Pink Paloma: An Extravagant One

With the holidays approaching, it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to serve at the next one. This recipe from Paloma Rosa is an excellent choice for an informal gathering with friends. The pink adds a distinctive touch to this classic among tequila classics.

The Pink Paloma is a cocktail created in Mexico. It is made with tequila, grapefruit juice and lime juice. It is usually served with a pinch of salt and a slice of lime around the rim of the glass.

The history of this cocktail is not known exactly, although the most widely accepted is that it was created in 1860 by Javier Delgado, owner of La Capillita bar in the state of Jalisco. Javier was a great fan of syrups and mixing them, along with other flavors and tequila. In fact, this same gentleman is also linked to the creation of another well-known cocktail: the “Batanga”, which is made with Coca-Cola, tequila and lime juice.

You can find many different versions of this drink on menus throughout Mexico City, as well as in the United States, where it has become very popular over time due to its refreshing combination of flavors, especially in the states bordering Mexico, such as Texas.

Two Pink Paloma Drink made from Altos

Ingredients to Prepare the Pink Paloma Recipe

You’ll need this ingredients to make our Pink Paloma cocktail version:

  • 5 cl Tequila Olmeca Altos Plata
  • 4.5 cl Soda 3 Cent / Pink Soda
  • 1.5 cl Agave Syrup
  • 10 cl grapefruit juice
  • 2.5 cl lime juice
  • 2 cl Aperol (optional)
  • 1 pinch of salt

How to Make this Pink Paloma Drink

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add 5 cl of Olmeca Altos Plata tequila, 1.5 cl of agave syrup, 10 cl of grapefruit juice, 2.5 cl of lime juice and 2 cl of Aperol (optional).
  2. Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds (or until ingredients are well combined).
  3. Spritz the mixture with 4.5 cl of 3 Cent Soda or pink soda.
  4. Strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice cubes and sprinkle a pinch of salt on top before serving.

We recommend using a highball glass filled with ice cubes or crushed ice. This type of glass allows the citrus notes of the drink to be appreciated.

It can be garnished with a slice of lime or grapefruit, as well as sprinkled with salt on the top of the glass.

The pink paloma cocktail

Others Tequila Cocktails Similar to the Pink Paloma

If you like our Pink Paloma Cocktail, you may also enjoy other tequila-based cocktails. Here are some recipes that may be to your liking:

Olmeca Altos: 100% Agave Tequila

The Pink Paloma Recipe is a very simple cocktail, but the tequila you use can make a difference. We recommend using blanco tequila for this drink. Olmeca Altos Plata is made with 100% agave and has a clean, fresh taste that will complement the grapefruit juice and pink soda. If you don’t have blanco tequila on hand, opt for reposado tequila, both work well in this drink.

Our Best Manhattan Recipe: The Tequila Version of a Elegant One

A Manhattan cocktail is a drink made of whiskey and sweet vermouth, garnished with an orange peel. It’s named for the city in New York. It’s a drink for when you want to take your time savoring each sip, but also not feel like you’re wasting time on something that isn’t going to get you drunk fast enough.

A Manhattan cocktail is an elegant drink that can be enjoyed any time of day. It’s good for relaxing with friends or as a prelude to a more celebratory event. It has been described as America’s first classic cocktail. It is one of the most popular cocktails in the world and is considered to be one of the five basic drinks by many bartenders.

The bitters are added for their aromatic properties, but they also add some complexity to the drink (especially if you use a single-barrel whiskey). They should be stirred into your cocktail gently by hand so as not to bruise them too much before they impart their flavor on your drink.

The ingredients for a manhattan cocktail

Ingredients to Make the Manhattan Drink

The Manhattan Cocktail ingredients are only three:

  • 2 parts Altos Tequila Añejo
  • 1 part of red vermouth
  • 2 dashes of smoked or grapefruit bitters

Maraschino cherries are also an optional ingredient in this classic cocktail—if you don’t like them or don’t have any around then skip them! You won’t miss much from leaving them out of this classic recipe because they’re only there for decoration anyway (and maybe just a little extra sweetness).

How to Prepare the Manhattan Recipe

The Manhattan cocktail is a classic cocktail that is perfect for any occasion. It’s easy to make, but the rich flavor will make you feel like you’re drinking something special.

To prepare, stir over ice in a chilled cocktail or coupette glass. Strain into the glass and garnish with an orange twist.

The bitters add depth to the overall flavor profile of this beverage which makes it more complex and enjoyable when compared against other cocktails made without bitters included within their recipe instructions.

Manhattan cocktail

Our Altos Manhattan Cocktail Version

When we set out to create our own version of this classic drink, we knew it had to be sophisticated. We also knew it had to be fun—because our customers are sophisticated, but they’re also having fun.

So we brought both of those ideas together with a twist: our Manhattan cocktail is made with 100% organic agave nectar. It’s so smooth that you’ll feel like you’re sipping on the best high-class cocktail in the world… even if you’re just drinking it at home!

Youtube video of manhattan recipe

The Story of the Manhattan Cocktail

The Manhattan is a cocktail that was first concocted in the 1870s, and has since become one of the most popular and widely consumed cocktails in the world.

The story of how this classic cocktail came to be is a bit murky. It’s believed that the first mention of it was made in 1882 by The Democrat newspaper, which spoke of a fashionable cocktail made with whiskey, vermouth, and bitters known by names such as “Turf Club,” “Jockey Club,” and “Manhattan.” Another article from 1945 stated that it had already appeared in a bar guide from 1860.

