Tequila

The Frozen Margarita

About The Frozen Margarita

 The Frozen Margarita is fairly identical to the Official IBA version, with the obvious exception of it now being blended. The frozen version is often more palatable due to its extremely cold temperature and method of creation. The slowly melting ice actually brings out the innate flavors of the tequila, offering a more flavorable finish. Perfect for summer weather and social gatherings, give our recipe a chance and see what you think.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Tequila

  • 1.5 oz. Triple Sec

  • 1 oz. Lime Juice

  • Dash of Simple Syrup

  • Salt (for rim of glass)

  • Lime for garnish

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating: 4.5 Stars

  • Served: Margarita

  • Strength: Medium

  • Difficulty: Simple

  • Flavor: Spirit

Method:

Add tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and simple syrup to blender with ice. Blend until smooth and pour into salt-rimmed margarita glass. Garnish with lime.

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The Cadillac Margarita

About The Cadillac Margarita

 The Cadillac Margarita is the top shelf version of the Margarita. Typically this cocktail recipe employs the use of top-shelf liqueurs such as Grand Marnier and Cointreau. The presence of these liqueurs definitely kicks the quality of the cocktail up, but both ingredients can be substituted if desired; using an orange infused brandy and triple sec respectively. Try the upscale version of the Margarita and see what you think.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Tequila

  • 1 oz. Triple Sec (or Cointreau)

  • 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

  • Float of Grand Marnier

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating: 4.5 Stars

  • Served: Margarita

  • Strength: Strong

  • Difficulty: Simple

  • Flavor: Spirit

Method:

Rim margarita glass with salt and lime. Add tequila, triple sec (or Cointreau), and lime juice to shaker with ice and shake well until chilled. Fill rimmed glass with cracked ice and strain shaker contents into glass. Float Grand Marnier or equivalent.

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The Long Island Iced Tea

About The Long Island Iced Tea

 Disclaimer: The following recipe is not the IBA Official Long Island Iced Tea. The following recipe is a custom Empire Mixology Long Island Iced Tea that has been a family hand-down recipe from our multi-generational team of bartenders and mixologists. In contrast to the “official” recipe, the Empire recipe tones down the tequila and gin, while adding more rum. Also, a splash of rye is introduced to cut the harsh flavor of the tequila and gin and create a much smoother finish. This recipe is an Empire Mixology recipe that has never left an upset customer.

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Ingredients:

• 1 oz. Vodka

• 1¼ oz. Rum

• ¾ oz. Gin

• ¾ oz. Tequila

• 1 oz. Triple Sec

• Splash of Rye Whiskey

• 4½ oz. Sour Mix

• Splash of Coca Cola

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating: 5 Stars

  • Served: On the Rocks

  • Strength: Strong

  • Difficulty: Medium

  • Flavor: Sweet

Method:

Build ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice, except for the coca cola. Gently shake a few times to chill ingredients. Pour with ice into highball or pint glass. Add splash of coke and stir gently. Add lemon wedge and cherry as garnish. The color should be pale brown, similar to iced tea. If the drink is too dark then too much coke has been added.

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The Brave Bull

About The Brave Bull

If you’re in need of a real pick-me-up, look no further than the Brave Bull. This cocktail is for those with a strong palette as the dominating tastes of tequila and Kahlúa are in full force. The Kahlúa coffee taste does lessen the overall “sting” of the tequila but does nothing to mask the flavor. This is a morning cocktail that must be enjoyed slowly.

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Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. Tequila

  • ½ oz. Kahlúa

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       3 Stars

  • Served:      On the Rocks

  • Strength:    Strong

  • Difficulty:    Simple

  • Flavor:        Strong/Coffee

Method:

Pour tequila and Kahlúa into old fashioned glass with ice. Stir gently.

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The Margarita

About The Margarita

This 1930s cocktail hails from the land of tequila itself, Mexico. A common staple of the summer season, the Margarita like the Martini, has evolved over the years and many variants have been invented since its inception. At Empire Mixology we typically do not use sour mix in our Classic Margarita recipe, although some do find the taste more enjoyable. Arguments can go all day regarding when and where it was founded exactly; whether or not salt is necessary, or if you have to use Cointreau© or not; but the important part is that we all enjoy a cool and refreshing Margarita once the warm weather days arrive.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Tequila

  • 1.5 oz. Triple Sec

  • 1 oz. Lime Juice

  • Salt (for rim of glass)

  • Lime for garnish

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4 Stars

  • Served:      Margarita

  • Strength:    Strong

  • Difficulty:    Simple

  • Flavor:        Spirit

Method:

Pour all ingredients into shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into cocktail glass rimmed with salt.

Empire Tip: The Margarita has become a base cocktail recipe in similar vein to the Martini or Daiquiri, try experimenting with our recipe and see what you can figure out!

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