National Margarita day is NEXT WEEK, February 22! While this day of celebration might not take place in the traditional bar or club setting this year, that doesn’t mean an at-home fiesta isn’t off the table.
222 is an important number in Latino culture, representing that something good is coming your way. It also means to pay attention to important people around you and cultivate meaningful relationships.
Founded by Latino Harlem, NY native, Joe Cruz Jr., YaVe Tequila is the key to unlocking a guilt free laid-back drinking experience whether it is behind your camera on a Zoom with friends, or at a safe in-person setting. At only 60 calories a shot, unlike any other Tequila, YaVe offers a distinctly clean and ultra-smooth taste. Handcrafted and double-distilled with volcanic water, whether it’s sipped on the rocks or mixed in a drink, this smooth tequila will not disappoint.
Below are some festive drink recipes from YaVe that you can make to celebrate:
Preparation: Add all ingredients together EXCEPT soda water and shake in one glass. In another glass, pour the mixture over ice and then top it off with the soda water at the end for a refreshing drink!
LA BRIESA – JALAPENO MARGARITA
2 ounces YaVe Jalapeño Tequila
Muddled Red Peppers
1 ounce Pineapple Juice
Pro tip: Try adding Japanese shichimi or jalapeño salt for decoration and an extra kick!
TEQUILAJITO – TEQUILA MOJITO
2 ounces YaVe Coconut Tequila (or Blanco Tequila)
1 ounce Pineapple Juice
.75 ounces Ginger Simple Syrup
6 Mint Leaves
4 Lime Wedges
1 dash of Fee Brothers W. Indies Orange Bitters
Mint Sprig Garnish
Pro tip: Muddle the mint, lime, and sugar first. Add remaining ingredients and shake with ice. Add bitters and garnish at the end.
Drake’s Organic Spirits recently announced that its Drake’s Organic Spiked Ice freeze-and-eat adult pops are outselling established national vodka and tequila brands in California, according to sales numbers from Southern Glazer Wine & Spirits, the largest wine and spirits distributor in the United States.
Drake’s Organic Spiked Ice are handheld ice pops that feature 15% ABV and only 80 calories each. Spiked Ice is available in four flavors: Mango Rum Punch, Vodka Lemonade, Watermelon Martini and Classic Mojito. Award-winning all-organic, ultra-premium vodka and white rum makes up Drake’s Organic Spirits. As a result, they contain no artificial colors or flavors and freeze with twice the ABV as other brands.
“We know consumers care about the ingredients that go into the products they’re eating and drinking.” No state is as committed to organic products and sustainability than California. In California, 90% of households buy organic on a regular basis. Drake’s Organic Spirits commits to producing spirits made with the highest quality organic, non-GMO ingredients. These are better for the body and planet,” said Drake’s Founder and CEO Mark Anderson.
Drake’s Organic Spirits is the first and only spirit line in the world to be certified USDA organic, non-GMO Project Verified, gluten-free, vegan and kosher. As a result, the five certifications ensure a cleaner drinking option that comes only from the highest quality organic ingredients.
Drake’s Organic Premium Vodka was awarded Double Gold and Drake’s Organic White Rum received Gold at the most recent Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) Convention & Exposition in Orlando, FL. The judges are industry experts who blind taste-test each spirit. Therefore, the most prestigious in the industry recognizes and respects Drake’s Organic White Rum.
Drake’s Organic Spiked Ice, Organic Vodka, Organic White Rum, Organic Spiced Rum and Organic Mixes are available at hundreds of locations throughout California including select Ralphs, Save Mart, Lucky, FoodMaxx, Albertsons, Vons and Target stores. However, if you would like a complete list of locations offering Drake’s products, click HERE.
About Drake’s Organic Spirits
In 2017 Minneapolis-based Drake’s Organic Spirits launched. Drake’s sources the highest quality USDA organic and non-GMO Project Verified ingredients to create a line of ultra-premium spirits and mixers. The Drake’s spirit line currently consists of Drake’s Organic Vodka, Drake’s Organic White Rum and Drake’s Organic Spiced Rum. Organic cane sugar, rather than grain, which produces a smooth, clean aftertaste, makes up Drake’s Organic Spirits. Drake’s Spirits are all 12-times distilled, creating an ultra-premium hand-crafted spirit at a price that beats the leading premium brands. Drake’s recently began producing bulk sanitizer to meet the need for cleaner, safer environments.
