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Holiday Cocktails

What are the holidays without special cocktails we indulge in because the season presents us with the opportunity? Why throw the same old same old down the hatch when you could create something unique that your family and friends will remember (if they don’t black out before it’s all over, that is)? Thanks to the good folks at Marie Claire magazine we have some fun and different cocktails that (with the magic of tequila) will make all your guests fall undeniably in love with you. Okay, that last part is just not true. But they will complement your delicate ego and we always want to promote that.

Marnier Chocolate Bonbon

1 oz. Grand Marnier

1/2 oz. Anejo Tequila

3 oz. hot chocolate

Layer of fresh cream

Combine Grand Marnier, tequila, and hot chocolate in an Irish coffee (or small wine) glass. Layer 1/2 inch of hand-whipped cream over the top.


1 1/2 oz. Silver Tequila

1/2 oz. Lillet Blanc

1/2 oz. Lillet Rouge

1 1/2 oz. apple juice

1/4 oz. agave nectar

1/4 oz. fresh lime juice

Combine ingredients and shake well. Serve up in a cocktail glass. Garnish with a blood orange wheel. 

Ave Martini

1.5 oz. Averna Sambuca

1.5 oz. Tequila Reposado

2 tbsp. coffee ice cream/sorbet

Mix ingredients in a shaker with ice, then garnish with ground cinnamon.

An Iguana's Recipe: Bloody Maria

Keeping with the theme of our recently passed festivities for Day of the Dead (no pun intended) and Halloween, we thought a fall cocktail with a splash of violence was in order. The Bloody Maria was the perfect option not only for its scariness factor, but also for its versatility. It’s a hearty meal in a glass and a classic hangover cure (we’re not sure we sign on for the last part, but they do mix well with breakfast.)

Of course the Bloody Maria comes from the Bloody Mary. Like a naughty sister, we swap vodka for tequila and add some kick to the traditional recipe. So, what’s in a Bloody Mary apart from the vodka? Everything: tomato juice, celery, pearl onions, Tabasco sauce, beef stock, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, horseradish, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Stop just short of the kitchen sink. I’m sure it’s easy to see why it’s been called “the world’s most complex cocktail.”

The Bloody Mary is most commonly associated with Queen Mary I of England who earned the nickname for burning almost 300 people at the stake for disagreeing with her, although many people from history have been linked to the name of this popular cocktail. Another connection exists with the ghost of a young English mother whose baby was stolen from her, driving her to suicide. Supposedly, calling out to Blood Mary will make her appear.


2 oz tequila

1 tsp horseradish

3 dashes Tabasco sauce

3 dashes Worcestershire sauce

dash of lime juice

3 dashes celery salt

3 dashes pepper

tomato juice

1 oz clam juice (optional)

dash of Sherry (optional)

1 tsp dijon mustard (optional)

celery stalk for garnish

lemon and/or lime wedge for garnish

cucumber and/or cocktail shrimp for garnish (optional)

Mix ingredients over ice in a high ball glass and top it off with tomato juice. Mix by transferring between two glasses. Garnish with a celery stalk.

Recipe by  The Bartender's Black Book

Day of the Dead Cocktails (continued)

So today is the Day of the Dead, a day worthy of donning the most formal clothes you’ve got, painting your face (and any other exposed skin for that matter) like a skeleton, and drinking a ridiculous quantity of tequila. That being said, we decided more cocktail recipes were in order. What’s more fun than costumes and themed cocktails? Costumes and tequila themed cocktails.

Ashes to Ashes 

Created by H. Joseph Ehrmann at Elixir in San Francisco

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

1.5 oz. Tequila Reposado

.5 oz. Pedro Ximenez Sherry

1 oz. Lemon Juice

1 tsp. Sweetened Cocoa Mix

.25 oz. Agave Nectar

1 pinch Ground Cinnamon

Place all ingredients in a mixing glass, and shake with ice. Strain up into a cocktail glass. Garnish with cinnamon dust.


Los Muertos: The Dead

Created by Raul Yrastorza at Las Perlas, Los Angeles

Day of the dead is a time to honor those who have passed by offering them everything from music, dance, fruits, and …of course …tequila to put it on the altars.

2 oz Tequila Reposado

1 oz Fresh Lime Juice

.5 oz Apple Cider Vinegar

.5 oz Cardamaro Amaro

1 bar spoon Apple Butter Infused Agave Nectar

4 muddled Apple Chunks

Apple Cider Foam for garnish

Blackstrap molasses for garnish

Muddle apple chunks in bottom of a mixing glass. Shake all ingredients together with ice and double strain into a rocks glass over ice. Top with apple cider foam and drizzle with blackstrap molasses.


Day of the Dead

Created by Molly Wellman at Mainstay Rockbar, Cincinnati

Sin is the name of the game. A sexy, Caribbean twist on the old classic Tequila Sunrise.