However, according to Robert Vermeire’s book “The Art of the Bar”, this story can’t be true because Lady Churchill wasn’t even present at that party—she wasn’t even married to Randolph Churchill yet! Instead, Vermeire claims that Jenny Jerome (mother of Winston Churchill) invented the drink while celebrating her husband’s election victory for Governor of New York at The Manhattan Club in 1874.

Others Variations of the Manhattan Cocktail

The Manhattan cocktail is a classic cocktail made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters. It’s one of the most popular drinks in the world, and it’s been around since the 1800s.

But while it might seem simple, there are actually a lot of different ways you can make this drink your own by playing around with the ratios of ingredients, or adding different spices or flavorings. Here are some other variations you can try:

  1. The Standard Manhattan: This is just a manhattan made with rye whiskey instead of bourbon, and dry vermouth instead of sweet vermouth. The spice from the rye will give it an extra kick.
  2. The Perfect Manhattan: This variation uses equal parts bourbon or rye whiskey and sweet vermouth, along with two dashes of Angostura bitters—and no garnish! It’s a little easier to make than other versions because you don’t have to muddle anything (that means there’s no need to crush herbs), which makes it perfect for beginners or anyone who doesn’t want to deal with shaking up all that ice and stirring so much liquid together at once—just pour everything into your glass and stir vigorously until chilled through!
  3. Manhattan Sazerac: A Manhattan made with Cognac instead of rye whiskey, then topped off with peychaud’s bitters and absinthe.

Enjoy Others Tequila Cocktails by Olmeca Altos

We have a lot of tequila drinks, but there aren’t too much fancy tequila cocktail like this Manhattan Drink. Anyway, Altos has prepared a list with our most famous and elegant drinks. Enjoy it!

Premium Tequila to Prepare This Manhattan Drink

If you’re looking for the best tequila to prepare the manhattan cocktail, look no further than Olmeca Altos. This tequila is produced in Jalisco, Mexico and has a smooth taste that complements the sweetness of the vermouth. Tequila has become increasingly popular in the last decade. It is made from the agave plant, and its origin can be traced back to Mexico.

Champagne Margarita Recipe: Best Tequila and Champagne Cocktail

Champagne margaritas take a bubbly twist on the Margarita by introducing champagne to the recipe. The result is a delicious cocktail with warm notes and a lively kick at the end. Who knew champagne could be a great margarita ingredient?

Like most Margarita recipes, this recipe is easy and fun to make. Slightly fizzy and super delicious, these champagne margaritas are perfect for special occasions or just because it’s the weekend. Let’s see how to get one done!

Ingredients to Prepare the Champagne Margarita Cocktail

Margaritas are one of the simplest cocktails to make, and this recipe is no exception. Here’s what you will need to prepare this Sparkling Margarita Recipe:

  • 15ml Reposado Tequila
  • 15ml Orange liqueur
  • 25ml Fresh lime juice
  • 25ml Agave syrup
  • 100ml Champagne or sparkling wine of your choice
  • Optional: Salt for rimming the glasses

30ml = 1oz

Tip: No orange liqueur? Feel free to use fresh orange juice. You can also use any sweetener you have, including simple syrup, honey and cane syrup.

sparkling margarita with champagne

How to Make the Altos Champagne Margarita Drink

This champagne drink is an extra easy-to-make one, which can be done in just a few minutes. Here’s all the steps you need to follow:

  1. Pour the tequila, orange liqueur, agave syrup and lime juice into a cocktail shaker with some ice.
  2. Shake thoroughly for about 30 seconds to mix and chill.
  3. Strain into Margarita glass or glass of choice.
  4. Top with your favorite champagne or sparkling wine.
  5. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!

Elevate the Champagne with Lime and Salt

A salt rim is a beautiful addition to your Champagne Margarita. Besides making your drink attractive, the salt mellows the sweetness and sour of the ingredients for an exceptionally smooth drinking experience.

And not just salt, you can also use sugar, chili, or lime zest whatever your taste buds crave!

To rim your glass, you need to:

  1. Add salt, sugar or Margarita mix to a shallow bowl or plate.
  2. Wet the rim of each glass with a lime wedge.
  3. Dip the glass in the salt at an angle, making sure only to coat the outer edge.
  4. Shake off any excess.

lime and salt for the champagne

Our Own Altos Champagne Margarita Recipe

Our Altos Champagne Margarita cocktail is perfect for anyone looking for a smooth drinking experience. The refreshing drink features Altos Tequila Reposado, a premium tequila made with 100% blue agave grown in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico.

Our recipe also includes sage-infused agave syrup, lime juice, pear puree and champagne. We love the sage-infused agave syrup for its rich herbal sweetness and flavor. It’s a sensational cocktail ideal for fall or any time you feel like having a good time.

We have Dré Masso to thank for this incredible flavor fusion. Dré got the inspiration after spending six months learning from Julio Bermejo the genius behind Tommy’s Margarita. What better way to show love and respect to his mentor? The creation was also his way of celebrating the 10th anniversary of Altos Tequila, which he took part in creating.

Ingredients

It’s never a dull moment with a Champagne Margarita. Here’s what you will need to make our sparkling margarita:

  • 1 Part (30ml) Altos Reposado, 100% agave
  • 2⁄3 Parts (20ml) Lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2⁄3 Parts (20ml) Infused agave syrup
  • 2⁄3 Parts (20ml) Pear puree
  • 1 Part (30ml) Champagne to top

Directions

Stressing over what to serve your guests? Below you have the steps to make the best Champagne Margarita recipe:

  1. Add the tequila, lime juice, agave syrup and pear puree to a cocktail shaker
  2. Shake well until the outside feels cold.
  3. Fine strain into chilled coupette glass.
  4. Top up with chilled champagne.
  5. Garnish with a fresh sage leaf or garnish of choice to brighten the drink.

