Happy National Tequila Day!

So, what are you drinking today July 24? Okay, okay, you may not be “celebrating” this national holiday – but every day is tequila day for us! To commemorate the occasion, Co-founder of Laughing Glass, Carey Clahan, has a short list of some of her favorite tequilas (and why). Read on!

In the mood for tequila? Here’s are some of my favorite, easy to find bottles. (Also, here’s a hometown hint – if you just want a taste without buying a whole bottle, there are plenty of bars that will serve you “half shots” so you can try more than one tequila at a time. Word to the wise – make sure it’s a very slow night before you ask your local bartender to do this! But on the right night, with a chatty barkeep, you can taste and learn a lot!)


Maestro Dobel (Diamonte)
Reposado claro
This tequila is distilled several times so it loses its brown color. Looks like a blanco so this can be confusing – especially because it’s so smooth for sipping. I sip room temp but that’s not for everyone. The flavors evolve with each sip which equals way more depth than a blanco even though it looks like one.
Pasote
Anejo Aged in bourbon barrels (though I’ve also heard sherry barrels) gives this tequila a fruitier nose. Smooth and vanilla forward, not too peppery or citrusy. Agave, oak and a little nutty.
Fortaleza
*Side note- the “Forty” distiller has a great story if you like doing some advance research- and the distilleria does everything old school – brick ovens, stone grinders, old world wood fermentation, “no short cuts.” I’ve loved all of Fortaleza’s products since I found them around 7 years ago.
Reposado
The bartender’s bestie, the hipster go-to, awesome tequila whether you’re a beginner or expert tequila connoisseur. Sip over a big ice cube and chill. You are officially cool.
Anejo
Smell it! It’s like caramel candy! Again, agave and vanilla forward (and a wee butterscotch) which is my flavor preference against hard pepper. So smooth. It coats your tummy with warm happiness!
Clase Azul
Reposado
Get it for the future vase. Gorgeous on the bar! Some people get snotty about this one (I think because of the flashy bottle.) I definitely have a clear preference towards caramel and vanilla – maybe because I’m a woman? Or maybe too many harsh earthy chemically Cuervo shots in my youth? – whatever the case, don’t let tequila snobs fool you, nice bit of juice in here and a great souvenir from any travels in Mexico.
Don Julio 1942
Anejo
Butterscotch nose. It is a little sweet and super smooth. Very urban popular (in fact, it’s often drunk for bottle service on MTV’s Jersey Shore if you watch that terrible show that I secretly adore please don’t tell anyone). Drink it neat and naked. Loads of unfolding caramel, vanilla and spice.

And of course, our own super premium blanco tequila is absolutely perfect – I wish you all could try it! Maybe some day, but in the meantime, enjoy ours out of a bottle of LGC margaritas. Enjoy, happy #nationaltequiladay, and cheers!

The Vampire’s Kiss Margarita

Perfect for your Halloween bash – check out this simple margarita using LGC Pomegranate and black vodka. The best part? Our Eyeball Ice Cubes take this cocktail to a whole new level. Spooky!

The Frozen Mango Habanero Margarita

We are definitely sticking to a spicy theme this summer!  Just launched our 3rd flavor – the Firecracker – Ancho Chili and Pineapple Margarita (available in stores in California (and more states soon!)) But here’s another option that you can whip up at home – the Frozen Habanero Mango Margarita. Feel the burn!

New Recipe Alert!

Just in time for the 4th of July – this one’s for ‘Merica! Please try our delicious Red, Black and Blue Margarita, made with fresh blackberries and blueberries. It’s like fireworks for your brain!

New Recipe – The Epic Dad Win

This weekend, treat dad to the Epic Dad Win – a simple, 2 ingredient cocktail combining the best things about being a dad. Are you seriously thinking of getting him tech, ties, or tools? Yawn.

Get Father’s Day right with the perfect dad cocktail!

 

Great Cocktail Ideas from Nugget Markets

Sleeping bags? Check. S’mores? Check. Cocktails? You know it! Just because you’re roughing it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a nice cocktail by the campfire. These cocktail recipes are easy enough to mix at your campsite and tasty enough to make it worth the effort.

Click to read more:  Summer Cocktail Recipes

What are YOU making for your guests on Halloween?

Let’s spice it up a bit this year, shall we?

The Spicy Thai Margarita

In a cocktail shaker, add

1 finger of peeled ginger, sliced into small bits

5 small chunks of fresh lemongrass

1/2 lime

1/3 Thai red chili or jalepeno pepper

*muddle enthusiastically*

Add 5 oz Laughing Glass Original Margarita

Shake, strain over ice, garnish with Thai red chili and lemongrass stalk.

WORD TO THE WISE: Thai red chilies are my preference but they are extremely spicy, please use caution and watch those seeds!

3 Summer Recipes You Need To Make ASAP!

Summer is officially here and we feel like it’s our responsibility to keep you happy and cool in the toasty summer sunshine. We also want you to keep your cool when you plan your summer soirees! You need ideas that are as easy as they are refreshing, and that look like something to enjoy on a shaded veranda overlooking the ocean. These simple and delish recipes will help you beat the heat without ever breaking a sweat:

 

The LGC Pool Party

 

Yes, we did! We made a slushie! How fun does this look for your next party? This drink was voted Most Deserving of a Cocktail Umbrella by several distinguished sources.

Ingredients:

1 bottle original Laughing Glass Margarita

Blue Curacao

Zip lock freezer bags

 

Method:

Add half bottle of Laughing Glass to bag, add enough blue curacao for your desired color, close bag with care!, freeze at least 2 hours, repeat!

 

Margarita Soaked Watermelon

Amazing, refreshing and mouth watering! The key here is a little product we found called Little Waisted glitter sugars and cocktail salts. We have added their lime flavored cocktail salt to these watermelon slices, and we are obsessed with their other fun, sparkly products!

 

Method:

Slice melon, pour LGC original margarita onto pieces, keep chilled in fridge, dip into fancy salt or sugar, enjoy.

 

Pitcher Style Pomegranate Ginger Paloma

Make this before your guests arrive and then relax!

 

Ingredients:

1 bottle Laughing Glass Pomegranate Margarita

Fresh grapefruit juice

Ginger Liquor (optional)

Very dry ginger beer

Grapefruit and lime for garnish

 

Method:

In a pitcher filled with ice, add bottle of LGC Pomegranate margaritas, 2 cups fresh grapefruit juice, 1 cup Ginger Liquor. Stir gently, add floater of 1 cup ginger beer and fresh fruit as garnish.

Happy Holiday Cocktails

“Have yourself a Berry Little Christmas….” Stir up this light, bright drink with the tang of pomegranate and the sparkle of Champagne to add a festive fizz to your holiday bash.

The Pomegranate Sparkler 

½ chilled Dry Champagne, Prosecco, or sparkling wine,

½ chilled Laughing Glass Pomegranate Margarita,

Garnish with an orange twist.

This easy 2 ingredient sparkler, has convenience at its core, and deliciousness at heart!

mule-with-fever-tree

The “Mule” cocktail continues to be one of the most popular and exciting cocktails in America, and this simple 2 ingredient version takes convenience to a new level!

Easy Mexicali Mule 

5 oz Laughing Glass Classic Margarita,

2 oz Ginger Beer (we love Fever Tree!),

Pour over ice in a copper mug and garnish with lime.

Making it easier was the only way we could improve on this classic cocktail.  Feeling extra festive?  Add a floater of your favorite tequila for extra punch!

May your days be merry and bright, may your festivities be relaxed and fun-filled, and may all your cocktails be awesome! Cheers!

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