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Ruby Twist Tequila Cocktail

Ruby Twist 032 This little gem of a cocktail uses reposado tequila, pomegranate liqueur and premium orange liqueur. Ruby Twist weighs in at about 48.63 proof. - recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin of The Intoxicologist {http://intoxicologist.net}

This little gem of a cocktail uses reposado tequila, pomegranate liqueur and premium orange liqueur. – recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin of The Intoxicologist

The Ruby Twist tequila cocktail was inspired by a cocktail offered years ago at a local brewing company. It was really nice to see something other than a margarita on the menu. Upstream Brewing Company in the Omaha Old Market served their drink with lemonade and lime cordial on the rocks. A little creative play and additional ingredients brought their tequila long drink into premium cocktail range.

Orange radiates with remarkable flavor. There are heavy, yet smooth notes of vanilla. The flavors round out nicely giving this cocktail beautiful full texture and decadent mouth feel.

Ruby Twist Tequila Cocktail Recipe

Ruby Twist 034 This little gem of a cocktail uses reposado tequila, pomegranate liqueur and premium orange liqueur. Ruby Twist weighs in at about 48.63 proof. - recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin of The Intoxicologist {http://intoxicologist.net}

Ruby Twist weighs in at about 48.63 proof. – recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin of The Intoxicologist

Ruby Twist – recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin

1-1/2 ounce Reposado Tequila

1-1/2 ounce Pomegranate Liqueur

3/4 ounce Premium Orange Liqueur

Thick Fresh Lemon Twist Garnish

Combine liquids in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Twist a fresh lemon rind over the cocktail so the essential oils spray into the drink. Drop lemon twist into the cocktail.

This little gem of a cocktail weighs in at about 48.63 proof {adding in approximately 1 ounce water dilution during the shake and chill process.} Please sip responsibly.

I used Cielo Tequila, PAMA Liqueur and Cointreau during the creation process.

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Tequila Cocktails with Interesting Ingredients

Tequila cocktails usually center on lime juice, some sort of orange liqueur and a name like “Margarita.” But not all tequila cocktails are built equally. A quick peek around the kitchen and creative inspiration will have you shaking up something special in no time.

Tequila Cocktails with Avocado

Cabo Wabo Tequila 5 with shot and limes shown - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Avocado isn’t just for guacamole anymore. The Guacarita just might pair rather nicely with a side of chips and dips though! The Guacarita combines tequila, avocado, agave nectar, fresh lime juice and cilantro. Get recipes for the Guacarita, a Churro Margarita and the Waborita in the Cabo Wabo Tequila Rocks post.

Larks and Japes has a very interesting tequila cocktail called the Mango Avocado Piedra Azul Punch. It has avocado, mango and wasabi in it to name a few ingredients. Definitely worth checking out!

Tequila Cocktails with Egg White

Tequila Cazadorez Teaser Cocktail 013 - Tease your taste buds with this little temptation of a cocktail. Teaser cocktail contains a wee bit of acidic tartness, hints of vanilla, a burst of orange and mellowed sweetness. - photo and recipe adaption by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Tease your taste buds with this little temptation of a cocktail. Teaser contains a wee bit of acidic tartness, hints of vanilla, a burst of orange and mellowed sweetness. Teaser includes egg white for texture and balance. If fresh egg white in cocktails makes you uneasy, try fresh egg substitute such as Egg Beaters or powdered egg white. Teaser recipe is included in the Tequila Cazadores Cocktail Tease review post.

2 more tequila cocktails with egg white include the Viva Maria with tequila, lime juice, maraschino liqueur and grenadine. There is also a Citrus Cactus drink with 2 ounces Tequila, 1/2 ounce each Lemon and Lime juice, 1/2 ounce Simple Syrup, 1 teaspoon Absinthe, 1 teaspoon Grenadine, 1 teaspoon Egg White. Dry shake all ingredients in cocktail shaker. Strain into Double Old Fashioned glass packed full of crushed ice.

Tequila Cocktails with Hibiscus Flowers

Gran Centenario Rosangel Tequila contains the subtly sweet flavor of hand-picked Hibiscus flowers. - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Gran Centenario Rosangel Tequila brings unique flavor to the glass with its hibiscus flower flavor infusion. Add Italian Vermouth, Amaro, Blackberry Liqueur and a dash of bitters to the mixing tin and expect one heck of a flavorful sip! This Mexican Manhattan is one you’re sure to enjoy. Find the Jalisco Mexican Manhattan and Rosangel Ruby Fizz recipes in the Sipping Through Rosangel Tinted Glasses post.