Other Versions of Champagne Margarita

Whether you like your Margarita fruity or fancy, every recipe is possible with Altos. Below are recipes you’ll find interesting:

Strawberry Champagne Margarita Recipe

Strawberries are one of the most widely consumed fruits for a reason. They are sweet, juicy, and an excellent source of nutrients. Include them as an ingredient in your champagne margaritas recipe to add a nice and light sweetness.

Ingredients

  • 60ml Tequila
  • 60ml freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 60ml orange liqueur
  • 8-10 fresh strawberries, sliced and hulled
  • 2 splashes champagne or sparkling wine of choice
  • Salt for the rim (optional)

Directions

  1. Muddle the strawberries in a large glass or cocktail shaker
  2. Add the lime juice, then stir in the tequila and orange liqueur
  3. Add some ice into the prepared glass
  4. Strain into the glass and top with champagne
  5. If you want to get fancy, garnish with strawberries or lime slices

Tip: use frozen strawberries to make a Frozen Strawberry Champagne Margarita cocktail.

pink champagne margarita

 

Pink Champagne Margarita Recipe

Pink Champagne Margarita is so cute and fancy. The cocktail is perfect for bridal showers, brunch and Valentine’s Day. As its own name indicates, all you need to do is include pink champagne to the equation. 

Ingredients

  • 60ml Tequila
  • 60ml Lime juice
  • 60ml Orange liqueur
  • 2 Splashes of pink champagne
  • Simple syrup or any sweetener of choice

Directions

  1. Combine the tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice and simple syrup in a glass and stir.
  2. Toss in some ice and top with pink champagne.

How Do I Make Simple Syrup?

  1. Combine equal parts of sugar and water in a saucepan and bring the mix to boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer until all the sugar dissolves.
  3. Allow the syrup to cool

Store simple syrup in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

Discover Our Premium Tequila

Olmeca Altos is a premium 100% agave tequila produced from the Altos highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. The agave grows at 2,100 meters above sea level, ensuring a sweet tequila perfect for cocktail making. 

Once harvested, the agave is cooked in brick ovens for three days until they are juicy and tender for milling. After this, the agave is crushed using the 400-year-old Tahona stone method to achieve a smooth yet pleasant cooked agave flavor and aroma. 

Then, the agave fiber and liquid are fermented with our proprietary yeast. This fermented juice is then distilled in copper stills in small batches, ensuring the highest quality after the whole process.

Smooth, clean and slightly smoky, Altos Reposado is our most awarded tequila. And, on this occasion, is our choice for this champagne and tequila cocktail. Give yourself a treat and celebrate life with a Champagne Margarita!

Sparkling Paloma: 3 Cents Grapefruit Soda

Paloma is one of the most famous tequila cocktails, and it’s easy to see why. It’s sweet, tart and refreshing—a perfect way to cool off on a hot day.

But what if you want that same flavor profile in an even more refreshing drink? What if you want your paloma to be effervescent?

Well now you can! With this Sparkling Paloma recipe, we’ve taken the classic paloma and turned it into something new: a sparkling cocktail with the same flavor as its non-sparkling counterpart. The secret ingredient is grapefruit soda and we’ll recommend a set of ideal sodas.

Soda to make a tequila and grapefruit soda cocktail

Ingredients to Prepare the Sparkling Paloma

You will only need:

  • 60 ml / 2 parts Altos Plata or Reposado
  • 15 ml 1/2 part agave mix / agave honey
  • 15 ml / 1/2 part Lemon or lime juice
  • 3 Cents Pink Grapefruit Soda
  • Pinch of Salt

Although, as we will see later on, you can opt for other varieties of soda according to your own taste or ease of finding them.

How to Make this Sparkling Tequila Grapefruit Cocktail

To make a foamy dove you will have to follow four really simple steps:

  1. Pour the ingredients into a tall glass.
  2. Stir to dissolve the agave mixture.
  3. Add ice and top with soda.
  4. Rim the glass with salt.

The result should look like the following image, but if you want to go a step further, you can decorate the drink with slices of lime or even grapefruit.

sparkling paloma recipe

Other Sodas to Use in the Mix of Tequila and Grapefruit Sparkling Water

The crucial ingredient in this Sparkling Paloma cocktail is grapefruit soda, which is not a very common drink. So, here are all the sodas we recommend to make your Paloma look great:

  • Franklin & Sons
  • Izze
  • Velvet Soda
  • Owen’s
  • Gazosa
  • Fentimans
  • Joia
  • Thomas Henry
  • Q
  • Bundaberg
  • Spindrift
  • Hansen’s
  • Sanpellegrino

You can also use Fever-tree to make this Sparkling Paloma, but make sure to choose the pink grapefruit version.

All kind of grapefruit sodas to prepare this sparkling paloma

Olmeca Altos Plata or Reposado

Tequila Altos Silver or Reposado is the perfect choice for this cocktail. The Altos silver tequila is a 100% agave tequila, and the reposado is a tequila that has been aged in wood for at least 12 months. Both tequilas are smooth and delicious, so you’re sure to love trying them in this Sparkling Paloma.

