already in the cocktail. What makes these Williams Sonoma and Casamigos salts so special is that the salt mixtures are composed of two or more ingredients rather than simply just salt. Because of this, they encompass a more balanced flavor with vivid colors that will add texture to the glass the cocktail is poured into.
Any tips for garnishing?
A garnish should incorporate flavors that are used in the cocktail while also creating something that is visually appealing by selecting options that provide different colors and textures. For example, for the Casamigos Cocktail Ginger Lime Mule I suggest garnishing with candied ginger wrapped in a lime wheel through a skewer.
How do you create a great salt rim?
The trick here is to apply an extra thick (1-1 1/2 inches) layer of salt to half the glass. This way you can decide whether or not you want salt included in your sip. It also creates a great texture and visual for the cocktail as well.
What are the best types of glasses to serve cocktails and “sips” in?
Traditionally, a rocks glass is most widely used for tequila cocktails; however, now coupes, highball and martini glasses are being commonly used as well. But the best glass for “sips” is still a nice large rocks glass.
What’s a common tequila cocktail mistake?
Mixing it with non-fresh lime mix, which drowns out the flavor of the tequila. Our cocktail mixes are made with all organic, fresh ingredients to only enhance the flavor of the tequila and mezcal.
What are some good food pairings with tequila cocktails?
Tacos are always a great food pairing with tequila cocktails. Other great options are ceviche, pozole, chips with salsa or spicy guacamole and chile relleno. Basically anything with a hint of spice and bold refreshing flavors!