Tequila Cocktails and Bar Cart Tips
I know, I know. We have been MIA for a little while now. But hey, sometimes you get married, have babies, and move into new homes… all in the same year. So, we apologize and ask you to cut The Bouches some slack and let’s get back to the fun now, shall we?
We’re back in action and what better way to reconnect than over some cocktails? Thanks to Patrón for letting us sample some tasty tequilas and sparking the inspiration to create the following cocktails and poptails.
I have also gotten my bar cart headed in the right direction (to perfection), so I have a few tips at the veeery bottom for stocking your own cart.
1 oz Patrón Silver
.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz pineapple juice
.25 oz simple syrup
Pinch of black pepper
Pineapple wedge for garnish
2 oz Patrón Reposado
.5 oz fresh lime juice
3 oz grapefruit soda (I like using the sparkling grapefruit water from Aldi)
Pinch of salt
Grapefruit slice for garnish
Directions: Rim glass with salt. Add all ingredients to an ice-filled highball glass and stir. Garnish with a grapefruit slice.
Patrón Piña Colada
2 oz. Patrón Reposado
2 oz. pineapple juice
1 oz. coconut milk (can not carton)
.5 oz. fresh lime juice
Directions: Add all ingredients into a shaker and fill half way with ice. Shake for 5 seconds and strain into glass (or fun gold pineapple tumbler like this one that E got after a trip to Chicago.)
Cucumber Coconut Lime Poptail
12 oz coconut water (another plug for Aldi – they have a pineapple coconut water that is duh-lish)
9 oz coconut milk
1 cucumber – peeled and seeded
1 c. pineapple chunks
3 oz lime juice
4 oz orange juice
5 oz simple syrup (recipe below)
pinch of salt
Directions: Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth, then pour into popsicle molds, place the sticks in the popsicles and freeze overnight.
In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil; simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and let cool completely.
Blackberry Apricot Basil Ice Pop
12 oz container of blackberries
4 apricots – skinned and seeded
4 basil leaves
1 c. water
1/2 c. simple syrup
Pinch of salt
Patrón Tequila (make without for a delicious pop to stock in your freezer for everyday cravings and kiddos. They’ll also freeze faster this way.)
Directions: Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth, pour into popsicle molds, place sticks in the popsicles and freeze overnight.
Thank you to Patrón for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.
Bar Cart Tips
Great post to give a couple of tips about your bar cart. What I have found over the years is you will start with things on your bar cart that look interesting and Pinteresty… but aren’t used. And guess what, there are things you WILL use that look just as nice.
Mistake #1 – buying old-school glasses that look like they can hold an ounce or two. Don’t. No one drinks an ounce drink unless it’s a shot, and they’re in college. At that point, bar carts don’t exist.
Lesson #1 – buy the tumbler. Although we don’t drink liquor on the rocks, we have so many friends who do and frankly, serving bourbon on the rocks in a copper mug is just not right.
Mistake #2 – stocking novelty and niche liquors. You generally have a good sense of what your friends drink and what you drink, so don’t stock up on odds and ends just to have a complete bar.
Lesson #2 – buy the basics. Make sure your bar cart offers gin, vodka, bourbon, rum and tequila. Tweak from there, but focus on quality over quantity.
Mistake #3 – going all willy-nilly with drink pours. Sure, you can make it stronger if you want, but try to aim for the correct ratio of booze to beverage.
Lesson #3 – have a jigger on your bar cart so you can make drinks that taste good.