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Review: MargaritaFEST 2011

…..It was the best of times, it was the worst of times (for those that don’t know their limit), it was the return of MargaritaFEST to Orlando’s downtown district known as Wall Street Plaza. Was it hot as hell? Yes, after all this is Florida in the month of August with a block party atmosphere which means you’re standing shoulder to shoulder with people. Was it unbearable? Absolutely not, in fact it was a slightly breezy and very overcast day that threatened rain but actually held off until literally minutes after the event ended. If that wasn’t a sign from up above that we were meant to drink and enjoy ourselves I don’t know what was. As advertised their were two full bars, 10-15 booths serving unlimited classic and unique margaritas, and several tequila sampling tables both public and private. Oh and did I mention munchies and some great reggae cover bands? It was definitely a night to remember, and with the help of a bottle of “Last Round” hangover remedy, I was spared a rough Sunday morning. Below are a few of the margarita recipes I liked best. Some I tweaked a bit to my own liking. Cheers!

(Photos Courtesy of Whats2hot.com)

 Pomegranate Margarita

  • 2 1/2 oz. PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Herradrra Reposado Tequila
  • 1/2 oz. Triple Sec
  • Splash Lime Juice
  • Splash Simple Syrup
Super Fruit Margarita
  • Half a (750 mL) bottle VeeV Açaí Spirit
  • 5 oz 901 Blanco tequila
  • 7 oz Fresh lime juice
  • 5 oz Simple syrup (1 part sugar, 1 part water)
Classic Milagro Margarita
  • 2 Parts Milagro Silver
  • 3/4 Parts Agave Nectar
  • 1 Part Fresh Lime Juice
…..The best thing about a margarita is they are very hard to mess up. You can make them as sweet or as strong as you like. Make them as fruity or as tart as you prefer. These were some of my favorites, feel free to experiment with the basics of a margarita (Tequila, Lime, Sugar) and add in some of your favorites and see where it takes you. Until, next time; Class dismissed.
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Wall Street Plaza Presents: Margarita Fest

…..Tequila fans are in for treat. If you live in the Central Florida area, or perhaps are in town visiting this week at one of the many attractions Orlando has to offer, be sure to come down to Wall Street Plaza where they’ll be throwing the best Margarita party in town celebrating one of their largest block parties known as MARGARITA-FEST. Bottomless Margaritas, tequila tastings, live Reggae music, and a street full of people are sure to be a recipe for fun, lasting memories (embarrassing and not), and a good time. Tickets are $20 in advance and can be purchased at WallStreetPlaza.com, or $25 at the door. In addition there will be high end tequila tastings at the private Tequila Terrace available along with some munchies for an additional $10. Not into the same old boring Margaritas? Don’t worry they’ll have you covered with “ritas” ranging from the classic rita to some strange and unique ones as well. If you haven’t heard of the legendary block parties we have here in Mickey’s town down on Wall Street, then prepare to be amazed as this will amplified by 10.

What: Margarita Fest

When: Saturday, August 6th : 4:00pm-7:00pm

Where: Wall Street Plaza
19 N Orange Ave, Orlando FL, 32801

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Summer Cool Down: Frozen Drink Recipes

…..If you’ve survived this scorching Summer thus far, kudos, but even with July finally over, it’s only going to get worse. What better way to prepare for the brutal days of August then with some great frozen drinks to help you keep your cool. Everyone knows about the popular favorites: Classic Margarita, Pina Colada, and Daiquiri, but here are a few of my favorite frozen cocktails you might not know about.

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Blue Bayou

1 1/2 oz Vodka
1/2 oz Blue Curacao
1/2 cup of Pineapples
2 oz Grapefruit Juice
1 Cup of Ice

Add all ingredients in a blender and blend to your preferred texture. Pour into a Margarita glass and Garnish with a Pineapple slice/chunk.

Hawaiian Margarita

1 1/2 oz Tequila
1/2 oz Triple Sec
2 oz Fresh or Canned Pineapples
2 oz Fresh or Frozen Strawberries
1/2 oz Sour Mix
1 Cup of Ice

Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until icy. Pour into a chilled margarita glass and garnish with a Pineapple slice.

Chi-Chi

2 oz vodka
1/2 oz blue curaçao
1/2 oz cream of coconut
1/2 cup fresh or canned pineapple
1 scoop of vanilla ice cream
1/2 Cup of ice

Add all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a chilled margarita glass and garnish with a pineapple chunk.

