Celebrate National Cocktail Day with our five classic craft cocktails that feature a delicious tequila twist.
Whether you're sipping a tequila spritz at your next cocktail party or enjoying an old fashion at happy hour, there is no better time to stop and savor your favorite cocktail than on National Cocktail Day.
When Is National Cocktail Day?
Started by author Jace Shoemaker-Galloway in 2013, the National Cocktail Day holiday is celebrated on March 25th.
And as with other celebrations like National Happy Hour Day or National Red Wine Day, the holiday is a chance to have fun at your next cocktail hour and indulge in some of your favorite alcoholic beverages, responsibly, of course.
What Makes a Cocktail?
A cocktail is an alcoholic drink made with one or more spirits and combined in a single glass.
Typically, a cocktail is mixed with mixers, fruit juice, or creams. Some cocktails feature the spirits heavily, while others highlight the mixers as the star of the show.
The list of classic cocktails that many of us enjoy is seemingly endless. Still, on National Cocktail Day, it can be fun to celebrate by changing things up.
From bartenders and master mixologists to hobbyists inspired to mix drinks in their home bar for friends, cocktails allow the chance to experiment and sometimes even reinvent the classics.
That's why we've taken five of our very favorite classic cocktails and added a delicious twist using our premium Rosa Blanco and Anejo tequilas.
5 Tequila Cocktails to Drink on National Cocktail Day
Now that we've sorted our dates and definitions, it's time to talk about five of the best tequila drinks to celebrate National Cocktail Day.
Some may venture to guess that the Margarita is the national drink of Mexico, but they would be incorrect. Instead, that honor goes to the Paloma, a refreshing drink made with tequila and grapefruit juice.
Traditionally a Paloma is clear, but we like to use our Rosa Blanco tequila to add a bright, pink hue along with notes of sweet, creamy red berries.
To make our Paloma tequila cocktail, start by rimming a highball glass with pink Himalayan salt.
Next, pour in 1.5 ounces of Calirosa Rosa Blanco tequila. Follow that with 1 ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice and 0.5 ounces of agave syrup.
Then, add 3 ounces of fresh grapefruit juice.
Finally, add cubed ice and mix the cocktail until the ingredients are well blended.
For garnish, you can add a dehydrated slice of pink grapefruit for a fun look reminiscent of warm, sunny days.
With Rosa Blanco tequila and fresh citrus juices, our Paloma Rosa offers a bright, sweet flavor that is pleasing to the palate.
Sometimes made with gin, the Pink Spritz is a simple, sweet drink equally suited to happy hour or a weekend lunch date. We've taken the recipe and created our party cocktail with our premium, Rosa Blanco, for an unforgettable tequila spritz.
Using a wine glass, you will pour 1.5 ounces of Rosa Blanco tequila, 1 ounce of Aperol, 1.5 ounces of tonic water, and finally, top it off with 1.5 ounces of soda.
Garnish with a slice of pink grapefruit and serve over ice for a refreshingly chilled drink that couldn't be any easier to make for your next cocktail hour.
The dirty martini is a well-known cocktail worldwide. Still, our version enlivens the traditional recipe with sweet citrus and our premium pink tequila's delicate red berry notes.
You will need a shaker and strainer to make one of these tequila cocktails. Start by filling your shaker with ice.
Next, pour in 2 ounces of Calirosa Rosa Blanco, .75 ounces of Maraschino Liqueur, and .75 ounces of lime juice.
Then, pour in 0.5 ounces of pink grapefruit and 0.5 ounces of sugar cane syrup.
Finally, add 2 Dashes of Peychaud's Bitters.
Put the lid on your shaker and shake until well blended, approximately 10 seconds or until the shaker tin becomes cold and frosty.
Strain the liquid into either a cocktail glass or coupe and garnish with lemon oils & peel.
The creamy, soft texture of the Rosa Blanco combined with a sweet and spicy flavor from the bitters and the brightness from the citrus tastes so good, it might make this drink one of your new, go-to holiday cocktails.
Calirosa Old Fashioned
The old-fashioned, typically made with bourbon, is often considered one of the most popular cocktails in the world. With its blend of sweet, spicy, and bitter flavors, it seems that the old fashion has something for everyone.
