It’s March and you know that means quite a few things. It means that Spring is right around the corner, Major League Baseball season is about to start and of course, St. Patrick’s Day is upon us.
While you may feel a bit obligated to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day with the usual spirits and drinks, I encourage you to be bold and enjoy the holiday with something new. We have three unique cocktails involving Sauza 901 Tequila to share with you today. The trio of tequila libations we’ll be looking at are the Verde Maria, Bittersweet and Late Night.
First, the Verde Maria is the cocktail we’ll start with and fair warning, it is the most involved drink of the three, though it is extremely refreshing and perfect for a mid-morning brunch with friends and family. To start, you will need to use a blender to blend two green tomatoes, half of an avocado, one celery stick, one fourth of a cucumber diced and cilantro until smooth. The cilantro can be added until you are happy with the balance or taste, so taste the mixture as you add it in.
Next, you’ll need to have a tall glass and place fresh ice into it. Pour your vegetable mixture into the glass followed by two parts Sauza 901 Tequila, one half part lemon juice, four dashes of hot sauce (I used Frank’s Red Hot) and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir the ingredients and taste to see if the drink is ideal.
Should you want a bit more spice, feel free to add another four dashes of hot sauce, though that second round of dashes is less of a rule, in my opinion, and more of a per drinker preference. Finally, garnish the drink with cilantro leaves and you are ready to enjoy.
The Verde Maria is a interesting cocktail and may remind some of a Blood Mary at times, but really is its own unique experience. This is definitely best enjoyed during a morning or early afternoon brunch and could even replace those Mimosas or Blood Marys you usually drink.
Switching gears to the Bittersweet, this particular cocktail is a bit less involved when it comes to creating it. You will need to have on hand Sauza 901 Tequila, vanilla liqueur, agave syrup, stout beer, a shaker, chilled highball glass, strainer and your choice of stout beer. Guinness is an obvious choice for the latter, but a local craft brewery’s stout can also work just as well.
First, add ice into your shaker and then combine two parts Sauza 901 Tequila, one part vanilla liqueur and one and a half parts agave syrup. Shake the contents up thoroughly until you are happy with the consistency and then strain it all into your chilled highball glass. Top the drink with your stout beer and enjoy.
The Bittersweet is recommended as a casual sort of drink, though it worked well for me as a evening, cocktails sort of drink. Lastly, we’ll take a look at the Last Night cocktail, which is something you might enjoy a little later in your evening on St. Patrick’s Day.
In order to create a Last Night cocktail, you will need to have on hand Sauza 901 Tequila, maraschino liquor, green chartreuse, lime juice, a shaker, strainer and martini glass. First, add ice into your shaker, followed by two parts Sauza 901 Tequila, one part maraschino liquor, one part green chartreuse and one part lime juice.
Shake up the cocktail until you are happy with the consistency and then double strain the liquid into your martini glass. This cocktail is a bit more formal, but still makes a fantastic addition to your St. Patrick’s Day lineup of beverages. Check out Sauza 901’s official site for more information on the spirit and additional ways you can enjoy it.