9 Ways to Cook with Tequila

Earlier this year I had the privilege of visiting the town of Tequila in Mexico, near Guadalajara. This not only exposed me to Jose Cuervo’s insanely cool distillery, but also granted me the opportunity to lord over people by informing them that a town called Tequila actually exists, and is the home of the liquor by the same name. Who knew?

During my visit I also had the chance to ingest a tremendous amount of tequila—I counted 16 drinks in two days. Definitely the classiest bender I’ve ever been on. But the tequila wasn’t just in shot form, it was applied to a number of different ingestible delectables, expanding my expectations of how tequila can be applied. I left Mexico with a new respect for tequila, no longer associating it with the get drunk quick drink of my college years.

Made from the agave cactus, tequila is actually quite the respectable beverage. First of all, agave are pollinated by bats, and that’s just badass. Second, 100% agave tequila like what I drank at the Jose Cuervo distillery is full of flavor, and like wine the experience can be altered with food pairings. Unsurprisingly, tequila is becoming the liquor of choice in new recipes, adding a delicious element to classic favorites.

Here are nine ways to stealthily get your tequila fix while meeting your Pinterest goals:

1. Margarita Marinade

Tequila mixed with lime juice, honey, garlic and ground cumin make for an excellent marinade for grilled chicken. The bite of the alcohol will get cooked out while the agave undertones of tequila come through to create the perfect flavor.

2. Margarita Angel Cake

Cake and tequila is a synonym for “dream come true.” Angel Cake is basically a starter cake waiting to be flavored, and is divine with a tequila-lime glaze. Make it a poke cake to let that glaze seep in and really complete the flavor profile.

3. Spicy Pineapple and Tequila Sorbet

We recently saw a recipe for fish juice ice cream, and while we aren’t judging those who might enjoy that, we think this is a far more delightful dessert alternative. There are many variations on turning tequila into ice cream, but this spicy pineapple and tequila sorbet is especially tantalizing. The sour fruit balances out the spicy aleppo chile, and the boozy tequila brings in a “vegetal complexity” that is sure to win you social brownie points, should you have the opportunity to repeat the phrase “vegetal complexity.”

4. Tequila Shrimp Ceviche

Honestly nothing sounds more appetizing than fresh shrimp accompanied by good tequila. Doesn’t a lounge chair on the Gulf of Mexico come to mind? Get that feeling any time, anywhere with this yummy tequila-infused recipe.

5. Tequila-Soaked Watermelon Wedges

“Nothing says “Martha Stewart goes to a frat party” quite like this recipe for Tequila-Soaked Watermelon Wedges,” and that’s just about the best description for fruit that’s ever existed. You can thank tequila for that. You’ll actually be making a sort of syrup to achieve this recipe, rather than just pumping a watermelon full of booze, but it’s worth every second of effort.

6. Tequila Sunrise Cupcakes

It would be easy to throw back cupcakes and chase them with tequila shots, but this recipe calls for a bit more ingenuity. Mix orange juice, grenadine and tequila into cupcake batter and voila; you’ve just been uninvited from all children’s birthday parties, but invited backstage at all Eagles concerts.

7. Tequila Cheese Dip

We’ve focused on a lot of sweet foods thus far, so here’s the queso you’ve been waiting for. What’s great about this recipe, besides getting to eat tequila and cheese at the same time, is that you can achieve the necessary glaze of the tequila by igniting it with fire.

8. Tequila Refried Beans

We wouldn’t call this a huge departure from the previous cheese dip recipe, but it’s so delicious that it deserves a shout out. It includes a reduction of tequila that cooks out all the alcohol, but once again adds that “vegetal complexity,” the desire for which our parents instilled in all of us.

9. Margarita Bombe Cookies

Non-straightedge vegans will be stoked about this scrumptious cookie recipe. Not only is it chock full of tequila mousse, which should be on all foods by the way, it can be cooked in all sorts of colors, and is entirely animal product-free.

Is It Safe To Drink Tequila After Wine? Can You Mix Them?

A lot of people wonder what drinks they can mix, and whether or not it’d actually be dangerous. That’s why the question of whether or not it’s safe to wine and tequila in the same sitting. I say ‘same sitting,’ but what I mean is drinking both within a very short timeframe, such as drinking both on a night out.

When many people ask whether they can mix wine and tequila, what they normally mean is whether or not there’ll be any negative reactions if they were to mix the two, compared to if they were going to drink just one or the other, or even a combination of two other drinks.

So, with that in mind, can you mix wine and tequila? Well, the answer is a little bit complicated, as it’s one of those ‘yes and no’ questions. But first, why don’t we take a look at what tequila and wine actually are.

