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It’s that time of the year to get together with family and friends, share the memories and even some gifts.  But we have all been there, at that one party where there isn’t a signature cocktail and everyone is drinking some poorly thought up concoction that isn’t really enjoyable, pretty, or festive.  But as always, we want to be there to help save, dare we say it, Christmas.  On our bar for the festive day?  Tequila, and specfically Hornitos’ amazing Black Barrrel Tequila.  We know; tequila is not the first spirit that comes to mind for the holidays, but we want you to give it an honest look.  The warming sensation of the agave liquor has the perfect holiday properties, and we think the drinks below will show you just how festive and Christmas tequila can be.

Brewed Awakenings - Bar 
Brewed Awakenings

  • 1 ½ parts Hornitos® Black Barrel® Tequila
  • 1 ½ parts coffee liqueur
  • ¼ part vanilla syrup *
  • 1 part heavy cream

*To make vanilla syrup, mix together 1 part sugar, 1 part water and 1 part vanilla extract. Bring to a boil and cool before serving (approximately 1-2 minutes)

 Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a glass and serve

Bitters Sweet Barrel - Bar Bitters Sweet Barrel

  • 1 ½ parts Hornitos® Black Barrel® Tequila
  • 1 part Campari® Liqueur
  • ¼ part Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 parts Seltzer
  • Dash of orange bitters

Preparation: Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass. Serve in an old fashioned glass. Garnish with an orange peel or slice.

A special thanks to Hornitos for working with us and sharing these amazing recipes.

Richard Melick
About the Author

Co-founder and Editor of I am a writer and photographer with global travel ambitions. I never shy from a new recipe, adventure, or experience. I write about what I love.

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