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Recipe: Co-owner and beverage director at La Contenta Alex Valencia Jose Cuervo Tradicional Inspired Drinks

Food & Living
"Recipe: Co-owner and beverage director at La Contenta Alex Valencia Jose Cuervo Tradicional Inspired Drinks"

Dia de los Muertos was always one of my favorite celebrations when I was younger. After I learned about the Jose Cuervo Tradicional Day of the Dead bottle, I was inspired to create recipes that celebrate the brand’s rich 200 year heritage and connection to Mexican culture.

I grew up in Guadalajara, which is about 45 minutes outside of Tequila, where Jose Cuervo Tradicional is made (at the brand’s home, La Rojena). My recipes reflect the flavors of Mexico and the spirit in which we always celebrated Dia de los Muertos back home. I remember when I was young, we would create the traditional Day of the Dead alters and decorate those with specialty food and drink that reminded us of our loved ones that has passed away.

The recipes that I’ve created including many traditional ingredients that are indigenous to Mexico and Guadalajara. These include the marigold (which is the iconic Day of the Dead flower), prickly pear, sage, coconut, corn, habanero and even cactus. It was an exciting challenge to use these ingredients and balance them out with Jose Cuervo Tradicional to develop delicious cocktails that remind me of my childhood and family traditions from back home.

 

Santa Muerte

2oz Jose Cuervo Tradicional

1/2oz Prickly Pear purée

1/2oz Rich simple syrup

3/4oz Lime juice

 

Add ingredients to shaker, add ice, shake and serve in a cocktail or coupe glass. Garnish with a rose petal or pansy flower.

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The Mayan

2oz Jose Cuervo Tradicional infused coconut flake

1/2oz agave nectar

1/2oz corn purée

3/4oz lime juice

5 drops habanero infused tequila.

Coconut Infusion: place 250 grams of unsweet coconut flakes over 750 ml  Cuervo Tradicional Silver Tequila and infuse for 24 hrs. Strain to use the infusion.

add ingredients into a shaker, add ice, shake, and serve with a double strain (use a tea strainer). Serve in a cocktail glass or coupe glass. Garnish with a tajin rim and coconut flakes on top.

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Tradition & Immortality

2oz Jose Cuervo Tradicional

1/2oz green chartreuse

1/4oz absinthe

1/2oz simple syrup

1oz lime juice

3 sage leaves.

 

Add the ingredients into a shaker, add ice, shake and serve using a double strain or tea strainer. Serve in a highball glass with ice and garnish with a sage leaf on top.

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Day of the Dead Old Fashioned

2oz TRADICIONAL infused marigold petals

2 bar spoon spiced simple syrup

2 dashes Peychauds bitters

Lemon peel oils on top.

METHOD: Infuse 15 grams of marigold petals with a litter of Tradicional Silver for 20 minutes; strain.

Add ingredients over a stir (or pint) glass, add ice and stir 50 times. Serve in a rock glass or double old fashion glass. Garinish with lemon peel oils and lemon peel on top.

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AVON 39