Christmas Margarita: Our Snowstorm Margarita

No Christmas party is complete without a well-stocked bar, and with so many Christmas tequila cocktails to select from, you can be spoiled for choice. The White Christmas Margarita is a lovely, festive cocktail that is guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit!

This festive Christmas Margarita recipe is an instant crowd-pleaser, and it’s easy to see why. White cranberry juice adds a semi-sweet, fruity note, while coconut milk provides a rich, creamy texture that beautifully complements the tropical flavor of lime. The cinnamon sugar rim and the rosemary, cranberry, and lime garnishes add to the festive appeal and taste.

The holidays never tasted so good! Craft this White Christmas Margarita drink for two or a crowd to add a touch of the tropics to your winter cocktail.

Our tequila christmas drink

Ingredients of the Christmas Margarita

This easy Christmas Margarita incorporates a touch of seasonal flair against a soothing tropical backdrop.

Here’s what you’ll need to craft a Christmas Margarita:

  • 1 1/2 ounces Blanco tequila, 100% agave
  • 1/2 ounce orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce coconut milk
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce white cranberry juice

1 oz = 30 ml

Garnish extras

  • Lime wedges
  • Cranberries
  • Rosemary sprig
  • Cinnamon sugar, for rimming

White Christmas Margarita Ingredients

  • Tequila: Blanco (silver) tequila is ideal for margaritas and even better for a white beverage like this.
  • Orange liqueur: Adds a tropical touch to the drink.
  • Coconut milk: Offers extra creaminess that beautifully complements the tropical flavor of lime.
  • Lime juice: A must-have for any Margarita! It also cuts through the coconut’s creaminess.
  • White cranberry juice: It lightens the tequila and gives the drink a fruity punch.

christmas margarita cranberry

How to Make a this Tequila Christmas Drink

Making this Christmas Cranberry Margarita is a breeze. In just 5 minutes, you’ll have a merry cocktail to create unforgettable memories. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Prepare: Measure out the tequila and other ingredients. In a small bowl, combine ground cinnamon and white sugar.
  2. Get the glasses ready: Brush the rims of the glasses with a lime wedge, then dip them in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  3. Shake: Pour the tequila, orange liqueur, coconut milk, lime juice, and white cranberry juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously.
  4. Serve: Strain into an ice-filled, pre-chilled cocktail glass. For a festive touch, garnish with a lime wedge, cranberries, and a rosemary sprig.

How to rim The Glass of the Christmas Margarita Cocktail

Now comes the fun part: decorating the Christmas Margarita glasses!

Here’s how to make a cinnamon sugar rim:

  1. Mix 1 part ground cinnamon and 3 parts white sugar until the color is even.
  2. Make a notch in the middle of a lime wedge. Then, roll it over the rim of the glass to moisten it.
  3. Spread the cinnamon-sugar mix out evenly on a plate. Tilt the glass into the mix so that it sticks to the outside edge. Shake off any excess.

Tip: If you’re unsure about the cinnamon sugar rim, you can always rim your glass halfway and enjoy both the rimmed and clean glass edge.

Two snowstorm margarita made with coconut milk

Tips for Making The Best Christmas Margarita Recipe

Do you want to prepare an irresistible cocktail? Follow these tips if you want to make the best Christmas Margarita drink:

  • Because coconut milk is a popular substitute for dairy milk, you can find it in most grocery stores’ dairy areas. In this cocktail, vanilla-flavored coconut milk is incredibly wonderful.
  • You can use canned coconut milk for a richer flavor. Because it separates in the can, be sure to shake it well before opening.
  • To prepare cinnamon sugar, mix 1 part ground cinnamon and 3 parts white sugar.
    This Christmas Margarita pairs beautifully with a premium triple sec, such as Cointreau, or a brandy-based orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier.
  • Fresh cranberries are best, but frozen ones can work just as well. When you find the berries fresh, flash freeze them before transferring them to a plastic freezer bag and freezing them for later use.
  • Garnish with red cranberries and a rosemary sprig to mimic mistletoe on top of the cocktail.
  • Want to have the most beautiful look for this Christmas Margarita? Step it up with clear ice. Clear ice is artisan-style ice that’s crystal clear, unlike regular ice that’s cloudy.

Christmas margarita cocktail

Variations of the Snowstorm Margarita

Here are some changes that you can make to the original recipe if you want to customize it:

  • Blend it: For a fun twist, blend it with some crushed ice for a Frozen Christmas Margarita!
  • Substitute Blanco tequila with Reposado tequila: If you prefer complex, oaky notes, try using a slightly aged Reposado.
  • Add a sweetener: If you like your cocktails a little sweeter, you can add a dash of simple syrup, agave or honey to the mix.
  • Play around with the looks: Sprinkle some coconut shavings for an extra hint of coconut. You can also swap the sprigs of rosemary for a slice of lime if you’re worried about the rosemary affecting your Christmas Margarita’s flavor.
  • Use other juices: You can also make this Christmas Margarita with white grape juice, kiwi juice, or even aloe vera or cucumber juice.

A Premium Tequila For Your Christmas Tequila Cocktail

When it comes to crafting the best Christmas Margarita recipe, you’ll want a smooth, subtle, 100% Blue Weber Agave tequila. Just like Olmeca Altos, that adds a kick without overpowering your drink.

Altos Blanco tequila is a premium unaged 100% agave tequila that highlights distilled agave’s pure expression, as well as delightful herbal aromas with citrus overtones. Try a bottle of Altos Reposado for a Christmas Margarita with a bit of oak and vanilla flavors.