Hpnotiq Margarita

1 1/2 oz Silver Tequila
1 oz Hpnotiq Liqueur
1/2 oz blue curaçao
2 oz sour mix
1 oz pineapple juice
1 Cup of Ice

Add all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Rim a chilled margarita glass with sugar, and pour into the glass.

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Celebrating National Pina Colada Day

……..With Summer in full swing, there is no better way to fight off the hot and sticky days of July than to cool down with a nice cold and icy drink. In search of the perfect drink, look no further than the Pina Colada, which celebrates it’s national holiday on July 10th. For years The Pina Colada has gained popularity and notoriety all in the same thanks to cheesy songs, over exposure in restaurant bars, and just plain bad bartenders, but for the sake of the classic cocktail we’ll share the proper ways to make one, as well as some delicious spins on the original recipe.
…..Pina Colada is spanish for “Strained Pineapple”, and has a bit of a muddled history. It’s creations dates back to the 1800’s where Puerto Rican pirate Roberto Cofresí, to boost his crew’s morale gave them a beverage or cocktail that contained coconut, pineapple and white rum. This was what would be later known as the famous piña colada. With his death in 1825, the recipe for the piña colada was lost.
…..The Pina Colada is then re-introduced in Peurto Rico on August 16, 1954 at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico by its alleged creator, Ramon “Monchito” Marrero. Apparently, the hotel management had expressly requested Monchito to mix a new signature drink that would delight the demanding palates of its starstudded clientele. Monchito accepted the challenge, and after 3 intense months of blending, shaking and experimenting, the first piña colada was born. But it doesn’t stop there, also laying claim to the invention is the Barrachina Restaurant in Peurto Rico which claims in 1963 that while on a trip to South America, Mr Barrachina met a bartender who he worked with to create a drink containing pineapple juice, condensed milk, coconut creme, and ice in a blender.
…..So obviously it’s questionable history has a lot to do with its various recipes now in circulation. In addition to the various recipes claiming to be the original, there are also several variations that are purposefully different replacing specific ingredients or adding in additional ones. These variations include:

Chi Chi – Substituting the Rum with Vodka
The Miami Vice – Half of a Strawberry Daiquiri poured over a Pina Colada
The Staten Island Ferry – Coconut Rum and Pineapple Juice over ice

Today, if you go into 10 bars you will probably taste 10 different recipes, and combine that with the ability to make them at home with “ready to drink” recipes sold at your local package store (I don’t recommend these), and you’ve got a lot to choose from. Here are some of my favorite Pina Colada recipes:

Pina Colada:

  • 1 1/2 cup ice
  • 1/2 cup diced pineapple, frozen
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 2 ounces Coco Lopez coconut cream
  • 1 1/2 ounces white rum
  • 1 ounce dark rum
  • Pineapple slices
Put the ice, frozen pineapple, juice, coconut cream, and the white and dark rums into a blender. Blend until smooth and frosty. Pour the drink into 2 glasses and garnish the rim with pineapple slices.
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Banana Colada 
  • 3 ripe bananas, peeled and quartered
  • 18 ounces unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 4 ounces coconut milk
  • 3 ounces dark rum
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1/4 cup toasted coconut
Place bananas and pineapple juice in a blender and blend until smooth. Add coconut milk, rum and ice and mix until frothy. Garnish with toasted coconut.
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Strawberry Colada (Miamia Vice)
  • 2 oz Frozen Strawberries (Or Strawberry Puree)
  • 1 oz Light Rum
  • 1 oz Coconut Rum
  • 1/2 oz Coconut milk
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1/1 Cup of ice
In a blender combine all ingredients and blend until desired consistency. Pour into a chilled glass and garnish with a sliced Strawberry.
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Now if this doesn’t keep you busy this weekend than nothing will. Enjoy and remember to drink responsibly. Class Dismissed !

 

 

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Made For TV: Avion Tequila Review

  • …..In the alcohol industry there are two things that will make or break your brand. One and possibly the most obvious would be great taste and the other, excellent marketing. Superior taste often goes unnoticed without the proper marketing tools to get the word out and likewise all the marketing in the world would be pointless if you’re pushing an inferior product; Enter Avion Tequila. Possibly the most genius marketing I’ve seen out of a liquor brand in quite some time. Though it may not be available in your area (yet), chances are you recognize the bottle and name because it was a mainstay on the popular HBO series “Entourage” for several episodes. And though it’s entertaining storyline on the show was a work of fiction, it’s existence and superior taste most certainly are not. So thanks to great advertising you’re already familiar with the tequila and hopefully with a little help from myself you can get to know it better.

