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Five New Ways to Drink Tequila This Fall

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Tequila is a staple for warm-weather cocktails, but that doesn’t mean you need to put this spirit away just because the weather is starting to cool down. Patrón is a very versatile liquor that is made from the finest 100% Weber Blue Agave and is distilled in small batches at Hacienda Patrón distillery in Jalisco, Mexico. Tequila isn’t just for shots; it can be mixed into classics like Mojitos, Old Fashioneds, Manhattans, and Mules.

The Origin of Patrón

John Paul DeJoria and Martin Crowley founded Patrón in 1989. They started the production in Jalisco, Mexico, and later moved into a different distillery in 2002. The name, Patrón, means a charitable or financially supporting person, but the meaning John and Martin preferred for their brand name was “big boss”. The bee symbol on the bottles represents the strong attraction bees have to the blue agave plant.

How is it made?

By law, tequila must be made from Blue Weber agave in the Mexican states of Jalisco, Nayarit, Tamaulipas, Michoacan, and Guanajuato. Since the production process is strictly regulated, tequila can only be labeled and sold by that name if blue agave constitutes over half of the fermented sugars in the drink.

When the agave has ripened they are hand-chopped and the piña, the heart of the plant, is baked in brick ovens. This cooking process softens the piña, making the process of sugar extraction easier. The piñas are then transported to the milling area where they are crushed by a volcanic stone Tahona wheel and a roller mill. This mixture is then fermented for three days, distilled and sometimes aged in handmade barrels. The longer the tequila ages, the more color, and tannins the final product will have.

What are the different types?

There are different classes of tequila but there are only two varieties: 100 percent agave and mixto. Mixto is roughly 51 percent agave, and the rest is made up of water and different sugars during distillation. The general five classes of tequila are Blanco (slightly aged silver or white tequila), Oro (aged for a few months in oak barrels and is gold in color), Reposado (aged at least two months, but no more than a year in white oak barrels), Añejo (aged for a year, but no more than three) and Extra Añejo (aged for three years).

Patrón is great on its own, but with such a wide variety it’s the perfect tequila for almost any mixed cocktail. These flavorful drinks are guaranteed to expand your agave horizons.

  1. Vampiros Cocktail
    • 1 ½ oz. Patrón Reposado
    • 3 oz. Sangrita
    • 1 ½ oz. Citrus-flavored soda
    • ½ Lime, juiced
    • 1 pinch Mexican-style chili powder with lime (such as Tajin fruit seasoning)
      • Fill a highball glass with ice; pour tequila, sangrita, citrus soda, lime juice, and chili powder. Stir to mix well.
  1. Blackberry Sage Paloma
    • 2 oz. Patrón Silver
    • grapefruit juice
    • 4 blackberries
    • 6 sage leaves
    • 2 cane sugar cubes
      • In a large cocktail shaker, muddle blackberries, sage and sugar cubes. Add tequila, grapefruit juice, and crushed ice. Shake well pour into a cocktail glass garnish with sage.
  1. Smoky Harvest Margarita
    • 1 ½ – 2 oz. Patrón Añejo
    • 4 oz. Apple cider
    • 1 oz. Lime juice
    • 1-2 tsp. Agave nectar
    • Cinnamon powder, Sugar, and Kosher salt for the rim
    • Cinnamon sticks and Apple slices for garnish
      • In a bowl mix equal parts cinnamon, sugar, and salt. Run a lime wedge around the rim of your glass and coat in the sugar mix. Combine tequila, apple cider, lime juice and agave in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake until combined and strain into glass. Garnish with apple slices and cinnamon sticks.
  1. Reposado Old Fashioned
    • 3 oz. Patrón Reposado
    • 1 tsp. Agave nectar
    • 2 slices Blood orange
    • 1-2 dashes Angostura bitters
      • Muddle agave and orange slices in a cocktail shaker then add tequila and ice. Stir and strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice. Add bitters and garnish with orange peel
  1. Añejo Manhattan
    • 2 oz. Patrón Añejo
    • 1 oz. Carpano Antica Formula sweet vermouth
    • 2 dashes Mole bitters
      • Combine everything in a mixing glass with ice and stir. Strain into an old-fashioned glass over a large whiskey cube. Garnish with an orange twist.

Five Drinks for Your 4th of July Party

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America’s birthday is just around the corner and though 2018 decided to land it mid-week, that shouldn’t stop you from celebrating in the name of freedom. Even though most prefer their silver bullets or other canned-variety alcoholic beverages, the five cocktails below can introduce a truly memorable variety to your freedom-filled get together.

Cherry Bomb Mimosa

This drink is meant to get your day started. Couple this with a hearty breakfast or brunch if that’s your style.

Ingredients
1 c. pineapple juice
1/4 c. maraschino cherry juice (from the jar of cherries)
1 bottle champagne
Orange slices, for garnish

Directions
In champagne flutes, combine pineapple juice and maraschino cherry juice. Top off with champagne and garnish with an orange slice.

Blue Crush Margaritas

Margaritas are a staple celebratory drink. Make a few of these and get all fired up on freedom (aka, tequila).