This holiday season, it’s time to celebrate with loved ones and enjoy every special moment! 1800 Cristalino is here to make sure this holiday is a memorable one. Cristalino is the brands newest ultra-premium expression and unlike any other tequila on the market. Similar to precious gems, it uses raw, natural materials that are transformed through time, pressure & craftsmanship making it perfect for those special occasions. Raise a glass to the new year with these new 1800 Cristalino cocktails!
CAFÉ CRISTALINO*Pictured Above*
1.2 oz 1800 Cristalino
1 oz espresso
.05 oz coffee liqueur
1 tsp vanilla syrup
Add all ingredients to shaker. Shake with ice and strain!
1.5 oz 1800 Cristalino
1 oz pomegranate juice
.05 simple syrup
Top with soda
Build in a highball glass. Stir to incorporate!
2 oz 1800 Cristalino
.75 oz Ginger Syrup
.75 oz lime
1 tsp Allspice Dram
Splash of Soda
Add all ingredients except soda to a cocktail shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice!
To kickoff the holiday season, 360 Magazine launched its very own collection of bottles, stemware, and glasses in collaboration with Integrity Bottles. The bottles are sand-carved by hand with the 360 logo, painted, and etched with our trademark in either deep etch (no color), silver, or gold. The collection features seven products.
There are four glassware options for buyers. For fervent wine-lovers, this collection includes a stemless wine glass. The wine glass is priced from $19.99. Particularly for those who prefer to drink whiskey, the 360 Magazine Whiskey Rocks Glass is ready and waiting. It is 10 ounces and retails for $19.99. Beer drinkers have two options as well. The collection offers a 16 ounce beer/pint glass that retails for $19.99 for the first option and a gibraltar beer mug, which retails for $29.99.
As the holiday season approaches, a gift from the collection would surely not disappoint.
Integrity Bottles is a small business that started amongst friends. The shop then transitioned to Etsy and then to its own online site. Now, Integrity Bottles has sold more than 3,200 bottles, and earned 265 5-star reviews. They offer customizable glassware, water bottles, accessories, and free domestic shipping for orders over $50. The company is run by military veterans and former law enforcement.
Use the code “360MAG20” for 20% of your first purchase of glassware from the 360 Magazine collection. Also, the code “GIVEBACK” will save you 5% on a separate order, not limited to the 360 Magazine collection.
1800 Tequila is commemorating its official partnership with the Los Angeles Rams and offering LA fans the ultimate at-home tailgate experience. They will be teaming up with the popular food truck Mariscos Jalisco for the 1800 Taco Tailgatesweepstakes.
The 1800 Taco Tailgate sweeps offers lucky Los Angeles residents a chance to win a doorstop delivery of 1800 LA Ritas (1800 Tequila x Los Angeles Rams signature cocktail!) and Mariscos Jalisco tacos by the 1800 Taco Tailgate truck.
Enter ahead of the Rams Week Seven game against the Chicago Bears on October 26th by posting a video of your best “Rams Chant” on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #1800TacoChallenge.
1800 Tequila, the world’s most awarded tequila line, today announces 1800 Tequila is the Official Tequila of the Los Angeles Rams, marking the brand’s first professional football team partnership. As two heritage brands with award-winning credentials and historical roots in Mexico and Southern California respectively, 1800 Tequila and the Los Angeles Rams unite to bring the best taste in tequila to game days.
1800 Tequila and the Los Angeles Rams are rolling out a playbook to help Rams fans celebrate game day at home with programs including:
1800 Play For Sweeps – A sweepstakes that challenges fans to showcase how they celebrate gameday on Instagram and Twitter, with the hashtag #1800PlayForSweeps. Prizes include $1,800 in merchandise credit to the official LA Rams Fan Shop during the month of October. For more information on how to participate, please visit here.
1800 Taco Tailgate – For the ultimate at-home tailgate experience, 1800 Tequila is teaming up with LA-based creator and actor Travis ‘Taco’ Bennett and popular Mexican food truck Mariscos Jalisco to launch 1800 Taco Tailgate. The contest allows lucky Los Angeles residents to win a visit from the 1800 Taco Tailgate for a doorstep delivery of 1800 Tequila cocktails and Mariscos Jalisco tacos on game day. Fans can enter ahead of the Rams Week Seven game when they host Chicago on October 26th by posting on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #1800TacoChallenge. For more information on how to participate, please visit here.
