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Cocktails And Corpses: Day Of The Dead Cocktails with Sauza® Tequilas

It was a dark and stormy night and the wind was howling like the banshees.  It was four years to the day that they found the twisted bodies of the party guests that were too crocked to go home all asleep in the living room, the staircase and the peculiar guest cradled in the kitchen sink.  Your Halloween may come with your fair share of stories, but what's essential to making any party a memorable one is a glass, a carafe, a pitcher or a bottle of tequila.  People turning into cosmopolitan examples of inebriated zombies in last minute costumes that channel their inner desire to be a garden hoe, bloodsucking vampire or a giant chocolate chip cookie could make for interesting stories, however the inner foodie in me much more prefers the menu over the masquerade.

The seasoned gent in me would rather listen to the stories of others at this time of year not so much in the spirit of Halloween but rather in the spirit of the Day of The Dead.  The lesser known but way more maturely macabre Dia de Los Muertos is a Mexican holiday that celebrates the lives of the loved ones that are gone.  The holiday consists of dinners, gatherings, memorials and a newly formed parade in Mexico City.  Marigolds, ornate skulls, costumes, food and drink and music all characterize  components of this day in Mexico and the Southwestern United States.

So when I say that I'd rather listen to the stories of others this day, I invited my fellow horror movie aficionado over to binge watch scary cult horror flicks and pay homage to the real Day of The Dead with a Weekend of the Dead.  With such an undertaking on tap, what soiree would be a soiree without the presence of tequila this or tequila that?  Luckily my dear friends at Sauza® Tequila, experts at   deliciously smooth 100% blue agave tequilas, offered up some free inspiration in the form of drink and wonderful decorations from Mikasa and Modern Alchemy to get the ball rolling.  So check out these three smooth Sauza® Tequila cocktail recipes and arrangements that I tried out for my Day of The Dead Binge Fest:

Red, Red Rita Remix
Tart and sweet with a citrus kick and the wonderfully smooth taste of Sauza® Silver 

1       part Sauza® Signature Blue Silver Tequila
1       part blood orange juice
1/2    part lime juice
1/2    part simple syrup
1       orange wedge

Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker.  Shake and strain over ice (sugar-rimming the glass optional). Use a blood orange wedge during blood orange season but you can also let a regular orange wedge soak in blood red orange juice for a couple of hours and use that as a garnish.

Bewitching Berry
Refreshing with a balance of citrus, sweet and a nod to a peach tart 
2       parts Sauza® Signature Blue Silver Tequila
1/2    parts peach juice
1/2    parts blackberry puree (pint of blackberries into a food processor, strain and let set 24-48 hrs)
1/2    lemon juice
1       part simple syrup
1       peach slice
1       blackberry

Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker.  Shake and strain over ice into a glass.  Garnish by skewering a fresh blackberry and a slice of peach.  

Bloody Dusk
Slightly smoky seasoned with Sauza® Reposado and equal touches tart & sweet with the pop of heat

2        parts Sauza® Signature Blue Reposado Tequila
1        part blood orange juice
1        part simple syrup
blended pepper rim
ice cubes
orange peel

Add the ingredients to an ice-filled shaker.  Dip the rim of the glass into the pepper mixture of choice.    (I used cayenne, black pepper, chili powder and crushed red pepper flake).  Shake ingredients and pour into glass.  Garnish with thin slices of orange peel.

These are cool recipes that work well for a quiet frightening evening or that can be tweaked for a larger group of rabble rousers.  Just don't drink till you start becoming the walking dead because I want you to be safe and stay enligtened this Day of The Dead and as always please remember to drink responsibly.

Sauza® 100% Blue Agave Tequilas are available at your finer wine and spirit retailers.

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