Cranberry Margarita: A Holiday Tequila Cocktail

Celebrating Christmas or another holiday? This easy Cranberry Margarita recipe is bursting with fall flavors. The tartness of the cranberries compliments the tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice to create an exceptionally festive cocktail fit for any holiday event.

Cranberry margaritas are refreshing in the heat, but the cranberry also serves as a reminder that winter is just around the corner. And that the hot weather will soon be over. We love this recipe Cranberry Margarita since it’s simple to prepare and all of the ingredients are readily available.

It’s happy hour somewhere, so let’s whip up some Cranberry Margaritas!

Cranberry Margarita cocktail

Ingredients to Prepare this Tequila Cranberry Cocktail

Add some tart cranberries to your usual Margarita for a refreshing twist. All you need is fresh fruit and a little lime juice!

These are the Cranberry Margarita ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups 100% cranberry juice
  • ¾ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¾ cup tequila
  • ½ cup orange-flavored liqueur, such as Cointreau or Triple Sec
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh cranberries and lime wedges
  • Salt or sugar for rimming

How to Make a Cranberry Margarita

You have two options to make this fresh Cranberry Margarita: stir the ingredients until thoroughly mixed, or shake with ice until fully chilled. Both options are simple and will take you no more than five minutes to make.

  1. In a glass, add the tequila, orange liqueur, cranberry juice, and lime juice and stir well.
  2. Serve over ice in the prepared glasses.
  3. Garnish with fresh cranberries and lime wedges, if desired.
  4. Time to drink!

Alternatively, combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake for 30 seconds to blend and chill the cocktail. Garnish and serve over ice in sugar/salt-rimmed glasses.

cranberrys to make a tequila cocktail

Garnish this Cranberry Tequila Drink

A gorgeous garnish not only improves the look of your cocktail but can also improve the flavor.

To make this Margarita stand out, rim the glass with sea salt or your favorite Margarita salt and garnish with fresh cranberries and a sprig of rosemary for a delightful winter wonderland vibe.

One look at this gorgeous red cocktail dressed up with a skewered cranberry swizzle stick, and you’ll fall in love!

What´s The Best Tequila For Cranberry Margaritas?

These margaritas go well with any tequila. You can choose between Blanco and Reposado.

Blanco tequila, often known as silver tequila, is a young, unaged agave spirit with a distinctive agave flavor.

On the other hand, Reposado tequila is matured in oak barrels for a short time (2-12 months), producing a more complex flavor with rich oak and vanilla notes.

cranberry alcoholic drink

What Kind of Cranberry Juice Should I Choose?

We recommend using 100% cranberry juice for the best Cranberry Margarita recipe.

100% cranberry juice is readily available, and its vibrant color makes it an excellent choice for this recipe Cranberry Margarita. Plus, you can adjust the sweetness to your liking!

Another alternative is sweetened cranberry juice, but you need to bear in mind that at times it is sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup.

Other Christmas Tequila Cocktails

The holidays are here, so it’s time to raise a glass and celebrate with tequila cocktails. Whether you’re hosting a macro party or just having a cozy night with family and friends, we’ve got you covered with our holiday recipes.

Christmas Margarita

A classic cocktail with cranberries and orange liqueur, this is one of the most Christmas-like cocktails possible. It adopts its most characteristic name possible.

Champagne Margarita

The most elegant version of the Margarita, the mixture of champagne and tequila is ideal for toasting and celebrating the new year to come. In this case, we will use a reposado tequila, which adapts better to the taste of champagne than any other type.

Manhattan Tequila Version

The Manhattan is one of the most famous cocktails in the world. It is originally prepared with whiskey, but we have prepared our own Altos version with aged tequila.

Enjoy Your Cranberry Margarita Cocktail With Altos

In the Mexican state of Jalisco, volcanic soil nurtures the blue agave plants that yield Olmeca Altos –the top rated tequila for margaritas by bartenders worldwide. The high mountain location gives the ideal blend of sunlight, soil, and moisture for cultivating the highest-quality Weber Blue Agave nature has to offer.

Try our 100% Agave Olmeca Altos tequila in this Cranberry Margarita recipe, and you’ll get a delicious Margarita every time!

Best Margarita Flavors: Our Top 10

The margarita has become one of the most popular cocktails in the world, and because of this, an infinite number of different versions have been created with a wide variety of different margarita flavors.

Originally it was made with tequila, triple sec, lime juice and orange liqueur, but since the traditional recipe was created, we find from frozen versions to fruity Margaritas.

They are often served at parties and gatherings because they are easy to prepare in large quantities (and everyone loves them!). And that’s why Altos is going to teach you how to make 10 of the best margarita flavors. So you can be the best host possible.

Some of the best margarita flavors

The Best Flavored Margarita Recipe

Altos Margarita

When it comes to margaritas, there’s no better place to start than with Altos Plata. Here’s our recipe for it, so you can make it at home.
In this case, we add a touch more sweetness and use lime juice instead of lemon juice. Visit the recipe and learn how to prepare it in just minutes.

Classic Margarita

The original margarita is made with tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice. This is the simplest and most widely available recipe for a margarita, but it’s also one of the best. If you want to make a margarita at home, this is the recipe you should start with.

Frozen Margarita

A total twist on this cocktail is to prepare its frozen version. The recipe is similar to the one we prepare in its normal version, with the usual ingredients, but liquefied with a good handful of ice.

Tommy’s Margaritas Mix

The Tommy’s Margarita is one of the most famous margarita flavor variations. While most margaritas use triple sec in place of agave syrup, Tommy’s Margarita uses the latter to create a truly special flavor that is unlike any other. This makes Tommy’s Margarita one of the most popular margarita flavor.