1800 LA Rita – Rams fans watching the game at home can create a version of the 1800 LA Rita, 1800 Tequila’s signature LA Rams’ cocktail, by ordering 1800 Silver on Saucey, ReserveBar or Drizly and combining 1800 Silver, lime juice, agave syrup and fresh squeezed orange juice in a shaker, and shaking and straining into a salted rocks glass garnished with a lime wedge (full recipe available here).
In honor of Mexican Independence Day and National Guacamole Day, which both fall on Wednesday, September 16, Mercadito, known for its authentic Mexican cuisine, delicious tequila and mezcal-based specialty cocktails and voted a top Mexican restaurant in Chicago, is celebrating with a week-long special menu available from Monday, September 14 – Sunday, September 20. Mercadito’s limited-time menu includes Chile en Nogada, a traditional dish originating from Puebla comprised of poblano pepper, pork picadillo, walnut sauce and pomegranate, Pozole Rojo, a traditional pork and hominy stew with guajillo chile, Pomegranate Guacamole with avocado, habanero, mint and pomegranate seeds, and a Guacamole Flight, which includes tastes of Mercadito’s traditional guacamole, toreado guacamole and the pomegranate guacamole for $18. Perfect for pairing, each day of the week will feature a different Tequila and Mezcal Flight, featuring three one-ounce pours of various agave spirits for $15. Mercadito is currently open for indoor and patio dining in Chicago’s River North neighborhood at 108 W. Kinzie and also offers takeout and delivery.
With National Tequila Day (July 24th) around the corner, celebrate with a new cocktail from JAJA Tequila called the JAJA-peño Margarita!
1.5 oz JAJA Blanco
1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 oz Triple Sec
1/2 oz Agave Syrup
2 Jalapeño slices
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice to chill the mixture and pour over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a rounded lime and serve!
Pronounced “HA HA,” JAJA was founded in 2018 by brothers Maurice and Elliot Tebele and their childhood friend Martin Hoffstein, with the mission of creating a fun, modern and authentic luxury tequila. Soon after they expanded their team to include Alex Pall and Drew Taggart of the DJ duo The Chainsmokers as Co-Owners of the brand. All the products in JAJA’s portfolio are produced using slow non-industrial methods at a heritage distillery led by a group of distillers who have over fifty years of experience in the industry. JAJA’s three varieties (Blanco, Reposado and Añejo) are all available nationwide. Priced between $34.99 – $52.99.
Reintroducing Santa Monica’s Premier Cocktail Bar and Mexican Restaurant
Open in Time for One-Year Anniversary
Following the Official County of Los Angeles Department of Health guidelines, Lanea is proud to reopen its doors in time for their one-year anniversary with a new cruise-up take-out option featuring convenient cocktails and tacos for pick-up, expanded outdoor dining, and meal packages, all of which will make it easier and more affordable to safely eat outdoors as well as order takeout and/or delivery. To celebrate their return and one-year anniversary, this beachy Santa Monica cocktail bar and restaurant is launching an all-day “Taco & Tequila Happy Hour” with $2 tacos and $9 cocktails daily throughout the Summer, additional specials for National Tequila Day, and a variety of to-go fiesta meal packs including their Picnic Package, perfect for a day at the park or beach.
Located two blocks from the beach, Lanea is a spirit-driven cocktail bar and restaurant with an extensive variety of over 400 hand-selected Mezcals and tequilas. Their authentic Mexican cuisine is prepared by Petra Zavaleta, who hails from Tepeaca, Puebla, and rose to foodie fame with her underground barbacoa pop-ups, and later opened their eatery Barbakush in East L.A. Praised as one of the best Mexican eateries on the Westside, Petra and her family source their lamb locally from Chino Hills and prepare their barbacoa in an earthen pit, cooking it slowly over an open fire. Offering five different styles of classic tacos on their handmade-to-order corn tortillas, as well as chips and guacamole, they are the perfect complement to Lanea’s unique cocktail menu.
“It’s been a difficult and stressful year for Santa Monica’s small businesses, and I know we will collectively band together to weather all the hurdles 2020 has brought us. Petra and I, who are both immigrants, alongside our other partners, are really thankful and humbled by the local support as we continue to offer a safe, affordable outlet for the local community,” say owner Peter Trinh. “Come by and check out our new to-go small batched cocktails, canned in-house or our handmade gluten-free tacos, as we’d love to have you as our guest again.”
