With the summer in full swing and the warm weather comfortably baking the entire country with impressive heat, it’s important to find ways to cool down and turn the temperature of life down too. These following two Don Julio cocktails will help you slow down the day and reset back to zero, or at least make it feel like the temp has dropped back into the 70’s.
Allow us to introduce to you the Indian Summer and the Blood Orange Margarita, both of which are recipes created by New York mixologist Angela Laino. When you compare both of these cocktails, they deliver something different and personally, the Indian Summer was a more pleasant, refreshing cocktail to have, especially with the heat of the summer.
To create an Indian Summer, you’ll need to have on hand Don Julio Blanco, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, curry powder, cilantro sprigs, chipotle powder, sea salt, a shaker, strainer, ice and a rocks glass. There are a few important steps you need to be aware of, as this isn’t your average cocktail.
First, you must muddle two sprigs of cilantro in your shaker, and then add ice, two ounces of Don Julio Blanco, one and a half teaspoons of curry powder and an ounce of fresh lime juice. Once you have these ingredients in, shake up the contents thoroughly until you feel the consistency is where you want it to be.
Once you’ve finished shaking up the cocktail, create a one to one blend of sea salt and chipotle powder. Next, go ahead and rim your rocks glass with some chipotle powder blend. Finally, strain everything into a rocks glass and you are ready to enjoy yourself an Indian Summer.
Moving onto something with a bit more spice, the Blood Orange Margarita is here for those who wish to enjoy a little more heat with the heat. To create a Blood Orange Margarita, you will need to have on hand Don Julio Blanco, blood orange puree, agave syrup, fresh lime juice, a thyme sprig, jalapeño, a blood orange wedge, shaker, rocks glass, strainer and ice.
The first step is to take two slices of jalapeño and muddle them together inside of your shaker. Next, pour ice into your shaker, followed by one and a half ounces of Don Julio Blanco, one ounce of blood orange puree, a splash of agave syrup, splash of fresh lime juice. Shake up the mixture thoroughly, until you are satisfied with the blend.
Once you have finished shaking up your mixture, add ice into your rocks glass and then pour in the mixture from the shaker. From there, all you need to do is garnish the drink with a blood orange wedge and enjoy.
Don Julio has plenty of other types of tequila for the various tequila drinkers out there. If you would like more information on other recipes you can create with Don Julio Blanco, feel free to check out their official site for more.