Tequila Avion is handcrafted using only the finest Blue Weber Agave found in the highest regions of Jalisco. Though Mark Cuban would have been more interesting, Avion is the brainchild of Ken Austin, a former VP for Seagram’s who decided he wanted to take a shot in the tequila world. I recently was able to get my hand on a bottle of the Silver and was impressed with what I originally thought may just be a designer tequila throwing around big money in advertisements to make up for credibility. Boy was I wrong, not only with the taste but in my assumption they paid for their Entourage marketing. (It was Free product placement !)

Appearance: The bottle is nothing fancy and in fact a shape many are familiar with, short stubby and round. No knock here. One thing I do like is that they use a cork stopper which use to be common but is becoming more and more scarce with companies switching over to synthetic stoppers. Something about it makes it feel more authentic.

Aroma: Sweetness and floral notes hit you right on the nose. Also fruity tones of pineapple are apparent. Nothing gets you excited to eat or drink more than a great aroma enticing you to dig in.

Taste: At the end of the day whether you’re a expert or novice in the drinking field you want to know one thing; Is it smooth? One word, Yes. Smooth, balanced, and offers a bit of a bite to it that I was only prepared for because I was warned by a friend. It has a bit if a spicy/peppery bite to it which may scare some off but would most certainly make one hell of a Bloody Mary. If you haven’t tried a Bloody Mary with a super fine blanco tequila you are missing out by the way. This one is definitely a winner in my books and though I’ve only had the silver (not for long I hope), I think I can say with confidence this brand isn’t going anywhere anytime soon except in your cup. If you’re having doubts just ask yourself, has Vinny Chase or any of the Entourage boys every let you down? I think not.

Price: $40-$60

Grade: B

Avion Sunrise

  • 1 ½ oz. Tequila Avión
  • ½ oz. Gran Marnier
  • ½ oz. White Cranberry Juice
  • ½ oz. Fresh Sour Mix
  • Splash of simple syrup

Add Ice Build all ingredients shake and strain. Served in a Martini or Rocks Glass. Garnish with a Raspberry and Mint Lea

Fresh Start Cocktail

  • 1.5 oz Tequila Avion
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • 2 lemon wedges
  • 2 Lime wedges
  • 1oz. Agave nectar

Muddle lemons and Limes in a shaker (Should be approx 1 oz of juice). Add ice and all Ingredients shake until ice cold and serve in a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a lemon Twist and Lime wedge.

Avion Bloody Mary

  • 1½ oz. Avion Silver
  • 1 dash celery salt
  • 1/2 dash ground black pepper
  • 1 dash Tabasco sauce
  • 2-4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 tsp. horseradish (pure, never creamed)
  • Dash of lemon or lime juice
  • Garnish with celery stalk

In a highball glass filled with ice fill glass with tomato juice or clamato and add ingredients.

Recipes were provided courtesy of Tequila Avion. For more information on where you can purchase their products feel free to visit their website. Be sure to try a Avion cocktail this Cinco and make it a mainstay in your bar. If you’re looking for additional Cinco De Mayo suggestions check out the Blood Orange Margarita or Clase Azul Terquila Reviews as well. Make sure to become a Fan on Facebook and keep yourselves updated. Class Dismissed.

 

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Clase Azul Tequila Review

…..With only a few days before Cinco De Mayo, I thought it only appropriate I spend the week educating you on some great tequilas and tequila recipes to try this week as well as throughout the summer. Coincidentally I just returned from a week long trip in Mexico and have Plenty of reviews for you to look forward to which brings me to this one, a sophisticated tequila good for mixing, great for sipping, and sure to have you speaking Spanish in no time.

*Warning, if you’re looking for any “Jose Cuervo” reviews from me please click the little x in the top right portion of your screen to find it”

Clase Azul is an ultra premium, 100% Weber Blue Agave Reposado Tequila. It’s produced and bottled in the Jesus Maria region of Arandas, Jalisco, MX and aged for a minimum of eight months in small oak barrels. It was one of the first and last tequilas I tasted during my trip to Mexico. Usually when I see a big fancy bottle on the shelf that’s a warning more money was put into the design of the bottle than the taste of the “rock-gut” liquor inside however this one was an exception to the rule.