Upon reopening, Lanea has revamped their landscape and dining experience to safely accommodate customers, implementing the necessary protocols, to enhance the safety of patrons with regards to COVID-19. Lanea has added outdoor dining while abiding by the six-foot social distancing mandatory safety guidelines. Additional safety protocols include administering temperature checks to employees and diners, UV-light sanitizing, all staff must wear masks and gloves, hand sanitizer is readily available, and contactless ordering and payment has been implemented.
Lanea will be celebrating their one-year anniversary all Summer long with the launch of their new, all-day “Taco & Tequila Happy Hour,” featuring $2 tacos (of your choice), $9 canned cocktails (regularly $13), and frozen cocktails. Happy hour specials include $6 Chips & Guacamole and $4 Consome, which is bone broth with chipotle chickpeas, onion, and cilantro. Check Instagram for other anniversary specials and National Tequila Day celebrations on July 24th.
Patrons can enjoy a variety of $2 taco offerings including Barbacoa Tacos, wrapped in banana leaves and are pit-roasted underground, served with guacamole; Asada Tacos, grilled steak seasoned with Petra’s seasoning, served with guacamole; Pollo Tacos, grilled chicken seasoned with Petra’s seasonings, served with guacamole, cilantro and onions; Vegetarian Tacos, with mushrooms and spinach; Sopes Tacos, with beans and asada topped with Mexican cream, served with guacamole, cilantro and onions; Pescado Tacos, tilapia served with lettuce and garlic seasoning; and lastly Pescado con Mango Taco, tilapia served with mango, jalapeno, green & red pepper, and avocado. All tacos are handmade-to-order on 100% gluten-free corn tortillas, with the option to make any of the tacos into quesadillas for $2 more. Brunch tacos and quesadillas are available daily until 4pm.
Patrons can choose from a variety of items by viewing Lanea’s full menu here. Guests can also enjoy the “Fiesta Meal-Packs” such as the Picnic Pack which comes with six tacos of your choice, chips and pico de gallo, two handmade cocktails, and a Mexican-themed blanket, all for just $45. Or choose the Chill in the Sun Pack which contains four tacos of your choice, chips and pico de gallo, and two handmade frozen cocktails. Picnic Pack ($45) Lanea’s hand-crafted cocktails are also available to-go. Summer menu additions include the Third Street Sling made with Hibiscus Patron Tequila, fresh lemon, passionfruit, pineapple, or the Jungle Bird Scooter with Vida Mezcal, fresh lemon, ginger, Campari. For $9, they can sip on a variety of signature canned cocktails such as the Paloma made with The Chainsmokers’ JAJA Tequila containing grapefruit tonic and Aperol, or the Margarita with Cazadores tequila, fresh lime, demerara, orange liqueur. Lanea is also offering to-go bottles and flasks of a limited edition, rotating selection of craft beverages with bottle art created by local artist, Ryan Gilden.
Lanea is located at 217 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA, and hours of operation are daily from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Delivery of food and alcohol is available through UberEats, Grubhub, Postmates, and Toast. Pickup is available by calling the restaurant directly at 424-265-PIER (7437). Alcoholic beverages are available to-go with food on all platforms except UberEats (currently not an option via Uber). Order online here.
With Summer upon us, there is nothing better than soaking up the sun with a drink in hand. That’s why JAJA Tequila, co-owned by The Chainsmokers, developed four easy AND delicious cocktail recipes for you to enjoy whether you’re barbequing or hanging poolside.
Adapted from the classic Sasha Petraske cocktail by Liquor Lab NY
1.5 oz JAJA Blanco
.75 oz Lemon Juice
1 bar spoonful Raspberry Jam
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into coupe glass. Garnish with an orange.
Cucumber Basil Margarita
By Liquor Lab NY
1.5 oz JAJA Blanco
.5 oz Lime
.5 oz Cucumber Juice
.75 oz Opal Basil syrup
Shake JAJA Blanco with Lime Juice, Cucumber Juice (or muddled cucumber) with ice to chill. Pour over ice or serve neat.
Grapefruit Tequila Spritzer
1.5 oz JAJA Reposado Tequila
1.5 oz Grapefruit Juice
Top with lime soda
Cucumber slices and rosemary to garnish
1.5 oz JAJA Añejo
.75 oz Lime Juice
.25 oz Simple Syrup
Top with Ginger Beer
Serve over ice. Garnish with candied ginger and lime!
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