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Shark Week, time to toast the churning waters

Shark Week inspired cocktails
Shark Week inspired cocktails
Cristine Struble

One week a year brings young and old to gather around the television and watch hours of science and nature, Shark Week. The Discovery Channel programing highlights an animal that brings both fear and awe. From watching these impressive creature devour their prey to quietly swimming amongst the reef, these creatures hold our attention captive.

Over the years, sharks have sparked tremendous fascination. The classic film Jaws brought about the fear of a shark lurking under the dark water. Recently, the campy Sharknado turned the ferocious aquatic animal into a terrifying flying creature. From the comfort of the couch, viewers can separate fact from fiction and celebrate this misunderstood animal.

While watching Shark Week, Sauza Tequila and Skinnygirl Cocktails want to toast to every bite, jump and shark-filled moment. Below are a few shark-inspired cocktails to make your Shark Week experience even more satisfying.

Shark Attack

  • 2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • 3 parts ruby red grapefruit juice
  • 1 part DeKuyper® Mixologist Series Blood Orange Liqueur
  • Orange slice (for garnish)

Preparation: Build in order over ice in a tall glass. Garnish with an orange slice and enjoy.

The Shark Fin

  • 2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • 1 part DeKuyper® Mixologist Series Blood Orange Liqueur
  • 2 parts fresh lemon sour
  • Juice of one whole lime
  • Lemon wedge (for garnish)

Preparation: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain over fresh ice in a glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Dangerous Waters

  • 1 ½ parts Skinnygirl® Meyer Lemon Vodka
  • 2 parts sugar-free strawberry lemonade
  • Muddled blueberries, raspberries and strawberries
  • Splash of sparkling water
  • Blackberry or lemon wedge (for garnish)
  • Ice

Preparation: Mix vodka, muddled blueberries, raspberries and strawberries in a glass. Top off with a splash of sparking water and add ice. Garnish with a blackberry or lemon wedge.

Shark Bite Sipper

  • 1 ½ parts Skinnygirl™ Bare Naked Vodka
  • ½ part Vermouth
  • ½ part Olive Juice
  • Olives for garnish

Preparation: Shake all ingredients, including the olives for garnish, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.