Almond-flavored tequila packs more nuttiness and less punch than regular tequila. Classified as a liqueur, almond tequila has a proof of less than 60 -- or 30 percent alcohol, and it blends seamlessly into a wide arrange of cocktails. If you have a bottle of almond-flavored tequila in your arsenal, a new world of mixology awaits you, and if you don't, you can whip up some of your own.
Mix almond-flavored tequila as a shooter. Pour a shot into a shaker tin filled with ice; shake and then strain into a shot glass. Almond-flavored tequila does not have to be chilled and shot straight -- it mixes well with other specialty liqueurs. Mix equal parts each of almond-flavored tequila and Irish cream for a creamy shot or equal parts almond-flavored tequila, cranberry juice and club soda for a fruity and fizzy one.
Mix almond-flavored tequila into a margarita. Substitute a third of the tequila in a margarita with almond-flavored tequila; cut back on both simple syrup and sugar so the margarita isn't too sweet. Substitute the regular tequila completely and mix with other juices, such as orange or pineapple, for a more exotic margarita. Float a shot on top of a frozen margarita or a "beer-rita," which is a frozen margarita with an upended full bottle of beer.
Drop a shot of almond-flavored tequila into your favorite hot beverage. Mix a shot with hot coffee, then add a sprinkle of cinnamon, whipped cream and chocolate shavings for a tasty dessert drink. Pour a shot of the liqueur into a cup of hot chocolate -- either dark or Mexican chocolate -- or add a shot to a specialty coffee drink like a mocha, cappuccino or even a chai latte.
Booze It Yourself
Crush a cup of almonds with the mortar and pestle.
Slice a vanilla bean pod down the middle lengthwise to expose the beans inside.
Add almonds and vanilla bean pod halves to a bottle of tequila and seal it. Let it infuse for at least three days.
Strain the tequila bottle's contents into the empty bottle for almond-flavored tequila.
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- If you do not have any almond-flavored tequila or do not have the time to make any, substitute it with almond liqueur or extract.
- Almond-flavored tequila, although it has a lower proof, can still sneak up on you; always drink responsibly!
Chance E. Gartneer began writing professionally in 2008 working in conjunction with FEMA. He has the unofficial record for the most undergraduate hours at the University of Texas at Austin. When not working on his children's book masterpiece, he writes educational pieces focusing on early mathematics and ESL topics.
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