Ingredients
2 limes sliced into wedges
Coarse salt, for rimming glasses
1/4 c. Blue Curacao
3 oz. tequila
3 oz. triple sec
1/3 c. lime juice
1 can seltzer
2 c. ice

Directions
Rim two tall glasses with lime and salt.
Combine Curacao, tequila, triple sec and lime juice into the glasses and stir to combine.
Top with a splash of seltzer and as much ice as desired. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve.

Red, White & Boozy Shakes

Ingredients
6 scoops vanilla ice cream
6 tbsp. Milk, Divided
1 oz. Curaçao
1 oz. vodka
3 scoops raspberry sorbet
1 oz. raspberry vodka
Red, white and blue sprinkles, for garnish

Directions
In a blender, combine 3 scoops vanilla ice cream, 2 tablespoons milk, and 1-ounce Curaçao. Blend until creamy and pour into two glasses. Freeze 15 to 20 minutes.
Rinse blender and add 3 scoops vanilla ice cream, 2 tablespoons milk, and 1-ounce vodka. Blend until combined, then pour into glasses on top of blue layer and freeze 15 to 20 minutes.
Rinse blender and add 3 scoops raspberry sorbet, 2 tablespoons milk, and 1-ounce raspberry vodka. Blend until combined, then pour onto white layer.
Top each shake with whipped cream and garnish with sprinkles.

Blueberry Lemonade Sangria

Ingredients
1 750-ml bottle dry white wine
1 c. Simply Lemonade with Blueberry
1/4 c. tequila
1 c. fresh or frozen blueberries
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1 c. cold seltzer

Directions
In a pitcher, combine wine, lemonade, and tequila and stir until combined.
Add fruit and top off with seltzer and serve.

Spiked Sweets Jell-O Shots

Finally, Jell-O shots. No booze-filled get together would be complete without one person whipping out a Jell-O shot here or there. Fill yours full of freedom with this festive recipe.

Ingredients
1 c. water
1 pkg. of red Jell-O
1 pkg. of blue Jell-O
1 pkg. of unflavored gelatin
14 oz. can of condensed milk
vodka

Directions
Boil 1 c. water and dissolve 1 package of red Jell-O completely. Add 1 c. vodka. Fill up shot glasses a third of the way with the red mixture. Let set 1 to 2 hours in refrigerator.
Boil 1 c. water and dissolve 1 package of unflavored gelatin completely. Add a 14-oz. can of condensed milk and stir, mixing well. Let cool a few minutes. Fill up shot glasses another third of the way on top of the red mixture. Let set 1 to 2 hours in refrigerator.
Boil 1 c. water and dissolve 1 package of blue Jell-O completely. Add 1 c. vodka. Fill up shot glasses a third of the way with the red mixture. Let set 1 to 2 hours in refrigerator.
Makes 20 to 30 shots depending on the size of your shot glasses.

Be sure to stop in to one of our many locations to stock up on supplies to keep the celebration going well into the weekend, because freedom.

 

Cayman Jack Margarita

Cayman Jack Margarita Tasting | Indianapolis

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May 5 | 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

5230 Rockville Road, Indianapolis, IN 46224

Discover hand-crafted premium prepared cocktails. Come sample Cayman Jack Margarita. Your new taco-night go-to!

Cayman Jack Margarita

Cayman Jack Margarita Tasting | Greenwood

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May 4 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

1266 N. Madison Avenue, Greenwood, IN 46142

Discover hand-crafted premium prepared cocktails. Come sample Cayman Jack Margarita. Your new taco-night go-to!

GYSOT! Gas Monkey Tequila

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Wooo!  Get you some of this!  Richard Rawlings of Gas Monkey Garage introduces Gas Monkey Cinnamon Tequila.  This tequila is 100% blue agave from Mexico, infused with natural cinnamon, 69 proof, and made in America.

Rawlings has held several jobs to feed his car habit including a firefighter, police officer and paramedic all before he was 21 years old. He then went on to build a printing and advertising company that he eventually sold to fund his greatest venture – Gas Monkey Garage.  Since 2012, it has been the focus of Discovery Channel’s Fast & Loud.

Here are few Monkey inspired cocktails for you to try:gasmonkeyoptimzed

MONKEY TONGUE

  • 1.5 oz. Gas Monkey Cinnamon Tequila
  • cinnamon sugar mix
  • lime slice

Rim shot glass with cinnamon sugar. Add chilled Gas Monkey Cinnamon Tequila. Shoot with lime.

MONKEYRITA

  • 1.5 oz. Gas Monkey Cinnamon Tequila
  • 2.5 oz. agave nectar
  • fresh lime juice
  • lime slice
  • salt

Add first three ingredients into an ice- filled shaker. Shake and strain into salt-rimmed rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime slice.

ORANGE PEEL OUT

  • 1.5 oz. Gas Monkey Cinnamon Tequila
  • 4 oz. orange soda
  • fresh jalapeño slice

Mix together over ice and garnish with jalapeño.

