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Independence Day tequila cocktails

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On July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, an event that eventually led to the formation of the United States. Each year on July 4th, we celebrate Independence Day, to mark this event.

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Independence Day is a holiday celebrated smack-dab in the middle of the summer, which normally means that the hot dogs on the grill are not the only things sizzling in the heat.

So, how can you remain cool while celebrating America’s birthday? By enjoying the below recipes for Hornitos® Plata Tequila.

Below are three cocktails featuring Hornitos® Plata Tequila, plus the proper way to shoot tequila.

Strawberry Fireworks

· 3 parts Hornitos® Plata Tequila

· Handful of fresh strawberries

· Juice from 1 lime

· 2 teaspoons superfine sugar

· Fresh pepper

· 1-cup club soda

Put strawberries in a small pitcher and mash to your desired consistency. Add juice, club soda, Hornitos® Plata and combine along with 4 good grinds from the pepper mill. Fill 2 glasses halfway with ice and divide drink among glasses.

Watermelon Smash

· 3 watermelon chunks, plus 3 watermelon chunks skewered on a pick for garnish

· Ice

· 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice

· 1/4 ounce agave nectar

· 1/2 ounce Cointreau

· 2 oz Hornitos® Plata Tequila

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the 3 watermelon chunks. Add ice and the lime juice, agave nectar, St-Germain and blanco tequila and shake well. Fine-strain into a chilled, ice-filled collins glass and garnish the drink with the skewered watermelon chunks.

Blue Hawaiian Twist

· 8 oz Hornitos® Plata Tequila

. 32 ounces lemonade

· Ice

· 1 oz blue curaçao

· 8 lemon wheels

· 8 mint sprigs

In a pitcher, combine the vodka and lemonade and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, about 2 hours. Stir well and pour into ice-filled highball or red wine glasses. Top each drink with 3/4 teaspoon of blue curaçao and garnish with a lemon wheel and a mint sprig.

Lip Sip and Suck

If - on the other hand you prefer to simply shoot your tequila there is a proper way to do a tequila shot.

· A shot of Hornitos® Plata Tequila

. Salt

. Lime Wedge

Lick the small area on the side of your left hand in the space between your thumb and index finger. Pour a pinch of salt in the space. Pick up a lime wedge with your left hand, and hold it in between your thumb and index finger. Pick up your shot of Hornitos® Plata Tequila. Lick the salt off your hand, drink the entire shot of tequila, and suck the juice out of the lime.

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

“Alcohol may be man’s worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy.”
~ Frank Sinatra

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