The magical season is upon us and this glowing, fig and warm spice tequila sour with an ethereal frothy top will be just the drink to toast your loved ones—both living and passed.
This weekend we’re celebrating Día de los Muertos with our partner, Tequila Cazadores, and I’ve created what might be one of my all time favorite tequila cocktails just for the occasion.
I’ve been a proud Cazadores Ambassador all year and I’m especially thrilled to be show off this gorgeous limited edition bottle created by Mexican artist Victoria Villasana who created it for the Day of the Dead holiday. Her work is spectacular and this bottle is an example of her deftness at mixing patterns and colors to create an interwoven image that speaks to her heritage. It is something I will cherish and has taken up a prominent spot on this year’s ofrenda.
Why This Is One Of The Best Tequila Drinks
Let’s get down to the nitty gritty of this tequila sour, shall we?
First of all, Cazadores is an authentic Mexican tequila brand. They use 100% agave that is grown, distilled, and bottled in Los Altos of Jalisco, Mexico. Their tequilas make superior cocktails because the intense true flavor of the agave shines through. If your drink begins with Tequila Cazadores, you are off to a very good start.
Secondly, I wanted to add an element of the season that reminds us of fall and the cozy feels of warms spices like clove and ginger. As you may or may not know, I have a bountiful fig tree in my backyard and have been playing around with lots of fig recipes. This spiced fig syrup plays beautifully off the fragrant herb flavors of the tequila.
And lastly, Day of the Dead recipes need to either make us reminiscent of our loved ones who have passed or speak in more general terms to the ideas of life after death and what that means to us still living. I decided to finish this tequila sour with a luminous egg white top. Giving it a lighter-than-air feel.
How We Celebrate Día de los Muertos
Día de los Muertos has become one of our family’s favorite holidays but it is also relatively new to us.
As a Midwestern gal who married a Mexican-American man whose family is one of the minority Baptist Christian families from Chihuahua, Mexico, neither one of us had a history of celebrating this holiday. But we both cherish its rituals and have embraced it in recent years.
About 4 years ago, Armando built an altar that we decorate every year with marigolds and candles and pictures of our loved ones who have passed. We put it up in mid-October and it is such a wonderful way to welcome these deceased relatives into our lives once again. Seeing their images prompts the kids to ask questions and gives us an opportunity to reminisce about who they were and what they meant to us.
On Day of the Dead the whole house smells of Pan de Muerto and we make a special meal with our favorite Day of the Dead recipes that remind us of our loved ones. We feel their spirits more closely on this night and know that as long as we remember them, they are never far from our hearts.
This post was sponsored by Tequila Cazadores. We are proud to highlight brands we love. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Spiced Fig Tequila Sour Recipe
Raise a glass to your loved ones this Día de los Muertos with this elegant Spiced Fig Tequila Sour Cocktail. Tart and frothy with the cozy flavors of fall.
For the Spiced Fig Syrup:
- 2 pounds fresh, ripe figs, stemmed and halved
- 5 ounces piloncillo or 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 cup water
For the Cocktail
- 2 ounces Cazadores Tequila Blanco
- 1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice (about 1/2 lime)
- 1 ounce Spiced Fig Syrup
- 1 egg white
- Fresh fig for garnish, optional
For the Syrup:
Combine all ingredients in a large, heavy-bottom pot with a lid. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cover and turn down to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until piloncillo is dissolved and figs are broken down, about 10 minutes.
Uncover and cook another 10 minutes or so until syrup has thickened. Let cool and strain.
For the Cocktail:
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker full of ice. Shake vigorously for at least 10-20 seconds. Strain into a coupe, garnish with a fresh fig half if you'd like and enjoy!
Spiced Fig Syrup is great on all kinds of things from pancakes to ice cream. It will keep covered in the fridge for 1 month.
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