What Is The Difference Between Wine And Tequila?

In short, tequila is a type of liquor. It’s a distilled spirit that is composed of the blue agave plant, which only really grows in Tequila, Mexico. Because of that, the vast majority of production facilities of it are located in the area around there. Think of what the Champagne region and wine mean together, and you’re pretty close to how important this region is for the spirit.

According to Mexican Law, tequila can be produced only in the state of Jalisco and limited regions in the states of Michoacán, Guanajuato, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas. That being said, though, most other parts of the manufacturing process, such as bottling and international shipping, can be done anywhere else. However, in other countries, as long as there’s at least 51% of the drink made up of the blue agave plant, then they can be branded tequila.

Generally speaking, the alcohol content in tequila ranges between 38% and 40%. However, it’s not uncommon to see tequila with an alcohol content as low as 31% and as high as 55%.

Wine, however, couldn’t be more different. The only real similarity between wine and tequila is that they’re both made from either a plant or fruit, so they’ve got a natural core product. Wine is an alcohol that’s made up of fermented grapes. However, this brings up what exactly fermentation is and how it makes grapes into wine. To sum it up quickly:

Fermentation is when sugar from a fruit, such as a grape or an apple, starts to join with yeast and bacteria. In most cases, the fruit needs to be crushed and then have these two added; however, with grapes, it’s slightly more complicated than that. You see, grape juice and sugar are located on the inside of the grape, whereas yeast is abundant in the skin of the grape.

Once the grapes are allowed to ferment, the sugar will start to blend with the yeast and bacteria in order to start creating alcohol. As the fermentation process proceeds, the sugar content will gradually reduce to around the 2% range, while the alcohol content will gradually increase to between 9% and 12%, depending on how long you let it ferment for.

Different Types Of Tequila

There are multiple types of tequila. Generally speaking, they all offer a different flavor and often have different amounts of alcohol content. They can be broken down into five different categories, namely:

  • Blanco (white) or Plata (silver): white spirit, un-aged and bottled or stored immediately after distillation, or aged less than two months in stainless steel or neutral oak barrels
  • Joven (young) or Oro (gold): usually a mixture, and thus rarely 100% agave plant with added coloring
  • Reposado (rested): aged a minimum of two months, but less than a year in oak barrels of any size
  • Añejo (aged or vintage): aged a minimum of one year, but less than three years in small oak barrels
  • Extra Añejo (extra aged or ultra aged): aged a minimum of three years in oak barrels.

Different Types Of Wine

While there are five types of tequila, there are only three different types of wine; red, white and rosé. Wines generally get their appearance and color from what’s used to create it; stained grapes for Rosé, dark grape skins are used for red and non-colored pulp for white wine.

These generally have different tastes because of that; however, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ll have different alcohol contents, as that’s normally down to the specific breed of grape, no matter the color, as well as how long it’s left to ferment for.

Can You Mix Wine And Tequila?

Now that you know the key differences between wine and tequila, it’s time to figure out if you can mix them. As we already mentioned, it’s a bit of a ‘yes and no’ question. There’s very little danger in mixing them, compared to mixing other drinks.

Read about 35 Tequila Drinks by TOWN&COUNTRY.

The only real danger, according to a number of reports, is knowing your own limits when it comes to alcohol, which is the case regardless of whether you’re mixing your drinks, or what drinks you’re mixing.

That being said, though, if you’re not much of a tequila drinker, then it’s worth noting how alcoholic it actually is. As we’ve already mentioned, most tequilas are at least 31% and can go up to 55%, meaning that it’s more alcoholic than many other drinks. Because of that, you’ll need to keep an eye on how much of it that you’re drinking, as well as whatever you’re drinking it with, such as wine.

Because of that, it’s best to stick to your own level of comfort, as well as within any safe limits. After all, everyone needs to drink responsibly, no matter what they’re drinking or mixing.

Having said that, though, it is comparatively safe to drink tequila after wine, or vice versa, as it doesn’t seem to have any more adverse side effects compared to mixing any other drinks. Because of that, you can definitely mix wine and tequila.

Bizarre Facts About Wine and Your Sex Drive

Wine and sex is definitely not a pairing that instantly comes into mind. However, even though we don’t talk about it, wine is used as a social lubricant all the time–which left us wondering…

Why is Wine and Sex a Thing?

In 2009, an Italian research group published a study that showed a correlation of drinking wine –specifically red wine– increased the sexual appetite of women. The study queried 800 Italian women who drank red wine, other alcohol, or no alcohol at all. The red wine drinkers scored 2 points higher than other alcohol drinkers, and 4 more points than teetotalers. Overall, the study isn’t enough to support wine and sex drive, but it did inspire more research.