Cadillac Margarita Recipe

For this cocktail we will use Tequila Reposado and not Tequila Blanco. In addition, if we add the orange liqueur and Grand Marnier we get a unique flavor profile and a powerful yellow color that enters through the eye, and through the taste buds once you taste it.

top margarita flavors

Ginger Margarita

A spicy and strong drink, not suitable for all tastes, but that certainly will not leave you indifferent. It does not reach the spicy level of the next cocktail, but it certainly offers one of the most distinctive margarita flavors. On this occasion, we recommend you try it before preparing margaritas for a party, because as we said, either you love it or you won’t want to know anything else about it.

Spicy Margarita

The most Mexican version of a more than Mexican cocktail, this is one of our top margarita flavor. To get the spiciness in this drink we use no more and no less than 2 slices of jalapeños. If you are brave, you can add more, but we advise you not to overdo it.

Champagne Margarita

Once again we use tequila reposado to prepare one of the most luxurious Margaritas. The mixture of tequila and champagne may not seem intuitive at first, but we assure you that you will hardly miss the mark with your guests. Besides, the agave syrup and orange liqueur give it an ideal sweetness and citric flavor.

Christmas Margarita

Are you ready to celebrate Christmas?

If your answer is “yes”, then we suggest you not to miss the date with Margaritas with one of the most festive versions. With a mixture of coconut milk, orange liqueur, lime juice and, obviously, tequila, in this case blanco, you will obtain a Margarita cocktail that will make you wish to live in a perpetual Christmas.

Chilli Margarita

If the spicy version of the Margarita did not leave you indifferent, we bring you another spicy version a little more elaborate. This time, what we will do is to infuse the tequila itself with chili peppers. You will have to prepare it with time, but the result is impressive.

popular margarita flavors

Use Olmeca Tequila for Any Margarita Flavor

There are so many flavors of margarita that it would be difficult to choose just one. Whether you prefer the classic or you’re in the mood for something sweeter, there’s a margarita waiting for you out there. But whatever flavor you choose, you can’t go wrong if you use Olmeca Altos tequila.

As we’ve seen, we have opted for drinks that use both blanco and reposado tequila—as well as cocktails with aged tequila—but we will see those another time. For now, just enjoy the Mexican drink par excellence: the Margarita!

Mezcal vs Tequila: More Similarities than Differences

It is common knowledge that tequila is a type of mezcal, but there are many people who do not know what the difference is between the two. There are a lot of misconceptions about tequila and mezcal, so we wanted to clear up some of the confusion.

Tequila is a distilled spirit made from blue agave. It’s typically made in Jalisco, Mexico, but can also be produced in other areas of the country. Tequila must be produced in Mexico to be considered authentic.

Mezcal is a distilled spirit made from agave plants that are grown primarily in Oaxaca, Mexico. In order to be labeled “mezcal,” the spirit must be produced by traditional methods and ingredients—meaning it can’t be flavored or aged in barrels.

When you’re deciding between tequila and mezcal, it can seem like they’re two sides of the same coin. They’re both made from agave plants, after all! The truth is, though, that these two spirits are distinctively different—and each has its own unique flavor profile.

 

Mezcal and tequila have many differences

Differences Between Mezcal and Tequila: The Denomination of Origin (DO)

Tequila and mezcal are both made from agave plants, but they’re often confused with each other. What’s the difference?

The Exclusivity of Tequila

The appellation of origin for tequila is very specific: it can only be made in specific regions of Mexico (the state of Jalisco, the state of Guanajuato, the state of Michoacán or the state of Tamaulipas). The denomination of origin for mezcal is also specific—it can only be made in certain regions of Mexico that make up Oaxaca.

Process Making of Tequila vs Mezcal

The process for making tequila and mezcal are also similar: they start with a base agave plant that has been roasted and crushed into pulp. From there, they ferment and distill the pulp just as they would with any other distilled liquor. The main difference between them comes from how long they age; tequila must age at least two months before it can be bottled or sold, whereas mezcal does not have such a requirement.

If you’re looking for an alcoholic beverage that’s going to make you feel like a real Mexican, then tequila or mezcal is probably your best bet.Process to make tequila and mezcal

The Difference Between Tequila and Mezcal is All in the Agave

Tequila and mezcal are both made from agave plants. Tequila is produced from the blue agave plant, and mezcal comes from other types of agave. The difference between them depends on how the plants are grown, harvested, and distilled. Here are some things to know about each.

Blue Agave Plant and Others Variations of Agave

Tequila is made from the blue agave plant (called Agave tequilana). It’s native to Mexico and has been cultivated there for hundreds of years. To make tequila, you need an agave that is at least 10 years old, although older plants will produce better-tasting tequila. The agaves are harvested during their fifth year by hand when they’re ready to flower. After harvesting, they’re cooked with steam until their sugars convert into fermentable sugar alcohols. This process produces a distillate called must, which contains more than 60% alcohol by volume. Once it’s distilled, it tastes like liquid gold! The distillate then undergoes double distillation in copper stills before being aged in oak barrels for at least two months so that the flavor can develop fully.