More tequila cocktails with hibiscus flowers include Angel Eyes and Mama Cita. Food and Wine.com has a Hibiscus Tequila cocktail made from homemade hibiscus tea and tequila of your choice.

Tequila Cocktails with Elderflower Liqueur

St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur is an artisanal French liqueur created only once per year in late spring. It is said to be 100% all natural with no preservatives. It is created from elderflower blossoms in limited quantities. Officially St-Germain tastes like tropical fruit, citrus and orchard fruits. The flavor is soft and lilting on the tongue making it perfect for light sipping or adding that finishing touch to delicate cocktails.- photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur adds delicate sweetness to cocktails. Mix in tequila with a little heat and you’ve just kicked the flavor up a notch. Dia Del Amor mixes St-Germain, Reposado Tequila, Fresh Lime and few dashes of hot sauce together for a spicy twist on the usual “Margarita.” Get the Dia Del Amor recipe and 3 more St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur recipes in the Sexiest Valentine Cocktail Spirit post.

The Pastinaca contains tequila and Mezcal with Elderflower liqueur and grapefruit juice.

Tequila Cocktails with Espresso

Cafe Paloma tequila cocktails with espresso - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Getting buzzed takes on new meaning when caffeine is added to the ordinary Paloma cocktail. Palomas are refreshing summertime sippers. Tequila, grapefruit juice, lime and salted rim take the taste buds on a roller coaster ride of sweet, tart and salty. Add a dose of double espresso vodka and the mix just got a little pop of eye opening caffeine to brighten Happy Hour. Find the Café Paloma in Creating a Buzz.

More tequila cocktails with espresso include the Jalisco Express with coffee liqueur and espresso. The Café Pacifico is a nice winter warm up with tequila, coffee liqueur and hot coffee or espresso.

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Partida Tequila Ruby Red Grapefruit Margarita

Partida Tequila Reposado 002 close up of bottle neck and bird logo. - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Partida Tequila Reposado 002 close up of bottle neck and bird logo. – photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Partida Tequila is quality Tequila made from 100% blue agave. It is all natural with no additives and no additional color. The Partida Tequila Reposado is aged in Jack Daniel’s American Oak barrels.

Partida Tequila Reposado 012 close up of bottle label. - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Great care is taken during the creative process so the finest quality taste goes into each Partida Tequila bottle. Partida Tequila gives the agave plants 7 to 10 years to mature before harvesting. The riper the agave plant, the more flavorful it becomes.

Partida Tequila Reposado 052 Bottle stopper with Partida Tequila Reposado tasting shot. - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Partida uses state of the art stainless steel ovens to bake their agave rather than the traditional old fashioned stone ovens. According to Partida, stone ovens develop sooty residue during the roasting process. Soot build up over time contributes to bitterness in Tequila. This is in part why Partida chooses stainless steel ovens. It is also why Partida Tequila cleans their ovens after each batch.

Partida Tequila Ruby Red Grapefruit Margarita Recipe

Partida Tequila Ruby Red Grapefruit Margarita 094 contains some of the same flavor elements of a classic Paloma long drink; Tequila, Lime and Grapefruit. This Margarita variation is a blended frozen drink with additional premium orange liqueur. Top it with a float of Cassis for wonderful lush flavor. - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Partida Tequila Ruby Red Grapefruit Margarita 094 contains some of the same flavor elements of a classic Paloma long drink; Tequila, Lime and Grapefruit. This Margarita variation is a blended frozen drink with additional premium orange liqueur. Top it with a float of Cassis for wonderful lush flavor. – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

The Paloma long drink is such a refreshing warm weather drink with its easy tequila, lime and grapefruit flavors. It makes perfect sense to take the Paloma out for a spin and turn this tried and true favorite into a wonderful frozen blender drink. This Ruby Red Grapefruit Margarita can easily make two smaller margaritas or one larger drink.

Ruby Red Grapefruit Margarita – recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin

2 ounces Partida Tequila Reposado

1 ounce O3 Premium Orange Liqueur

3 ounces Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice

1 ounce Fresh Lime Juice

Salt Rim and Lime Wheel Garnish

10 to 12 ounces Ice

Place all ingredients in blender. Blend on high until all ice is completely integrated into drink. No ice chunks! Rim chilled glass with fresh lime slice. Dip into coarse salt. Pour blended mixture into salt rimmed glass. Garnish with lime slice.