Appearance: It’s look is what will draw most people in. It comes in a “Talavera” style bottle unique in its shape and beautiful in it’s design. Every bottle is a unique piece handcrafted by local Mexican artists. It’s towering ceramic bottle and unique shape bring to mind antique pieces you would find at a shop or in your grandparents house. For you thrifty folks I’d suggest re-using this bottle around the house once you finish the tequila .

Aroma: Not to be outdone by the beautiful imagery on the outside, the tequila on the inside smells equally amazing. Upon opening, you get a punch in the face of floral and sweetness. A little hint of vanilla creeps into the nose as well.

Taste:
By now you’re thinking, “Ok this thing cost 5 times as much as Jose, it comes in this huge designer bottle, and it smells AMAZING, so when will I be let down”… To put it simply, this one delivers. For tequila lovers this is like a party in your mouth and for tequila “squealers” this one will turn you into a believer. (My wife “The Novice Drinker” was quite impressed. Her exact words being ‘It’s good” and that says ALOT). Don’t worry, it will still mix just fine in your Margaritas, Palomas, and Tequila Sunrise cocktails but I HIGHLY recommend you sip this one and enjoy its flavor. They manage to bring together a fully flavored tequila with a smooth finish that will have you wanting more (I sure did).

Price: $45.99-100 (Depending on where you buy, and which style)

Grade: A- (Because I have yet to find an A+)

Paloma 2011 (Created by The Professional Drinker)
1 oz Clase Aazul Reposado Tequila
2 1/2 oz Grapefruit Juice (Fresh Squeezed Please !)
Splash of Countreu
Splash of Tonic Water

Try this one with a Collins glass. Add in tequila followed by grapefruit and then top off with your orange liqueur followed by the tonic. A refreshing take on the classic Paloma.

Cranberry Refresher
1/2 oz Clase Azul Blanco Tequila
3 oz Lemon Lime Soda
Splash of Cranberry

Add ingredients one into a rocks glass. Pour tequila followed by your soda (pop) and top off with cranberry.

Tequila Sunrise (Classic)
2 oz Clase Azul Reposado Tequila
3 1/2 oz Orange Juice
2 Splashes of Grenadine (Try making your own)

Build in a highball glass. Add in Tequila and OJ and then top with Grenadine.

Cozumel OJ
1 oz Clase Azul Reposado
1/2 oz Grand Marnier
3 oz Orange Juice
1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice

Add all ingredients into a shaker. Shake well and strain into a martini or rocks glass over ice.

Clase Azul samples were provided courtesy of just about every Mexican business owner I came in contact with. They offer a wide range of products including a delicious Pomegranate I highly recommend and a wonderful Anejo. Keep checking back throughout the week and all this summer for some excellent recipes and reviews. Remember I’m tasting these so you don’t have to ! Don’t forget to become a Fan on Facebook. Class Dismissed !

 

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Sophisticated Cinco de Mayo with Tequila Avión

…..Some Americans use Cinco de Mayo (Fifth of May) as an excuse to shoot lesser quality tequila with salt and limes to mask poor flavor. What people don’t realize is that one of Mexico’s great sources of cultural pride comes from their fine sipping tequilas, which can be enjoyed neatly like a fine scotch. This Cinco de Mayo, follow the true Mexican tradition of good taste with Tequila Avión, a smooth new tequila that won gold and double gold medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition this year. This tequila is produced with only the finest blue Weber agave found in the highest regions of Jalisco, Mexico. Higher elevation creates more stress on the plant which in turn leads to more depth and character in the tequila. To mark this occasion, raise your glass with the best tequila Mexico has to offer and celebrate by sipping on an Tequila Avión Blood Orange Margarita.

Ingredients

* 1½ oz. Tequila Avión
* ¾ oz. Cointreau Orange Liqueur
* 1 oz. Blood Orange Juice
* ½ oz. Fresh Sour Mix

Recipe and Image are courtesy of representatives for Avion Tequila. Be sure to check back with us through out the week as we will be featuring several recipes and featured brands for Cinco De Mayo. As always don’t forget to become a fan on Facebook.

 

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