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National Tequila Day: Tequila Cocktails

Today is finally National Tequila Day!

This is the perfect mid summer event to host at any venue with almost anybody. 1800 Tequila and Rob Kreuger, the legendary mixologist of Extra Fancy in Brooklyn, New York, recreated the classic tiki cocktails. To bring these whimsical cocktails to life they used 1800 Silver and 1800 Coconut, which basically bring the beach to any party. What better way to enjoy this beautiful warm Friday than with a tiki cocktail and a mini umbrella?
The Tiki drinks had been extremely popular during the 1940s and 50s, but creeping up toward the new millennium, the drinks had lost their spark. Luckily, within the past few years the tiki cocktail bar scene has made a comeback, specifically in New York, Los Angeles and Miami. These drinks are nostalgic, yet out of the ordinary, delicious tiki classics that will unquestionably keep your mind solidly in the land of sun and sand.

Here are a bunch of 1800 Tequila Tiki Cocktail recipes that you will not be sorry you tried, especially on National Tequila Day,:

Mona Se Queda (Inspired by the Daiquiri)

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Translates roughly as “The Monkey Stays Itself” and comes from the expression, “La mona aunque se vista de seda, mona se queda,” meaning, “Even though a monkey changes its clothes, it stays a monkey.”

– 1 3/4 oz 1800 Coconut 1 oz Banana Liqueur
– 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice

For Garnish: Freshly Grated Nutmeg
Combine all in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass or Daiquiri glass. Grate nutmeg over the top for garnish.

San Lucas Sling (Inspired by the Singapore Sling)

San Lucas National Tequila Day

The cocktail is a play on the classic “Singapore Sling.” Cabo San Lucas seemed an appropriately exotic and tropical place to reference.

– 1 1/2 oz 1800 Silver
– 2 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice 1/2 oz Benedictine
– 1/2 oz Lime Juice
– 3/4 oz Cherry Brandy

For garnish: Pineapple Leaf Brandied Cherry
Combine all except cherry brandy in a cocktail shaker and shake well with ice. Strain into a Hurricane or Tiki Glass filled with ice. Drizzle the Cherry Heering over the top of the drink and garnish.

Coco Paradiso (Inspired by the Hurricane)

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The name itself just sounds good!

– 1 1/2 oz 1800 Coconut
– 1/2 oz White Creme de Cacao
– 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
– 1 1/2 oz Unsweetened Passion Fruit Juice (Ceres)

For Garnish: A pinch of finely ground coffee and a slice of lime
Combine all in a shaker and shake with one cube to mix. Strain into a Hurricane Glass and fill with ice, gently swizzling to fully chill the glass. To garnish, add a pinch of ground coffee on top and slice of lime.

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