Extra option: Add a 1/4 ounce Cassis float to the top of the drink for a wonderful burst of flavor.

Partida Tequila and Ruby Red Grapefruit Margarita Stock Photography Availability

Partida Tequila Reposado 020 close up of wood bottle stopper. - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Partida Tequila Reposado 020 close up of wood bottle stopper. – photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

There are thirteen Partida Tequila bottle photography shots available in the stock photography gallery including the photos chosen for this post.

Partida Tequila Ruby Red Grapefruit Margarita 116 contains some of the same flavor elements of a classic Paloma long drink; Tequila, Lime and Grapefruit. This Margarita variation is a blended frozen drink with additional premium orange liqueur. Top it with a float of Cassis for wonderful lush flavor. - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

There are twenty-two images of the Ruby Red Grapefruit Margarita with varying angles of the cocktail and lime wheel garnish. There are two O3 Premium Orange Liqueur holiday themed images in the Wine & Spirits Holiday Stock Photography Gallery. All images are available for immediate download for commercial and personal use, priced affordably in a variety of resolution sizes.

Partida Tequila Reposado 036 Bottle stopper with Partida Tequila Reposado tasting shot. - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Review sample courtesy representatives of Partida Tequila. Join Partida in conversation on facebook.com/TequilaPartida and twitter.com/TequilaPartida.

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Watermelon Cocktails and Mocktails

It is difficult to beat the heat, but fresh watermelon cocktails and mocktails definitely hit the spot when it comes to satisfying summer sippers. Watermelon is a perennial summer fruit favorite. It might consist of 90% water, but the refreshing sweet factor goes equally long on flavor. Watermelon has stood the test of time as an outdoor party and picnic fruit of choice. Fresh watermelon muddles and juices easily for fresh watermelon cocktails. This means easy, no muss no fuss refreshing sips for summer.

If it is winter where you are, summer sips are merely a bottle away. There are numerous watermelon flavored vodka, rum and liqueurs available. Mixing a few watermelon cocktails could be the taste of summer that beats away winter’s chill.

Watermelon Cocktails Recipes

Summer Scorcher uses tequila infused with chili pepper or jalepeno pepper mixed with fresh watermelon juice. - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Summer Scorcher uses tequila infused with chili pepper or jalapeno pepper mixed with fresh watermelon juice. – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Summer Scorcher – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

2 ounces Chili or Jalapeno Infused Tequila {chili infused tequila recipe link}

4 ounces Fresh Watermelon Juice

Watermelon Slice Garnish

Build in tall glass over fresh ice. Garnish with skewered watermelon cubes.

Summer Scorcher was originally created using Tabasco Tequila.

Watermelon Margarita

1-1/2 ounce Silver Tequila

2 to 2-1/2 ounces Fresh Watermelon Juice

1/2 ounce Fresh Lime Juice

1/2 ounce Agave Syrup

Watermelon Slice Garnish

Place liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with watermelon slice.

Watermelon Mocktail Recipe

Watermelon Slush is a great summer sipper for kids and adults. This refreshing summer drink contains watermelon, ice and hint of sweetener of your choice blended to smooth perfection for sweet summer sipping. - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Watermelon Slush is a great summer sipper for kids and adults. This refreshing summer drink contains watermelon, ice and hint of sweetener of your choice blended to smooth perfection for sweet summer sipping. – photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Watermelon Slush – Delaware Government for Safe Party Options

6–8 Crushed Ice

2 cups Watermelon – remove seeds

Sugar or Honey – to taste

Watermelon Slice Garnish

Place ice, watermelon and sweetener in blender. Blend until slushy smooth. Pour into chilled decorative glass. Garnish with watermelon wedge.

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DIY Ready-to-Drink Frozen Cocktails

No Blender Frozen Modern Margarita is a DIY Ready-to-Drink frozen cocktail – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

No Blender Frozen Modern Margarita is a DIY Ready-to-Drink frozen cocktail – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

You can make your own Ready-to-Drink frozen cocktails. It’s easier than you think. Once you start making your own, you may never buy prepackaged cocktails again! The only problem you might run into is running out too fast because they are so good!