Mezcal is made from many different varieties of agave plants including Espadin (also known as wild agave), Cupreata (or maguey), Arroqueno (also known as silver leafed), Madrecuixe de San Luis Potosi (or variegated) and Tobala (also known as wild). Mezcal is traditionally produced in clay pots over an open fire instead of being distilled over steam heat like tequila.

mezcal vs tequila taste

Flavor Differences Between Tequila and Mezcal

Tequila is made from blue agave, which is grown in Mexico. It’s typically distilled twice in copper pots at low temperatures. Tequila can be either blanco, or silver tequila—meaning it hasn’t been aged at all—or reposado or añejo, which have been aged for less than a year and a year respectively. The taste of tequila is clean and crisp, with notes of pepper and citrus.

Mezcal is made from different varieties of agave than tequila, such as espadín or arroqueno. Mezcal can be either clear (white) or dark (amber) depending on how long it has been aged in oak barrels. Like tequila, mezcal can be either blanco or reposado; however, it’s typically not aged for as long as tequila because of its stronger flavor profile and higher proof (up to 55%). The taste of mezcal is smoky with notes of caramelized fruit, papaya and leathery earthiness that lingers on the tongue after drinking.

agave to make the tequila and mezcal

The Famous Mezcal and Tequila Worms

If you’ve ever tried tequila or mezcal, chances are you’ve seen a worm in the bottle. While this may sound alarming, don’t worry—it’s not actually a worm but rather a type of caterpillar called Hypopta agavis that lives inside maguey plants. The larvae feed on the juices of these plants as they develop and then eventually emerge as an adult moth that lays eggs in other maguey plants, thus continuing the cycle.

While there’s no actual worm in tequila (a distilled spirit made from blue agave), some types of mezcal do include one as part of their production process. The reason behind this is simple: they help break down the sugars in plant matter used to make mezcal into an alcohol-rich liquid that can then be distilled and bottled as a spirit!

Mezcal con un

Different Tequila Cocktails

Tequila is a versatile alcoholic beverage that can be used to make all kinds of different cocktails. There are some very famous ones, like the Margarita or the Paloma, but there are also other recipes that are just as good and deserve your attention.

The Classic Margarita: The classic among classics, this cocktail is one you absolutely have to try at least once.

Paloma recipe: Another emblematic drink and, above all, another unmissable cocktail.

Tequila Sunset: The ideal combination of grapefruit and tequila. Also one of the most eye-catching cocktails along with Tequila Sunrise.

Cactus Cooler Cocktail: A different cocktail not to be missed, an absolute recommendation for tequila lovers.

Olmeca Altos Tequila vs Mezcal

Olmeca Altos Tequila is a premium, 100% blue agave tequila made from the espadin agave. It is aged for at least two years in American white oak barrels and bottled at 80 proof (40% ABV). Olmeca Altos has a smooth taste and a sweet finish, with notes of honey and vanilla.

The taste of tequila and mezcal are very different. Tequila is often described as having a “spicy” flavor, while mezcal has a smoky flavor.

Olmeca Altos Tequila is an example of a tequila that has more of an earthy, smoky finish. It is made with 100% agave and aged in oak barrels. The result is a smooth, complex taste that pairs well with fruit juices or cocktails like margaritas.

Mezcal, on the other hand, is made from different types of agave plants and can be blended with other ingredients such as pine nuts and wild herbs to create unique flavors. Mezcal has been consumed for over 400 years in Mexico and is still popular today because it has been proven to have health benefits such as lowering cholesterol levels.

History of Margarita: Who Invented it?

The Margarita is one of the most popular cocktails in the world, and it’s easy to see why. The combination of the Classic Margarita with tequila, lime juice and triple sec results in a drink with many nuances.

The Margarita is a cocktail that has evolved over the years and today can be found in various forms. There are the frozen margaritas, a whole variety of Margaritas that are made with different fruits, such as the Strawberry Margarita or the Pineapple Margarita, or even our Altos Margarita version. The drink originated in Mexico, but has spread all over the world, resulting in a growing number of variations.

Who invented the Margarita?

The Margarita cocktail is a classic margarita recipe that has been around since the early 20th century. The exact date and inventor are still the subject of debate, but there is one theory that has more strength than the rest:

The most widespread and famous Margarita story is the one that says the drink comes from Jalisco, Mexico, and that its creator is Carlos “Danny” Herrera. The drink was born out of an experiment done for actress Marjorie King, who was allergic to a number of ingredients except tequila. So, Carlos proposed her to drink a cocktail with tequila, Cointreau and fresh lime.

the original margarita recipe history

Other Origins of the Margarita Drink

However, another version of where the Margarita was invented tells us that it originated in the Cantina Hussong in the city of Ensenada, also in Mexico, and that it was created in 1941.

Carlos Orozco was experimenting with a new creation when suddenly Margarita Henkel, the daughter of the German ambassador to Mexico, entered the cantina. In honor of her name, he named this drink with the already more than famous name of Margarita.

More Origins of the Margarita

However, this is not all, because there are many more versions about the origin of the Margarita:

  • It originated in El Paso, Juarez, where on July 4, 1942 Francisco Morales mixed it for the first time. It is supposed that a woman asked him if he could prepare her a drink he had never heard of and, pretending to know her, he improvised what today is the Margarita.
  • Another history of the Margarita tells us that it was first made by Danny Negrete, the manager of the Garci-Crespo Hotel. He created the drink for his girlfriend, who loved salt, so he prepared a cocktail to complement it.

The margarita that it's originary from Jalisco

Olmeca Altos to Honor the History of the Margarita Cocktail

Whatever the case may be, the Margarita has become one of the most popular drinks on earth. And this is especially true in Mexico, where it is considered an icon of national pride and heritage.