1 1/2 oz Reposado Tequila

1/2 oz Fresh Orange Juice

3/4 oz Grand Marnier

Dash of Cinnamon 

Add all ingredients to shaker and shake, shake, shake. Strain into a cocktail glass, and sprinkle ground cinnamon for garnish.


The Procession

Created by Daniel Hyatt at The Alembic in San Francisco

Hibiscus flower, know as Jamaica here in Mexico, is a common drink flavor and well as a frequently seen color in the processions and street mosaics for Day of the Dead.

1.5 oz Tequila Blanco

.75 oz White Crème de Cacao

.5 oz Ruby Port

.75 oz Hibiscus Tea, chilled

2 dashes of Orange Bitters

Orange Peel for garnish

Shake ingredients together with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass. For garnish, twist a strip of orange peel over the top.


October Cocktail Inspiration

The end of October is a time for haunted houses, witches and ghost stories. You will see pumpkins lining the streets and children dressed in costumes, enjoying spoils of sweets. In Mexico, the the beginning of November is a time for celebrating death. Altars for those in the spirit world and Two very different cultures that represent afterlife and preservation in different ways.  But whether you celebrate Noche de la Brujas , Halloween or Dia de los Muertos, we have found 3 spook-tacular tequila based recipes for your themed party. We would love to hear your favorite cocktail recipes for this time of year! And don't forget everything's better with Blue Iguana Tequila in the mix. 


Purple Paloma - Inspired by/ Courtesy of Climbing Grier

1 lime wedge for garnish
Black Lava Salt for garnish
1 ounce Blue Iguana tequila
2 ounces Fresca
3 ounces grape juice
ice cubes

 Directions: On a small plate, place black lava salt. Take a lime wedge and rub the lime around the top of the glass. Flip the glass over and coat the rim of the glass with the black lava salt. Fill glass with ice and pour tequila, Fresca, and grape juice. Stir and garnish with lime wedge and black lava salt.


Devil’s Hammer - Inspired/Courtesy of Hispanic Kitchen

1/2 ounce agave nectar
4 mint leaves
1/2 one lemon
1/2 one orange
1 1/2 ounces Blue Iguana Silver tequila
1 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce club soda
1/2 ounce cherry syrup

Directions:Muddle agave nectar, mint leaves, lemon, and orange in a cocktail shaker. Add tequila, lemon juice, and club soda. Shake well and serve in a chilled glass over ice. Finish with cherry syrup.

Serves: 1


 Ingredients :
2 Blackberries
3 Basil leaves
1.5 oz Blue Iguana Tequila
1 oz Fresh lime juice
1 tsp Agave nectar
1 Blackberry and basil leaf for Garnish

In a shaker, muddle the blackberries and basil.
Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice.
Shake well and strain into a stemless Martini glass filled with fresh ice.
Garnish with a blackberry and basil leaf on a toothpick.

We hope you enjoy these cocktails along with your celebrations in the coming weeks. Don't forget to send in yours for us to share :-)


An Iguana's History of the Margarita

Margaritas are officially America’s favorite mixed cocktail and we can see why. With the scrumptious combination of tequila, orange flavored liquor and lime juice - how could you go wrong? Served shaken, frozen or on the rocks, it’s refreshing and perfect to end a hot summer like this one.  But where did the Margarita come from?

The truth is ...not even an iguana knows for sure. Several theories circulate and we’ll let you be the judge. Leave us a comment to place your vote.

1.    Honoring Hot Germans.

 In October 1941, at Hussong’s Cantina in Ensenada, Mexico, a bored, bottle-flipping Don Carlos Orozco was greeted by the daughter of a German diplomat, named Margarita Henkel. In an attempt to impress the lovely European lady, he whipped up a unique concoction and proceeded to name it after her to show the source of the drink’s inspiration (and probably try to land a date.) His Margarita has equal parts of tequila, orange liquor and lime juice over ice with a salted rim.

2. Calling all Dancers

In the late thirties, Carlos “Danny” Herrera, a bartender at a Mexican hotel, El Rancho La Gloria, had a thing for a special showgirl, a Zeigfeld dancer named Majorie King. He invented the tasty treat to woo her into dancing for him. Herrera shared the recipe with another bartender, Albert Hernandez, who brought it from Mexico to San Diego in 1947.

3.    A Wild Daisy (Prohibition Changes)

An early 20th century American cocktail called the Daisy was made with brandy, orange liquor and lime juice. During prohibition, people wandered across the border in the search for booze. Swapping brandy for the local libation (tequila) made the Margarita, a Spanish word for daisy.

Whatever the true history of this common tequila drink, we certainly enjoy them today and have made lots of changes and combinations in the original recipe. They can be made with a variety of fruits, like mango, strawberry, or orange, liquors, like melon or raspberry, and even lemons in place of lime. While the recipes may change, the idea stays the same. Sip one on a summer day. Take your temperature down and give your sense of humor a boost.