Why Alcohol Makes You Horny, Hungry, and Hot:

Alcohol in small amounts will increase your libido. It will also make you hungry and feel flushed. This is because ethanol stimulates a primitive part of your brain called the hypothalamus, which is located right above your brain stem. This portion of the brain regulates basic human functions, including body temperature, hunger, hormone levels, parental attachment behavior and, of course, sex drive.

Moderation is Key: You only need a little bit of wine to feel these effects. You’d be surprised how many people don’t realize this, but too much wine over your weight limit is bad for you. Not that I don’t trust you, but one can never stop talking about the importance of moderation.

Smelling Your Wine Will Turn You On

Several studies have been conducted over the last 10 years attempting to identify what smells activate the sex drives in women and men. While this science is still very new and also pretty complex, it’s been suggested that certain smells turn us on. Oddly enough, a lot of the aromas found in wine are the aromas that turn us on.

Women are Aroused by Different Smells than Men

Aromas that Arouse Women:

 Women tend to get turned on by musky, earthy, woody, licorice-y, and cherry-like aromas.

While we don’t have conclusive evidence, these flavor descriptions sound a lot like words used to describe fine Nebbiolo, Barbera, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, and even rustic Pinot Noir.

Aromas That Arouse Men:

 Men tend to get turned by with lavender, caramel, butter, orange, licorice, baking spice, and vanilla-like aromas.

We can’t make definitive claims but many of these aromas are commonly found in fine Champagne, Moscato, Dry Sherry, Tawny Port, Vin Santo, Grenache, Syrah, and even Rosé wines.

Your Smell Memory Unconsciously Conditions You

Smell memories, or olfactory memories, are some of the strongest and longest lasting memories we have. You’ve probably experienced explicit olfactory memories in which certain aromas bring back specific memories from the past. However, you might not know that there are also implicit olfactory memories that are unconscious, priming or conditioning us to behave in a certain way.

Thus, if you’ve had really wild nights in the past with a particular sparkling rosé wine, it’s quite possible that you’ve unconsciously conditioned yourself to become aroused with the wine’s aromas. Of course, to build these aroma memories, you need to start taking the time to really sniff your wines.

Check out this article titled “What Different Alcoholic Drinks Do For Your Sex Life” by Maxim.com.

Other Strange Reasons Why Wine is an Aphrodisiac

Perhaps you’ve heard that wine and chocolate are aphrodisiacs. So why is this? Well, it’s been suggested that it’s because of the presence of amines. Amines are organic compounds that are present in very small amounts in wine.

Several analyses of red wines including, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc, indicated that wines with the highest amounts of amines tend to be made with natural yeasts, oak-aged, unfined, unfiltered and had undergone malolactic fermentation.

A few of the common amines found in red wine are histamine, tyramine, spermidine, putrescine and serotonin. Histamine correlates to an increased sex drive, alertness, and weight loss. However, despite its positives as a stimulant, histamine can also cause inflammation and hypertension in people who are highly sensitive to it. So again, with all things… moderation is key.

If You Want To Have Better Sex, Just Drink Some Red Wine

It’s a long established fact that people get horny when they drink. It’s just science. The smart parts of your brain slow to a glacial pace, while the parts that deal with sex stay woke as ever, hence why whiskey makes you frisky, and tequila makes you black out and hook up with anyone with a pulse.

But guess what? Not all booze treats your sex life the same. Apparently, if you want to have amazing sex and get a nice little buzz going on, you should reach for a bottle of red wine, because recent research found that people who drink moderate amounts of red wine have higher sex drives than those who prefer a cocktail, or something.

The research found that men who drank two glasses of red wine per day had higher testosterone levels than dudes who didn’t drink red wine, which explains their heightened libido, considering testosterone is the “manly” hormone.

Apparently, the quercetin in the wine blocks the UGT2B17 enzyme, which flushes testosterone out of the body. And obviously, when you have a little extra testosterone in your system, you get horny!

And guess what else? Red wine makes the ladies horny too, because it heightens blood flow to her erogenous zones, thereby increasing sensitivity and arousal, which is never a bad thing.

Plus, the same study also found that women who drank red wine were waaay hornier than those who opted for something else, and other studies have shown that women get turned on by aromas such as cherry-like, musky, earthy, and woody, which are all found in red wine.

So yeah, forget the whiskey or the rum or whatever — serving red wine for date night is definitely the right thing to do.