In order to honor this historic drink and its place in Mexican culture, we have created Olmeca Altos Plata Tequila—a premium quality tequila made from 100% blue agave grown in Jalisco state (the heartland of tequila production). And not only that: we have also created Altos Margarita—a unique version of this cocktail.

Chili Margarita: a Hot Combination

With its fiery kick, this Chilli Lime Margarita is positively addicting. It’s almost as though the warmth produced by the chilli-infused tequila helps the tequila’s tingle remain a bit longer, which is a very delightful sensation.

In this recipe, the piquancy of chilli enhances the earthiness of the tequila’s agave, offering a welcomed contrast to the citrusy sweetness of the orange liqueur. This results in a burst of flavor with each sip that is familiar and exciting, all at once.

Serve these Chilli Margaritas during Cinco de Mayo, a barbeque with friends, or whenever you need a dose of smoky heat.

Ingredients to Make the Chilli Margarita Recipe

Here are the ingredients you’ll need in this Chilli Margarita recipe:

  • 1 ½ oz Blanco/silver tequila
  • 1 oz Triple Sec (Cointreau or Grand Marnier)
  • Juice from ½ lime plus lime wedges/wheels for the garnish
  • ¾ oz agave (or sweetener of choice)
  • 3 serrano and 2 Fresno chilli peppers, sliced in half lengthwise
  • Ice
  • Chilli salt: 4 tsp salt, ½ tsp chilli powder, ¼ tsp cayenne powder and lime wedge

Our version of a tequila chilli cocktail

How to Make a Chilli Margarita

This Chilli Margarita cocktail is a breeze to craft. It will take you no more than five minutes.

Here’s how you should do it:

  1. In an airtight jar, combine the tequila and peppers. Allow at least 5 to 8 hours for the tequila to infuse (or more if you want it extra hot).
  2. In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for chilli salt and set aside. Use a lime wedge to rub the rim of a Margarita or cocktail glass, then rim with chilli salt.
  3. Combine chilli-infused tequila, lime juice, triple sec, and agave nectar in an ice-filled shaker.
  4. Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds.
  5. Fill rimmed glass halfway with ice and strain the Margarita.
  6. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!

Infusing Your Tequila With Chilli Peppers

Infusing is a process which can take time, but it will definitely give your tequila the power you deserve.

To infuse your tequila with that beautiful fiery flavor:

  1. Combine tequila and peppers in an airtight container.
  2. Allow around 5-8 hours for the tequila to infuse, depending on how spicy you want it. The longer it takes to infuse, the hotter it gets.
  3. Once it is done, you are ready to play!

Bartender’s warning: This tequila is H-O-T! Don’t use it for taking shots.

Chilli peppers vary in heat, so add a bit at a time to find your preferred heat level.

Some Options to Rim Your Chilli Margarita Glass

Since we believe that no Margarita is complete without a salted rim, we’ve included two simple methods for making your own salt rim. It’s the ideal finishing touch that will not only enhance the appearance of your Margarita glass but will also add another layer of flavor to these spicy margaritas.

  • Paprika salt: A simple 3:1 ratio of Kosher or any other flaky salt to paprika. Paprika is a powdered spice with a vibrant color from red peppers. It has a subtle earthiness with a sweet and peppery taste. One tbsp salt and one tsp paprika are enough to rim one or two glasses. And as the salt keeps well, you can even make it in a large batch and store it for future use.
  • Cayenne and chilli: Cayenne has a hot, fiery taste, while the heat of the chilli can vary from mild to exploding hot. Stir together 4 tsp salt, ½ tsp chilli powder, ¼ tsp cayenne powder and lime wedge in a small bowl.

 

Some chillis in a margarita cocktail

Other Versions of The Chilli Margarita 

Do you love fruity margaritas? The combination of spicy pepper and sweet fruits is always a superb one.

Here are some exciting recipes to try:

Pineapple Chilli Margarita

The Pineapple Chilli Margarita is an excellent choice if you want a cocktail with a lot of character.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ ounce Blanco/silver tequila, 100% agave
  • ¾ ounce triple sec (Cointreau or Grand Marnier)
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • ¾ ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 dash hot sauce
  • Salt and/or Tajin seasoning for the rim
  • Pineapple wedges and lime wheels

Directions

  1. Rim your glasses, if desired, and fill them with ice
  2. Pour the tequila, triple sec, lime juice, pineapple juice and hot sauce in a shaker filled with ice
  3. Shake well until the outside is frosty
  4. Strain the Margarita into the ice-filled glass
  5. Garnish and enjoy!

The ingredients to make this chilli margarita recipe

Chilli Lime Mango Margarita

Incredibly sweet with a spicy kick, this is an excellent drink for all seasons and goes great with pretty much all Mexican food.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup ripe mango, cubed
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce silver tequila (or your preferred strength)
  • A dash of hot sauce
  • Agave or maple syrup
  • Lime wedges for rimming and garnishing
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp sea salt

Directions

  1. Add all the ingredients into a blender and process until smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust the ingredients as desired.
  2. To make a Frozen Chilli Lime Mango Margarita, blend in a large handful of ice or use frozen mango.
  3. Pour the cocktail into the prepared glasses and fill with 1 large ice cube.
  4. Garnish and serve immediately.

Enjoy Your Chilli Margarita Cocktail With Altos

Whether you enjoy tequila shots or want to craft the best Chilli Margarita, Olmeca Altos is a smooth tequila perfect for drinking straight or for mixing into cocktails. Our Altos Plata tequila holds citrusy and floral notes, which are ideal in this spicy Chilli Margarita cocktail.