Make Your Own Ready-to-Drink Frozen Cocktails

Ready to freeze pouches are frozen until ready to serve for blender style drinks without actually needing a blender. Fabulous idea! Good blenders are expensive. Cheap blenders usually don’t blend ice fine enough for cocktails. There are a few problem areas in freezing cocktails though. Alcohol and sugar don’t like to freeze. Consider recipes meant for blender use first when choosing recipes to use as Ready-to-Drink frozen cocktails. These will be the easiest recipes to convert for freezer pouch use.

A portion of the difference in volume between the base ingredients and a shaken cocktail needs to be added into the recipe to create a Ready-to-Drink frozen cocktail.

A portion of the difference in volume between the base ingredients and a shaken cocktail needs to be added into the recipe to create a Ready-to-Drink frozen cocktail.

An ordinary cocktail is put together in a cocktail shaker with ice. Let’s say there are 4 to 5 ounces of cocktail liquids that go into the shaker to build the cocktail. The cocktail is shaken until it is well chilled. Let’s say 20 seconds. Remember, we do not like a lazy shake! The liquid is strained into the cocktail glass. There is now a larger volume of liquid than the 4 to 5 ounces that went into the shaker due to ice melt. If that finished cocktail liquid were measured it would be more than the original measurement. THAT difference in volume is the key to making your own Ready-to-Drink frozen cocktails. A portion of the difference in volume between the base ingredients and a shaken cocktail needs to be added into the recipe to create a Ready-to-Drink frozen cocktail.

DIY No Blender Frozen Modern Margarita

The drink that inspired me to create a no blender necessary Ready-to-Drink frozen cocktail is served at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants. Roja Grill in the Omaha Old Market serves an amazing fresh Modern Margarita with fresh squeezed lime and grapefruit juice. Bartenders Manny, Brynne and Jaymee do an amazing job behind the bar at Roja. They also make some of the best, freshest Margaritas in the Old Market. Skip the Margarita machine and let the bartenders make a fresh Margarita for you. It’s well worth it!

I’ve never asked the bartenders at Roja for their Modern Margarita recipe. My recipe might not taste exactly like the one there. You will still need to go to Roja and sample the real thing! This recipe is an adapted version for freezer purposes.

No Blender Frozen Modern Margarita is an adapted version of the Roja Grill Modern Margarita - photo and frozen recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

No Blender Frozen Modern Margarita is an adapted version of the Roja Grill Modern Margarita – photo and frozen recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

No Blender Frozen Modern Margarita – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Makes 1

2 ounces Blanco Tequila

1-1/4 ounce Fresh Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice

1 ounce Fresh Lime Juice

1/2 ounce Premium Orange Liqueur

1/4 ounce Agave Syrup

1 ounce Bottled Water

Combine liquids in freezer safe container. Stir. Seal container. Freeze until ready to use. Mixture will freeze mostly solid within 4 to 5 hours depending upon how cold your freezer gets. Remove from freezer when ready to drink. Allow to slightly thaw for a few minutes. Shake to mix up contents. Pour into salt or sugar rimmed glass if desired. Garnish with lime wedge.

Ready-to-Drink Frozen Cocktails Tips & Tricks

Just a quick minute to thaw & shake is all you need for a wonderful icy, blended style frozen Margarita. No blender necessary. EASY! - photo and recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Just a quick minute to thaw & shake is all you need for a wonderful icy, blended style frozen Margarita. No blender necessary. EASY! – photo and recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Makes only one?!? I know. There is a reason frozen cocktails are sold in single pouches rather than party pouches. I did multiply the recipe and froze it in a container that held five servings. There is a bit of settling that goes on as the cocktail freezes. It’s possible to freeze multiple cocktails within one container.  However, the entire container has to thaw for a few minutes so it can be shaken to remix the contents due to settling. It’s much easier to freeze individual drinks.

I’ve used zip style freezer bags for my frozen cocktails. They work in a pinch but they sometimes leak and they are difficult to stack until the liquid is completely frozen. Then I found the Ball 8 ounce Plastic Freezer Jars at a local grocery store. They are wonderful! They are the perfect size for an individual cocktail. There is a “fill to” line marked on the container allowing proper space for the drink to expand as it freezes. The containers are stackable which saves freezer space. They seal perfectly, so no worries about plastic bag punctures. When it’s time to thaw the cocktail, it’s super easy to shake and pour.

Add Your Comment: What DIY Ready-to-Drink Frozen Cocktail recipes would you like to learn how to make?

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