Pick up your bottle of Gas Monkey Tequila at your local Payless Liquor stores and keep Saturday, September 5 open. The one and only Richard Rawlings will be at our store located at 9310 N. Michigan Road for a tasting and bottle signing from Noon – 1:30pm.  GYSOT!

 

National Tequila Day

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July 24th is National Tequila Day.

Tequila is a spirit made from the agave plant.  Mexico is the only country that can legally produce Tequila and it can only be made in the state of Jalisco and surrounding regions.

Tequila is usually bottled in one of five categories:

  • Blanco (white) or Plata (silver): A white spirit that is unaged and bottled or stored immediately after distillation.
  • Joven (young) or Oro (gold): This is an unaged silver tequila that may be flavored with caramel coloring or oak extract. It can also be a blend of silver tequila with aged and/or extra-aged tequila.
  • Reposado (rested): Tequila that is aged a minimum of two months, but less than a year in oak barrels of any size.
  • Añejo (aged or vintage): Has been aged a minimum of one year, but less than three years in small oak barrels.
  • Extra Añejo (extra aged or ultra-aged): Tequila that is aged a minimum of three years in oak barrels. This category was established in March 2006.

In the late 1990s, Sammy Hagar began selling patrons of his Cabo Wabo resort a house Cabo-Wabo-Tequila-Blancobrand, hand-made tequila that he commissioned from a family owned distillery in Jalisco.  It became a quick success and by 2006 it was the second-best-selling premium tequila in the US.  Cabo Wabo Tequila is bottled in unique, hand-blown artisan glass bottles.

Cabo Wabo Tequila Blanco offers an aroma with a fresh, floral bouquet, spicy lime and mint.  Flavors of agave and a slight spice character deliver a crisp clean finish.  This tequila has won multiple awards including Bronze and Silver at the San Francisco World Spirts Competition and Silver at the 2013 International Wine and Spirts Competition.

Cabo Wabo Tequila Blanco is easily enjoyed as a chilled shot or in your favorite cocktail.  Here are some recipes to help you celebrate National Tequila Day:

The CaboRita

  • 3 oz Cabo Blanco Tequila
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz Contreau
  • Splash of Grand Marnier

Combine all of the ingredients in a shaker with ice.  Shake several times.  Strain, pour, and enjoy.

Beer-Rita

  • 24 oz. (2 bottles) Light Beer
  • 12 oz. Can Frozen Limeade
  • 8 oz. Cabo Wabo Blanco
  • Limes

Fill pitcher with ice. Add beer, limeade and Cabo. Stir. Throw in some lime wedges. Done.

The Siesta

  • 2 oz. Cabo Blanco
  • ½. Oz Campari
  • ½ oz Freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ oz. freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • ½ oz. simple syrup

Garnish with a grapefruit rind

Payless Liquors has Cabo Wabo Tequila Blanco for just $29.99.  You can stop in at any one of our stores or contact us to reserve your bottle online.  Please enjoy National Tequila Day responsibly.

The Forgotten Tequila: Extra Añejo 7 Años Patrón

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Patrón Anejo 7 Anos

Ever put on a pair of pants you haven’t worn in a couple years, only to discover a $20 bill? Recently Patrón Tequila had that same thing happen to them, only they discovered tequila they had forgotten about, tucked away in a corner of their barrel-aging room.

An Exclusive Rarity

Introducing Patrón Extra Añejo 7 Años. Distillers first checked on the group of casks after around 8 months of aging, but it wasn’t what they wanted. By the next time they discovered them, 7 years had passed. Master Distiller, Francisco Alcaraz announced the brand’s first limited release as “a happy accident of again, temperature, wood and where the barrels were placed.” Very different from all their other offerings, Añejo 7 Años is a limited quantity product with less than 700 cases released in March.

How It’s Made

Añejo 7 Años is a blend of tequilas produced two separate ways. The type of tequila is the traditional tahona. It’s made by crushing agave by with stone wheel and the juices are then absorbed into a fiber. The fiber is then part of the fermentation process. The second method Patron uses is where a roller squeezes the juice out from the fruit and then it’s separated immediately from the fiber. After that process is complete between the two methods, each product is then aged separately in pine wood barrels and then double distilled in copper pots custom designed by Alcaraz. Then the two come together in French oak. The twist is in the French oak. Usually the tequila is aged in ex-bourbon barrels.

The Taste

The limited edition tequila comes in a replica of the very first hard blown glass Patrón bottle to commemorate its exclusivity. Añejo 7 Años is a dark golden hue with pronounced woody and black pepper aroma. A smooth taste with notes of fruits, mandarin and light caramel. It isn’t necessarily sweet, but it has more of a honey taste. It’s delightfully full-bodied with hints of spice and bittersweet dark chocolate. Unlike most tequilas, it is less aggressive upfront, but rather it has a more powerful backend. An overall great product to represent the Patrón brand.

Own a piece of tequila history is the purchase of Patrón Extra Añejo 7 Años at Payless Liquors. To ensure you get your hands on a bottle, please reserve here.

¡Salud!