But here at Calirosa, we love to combine innovation and tradition. We've worked hard to find the perfect balance between this timeless cocktail and our award-winning Anejo tequila to make the best tequila old fashion you've ever had.
To make this tequila old-fashioned, start with an old fashion glass.
Add 1 brown sugar cube, 1 drop of Angostura bitters, 0.5 ounces of sweet vermouth, and 1 ounce of Calirosa Añejo. Mix until the sugar is fully dissolved.
Next, add the final 0.5 ounces of Calirosa Añejo.
Finally, add a large cube of ice and stir.
For added flavor and style, garnish your tequila old-fashioned with an orange peel.
Thanks to our 18-month aging process, the Calirosa Anejo has a rich reddish amber color that gives this old fashion a classical look.
The Anejo's scent notes of vanilla and caramel with hints of dried fruit and figs are combined with the spicy-sweet scent of the bitters for an enjoyable aroma.
The sweetness of the sugar and vermouth is a beautiful enhancement for the notes of chocolate, coffee, cooked fruit, and other flavors that our unique Anejo tequila provides.
Boulevardier loosely translates to "a man about town." The boulevardier cocktail is most often made with rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and Campari in a simple variation of the classic gin Negroni.
For our Mexican Boulevardier, we've swapped out the whiskey with our Anejo tequila for a deliciously updated cocktail that is perfect for your next National Cocktail Day drink.
To make a Mexican Boulevardier, start with a mixing glass.
Pour in 1.5 ounces of Calirosa Anejo, 1 ounce of sweet vermouth, and .75 ounces of Campari.
Stir with ice for at least 10 seconds, strain into an old-fashioned or rocks glass, and garnish with an orange peel and oils.
The sweet vermouth mellows the bitterness of the Campari to create a balanced foundation for our premium Anejo tequila. Notes of coffee and butterscotch lead you in while a medium-to-long finish, with an aftertaste of toffee and cinnamon, round out the palate.
What Goes Into Making Calirosa Tequila?
Aged in prized California red wine barrels to provide a vivid rosy hue, Calirosa tequila is a fusion of the vibrant styles of California and high-spirited Mexican culture. Each tequila in the Calirosa family features a smooth taste and pleasing aroma.
We use only the finest Blue Weber agaves, harvested at peak maturity from the Tequila Volcano region in Jalisco, Mexico. In addition, we use only the agaves' natural yeast and water from our wells in the agave fields for the highest quality and consistency.
At Calirosa, we celebrate our Mexican roots by using traditional methods to produce tequila in small-batch fashion, just like previous generations of our family.
All our premium tequilas are aged in prestigious red wine barrels. Our Rosa Blanco is aged 30 days, while our Anejo is aged 18 months. We also offer an Extra Anejo, aged 36 months, to provide even more color and a bold palate.
Meet Our Master Distiller
Luis Trejo Rodriguez is a third-generation tequila maker with over 30 years of distilling experience. With his guidance, Calirosa delivers tequila unmatched in its quality and consistency.
Rodriguez was born just outside the town of Tequila in Mexico, the historical home of tequila spirits.
He grew up in the agave fields, learning to craft tequila from his father and grandfather. He has now proudly carried the title of Master Distiller for over 15 years.
Enjoy Calirosa Tequila on National Cocktail Day
Of course, whether it's a tequila old-fashioned or a Paloma Rosa, having a drink to celebrate National Cocktail Day is a fun time to experiment with new cocktail recipes.
So go out and pick up our Rosa Blanco tequila for light, delicate cocktails with sweet, fruity flavors. Or try our Anejo tequila if you love amber spirits with rich, robust notes and a satisfying finish.
For the adventurous, try our Extra Anejo tequila that we age for 36 months for a rich, mahogany hue and strong flavoring that linger. With leather, honey, and cacao notes, it's one stimulating liquor you won't want to miss.
No matter which of our award-winning tequilas you try, we're sure you'll be satisfied when you're drinking one of our unique tequila cocktail recipes at your next National Cocktail Day holiday celebration!