The Casamigos Tequila Margarita Cocktail is one of my favorites. A simple cocktail made with great tequila and fresh juices; it’s a favorite year round.
I have a very old memory in the far reaches of my brain that remembers that my first experience with a margarita had me wanting to spit it out. It was awful! I blamed my lack of experience with hard alcohol but over the years I have given that younger version of myself a break…I was right to not like it.
Chances are it was made with ‘gold’ tequila, ready made sweet and sour mix and probably some bottled lime juice. Even thinking of it makes me cringe. I really have come a long way baby and I love margaritas in many forms and fashions but I have to say, this Casamigos Margarita is simple, old school and really as good as they come.
I remember hearing a few years back that George Clooney and his pals Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman had joined forces to launch a tequila brand called Casamigos; a nice contraction of Casa (house) and Amigos (friends) – see, that year of Spanish in 6th grade was worth it! Interestingly enough their original intent was not to make something to be released to the public but simply to have the best-tasting, smoothest tequila to serve to family and friends.
While that has changed with a shift to marketing to the public for which we should be eternally grateful, the methods and results are still the same and their process is unique and dedicated to keeping that quality they loved when just sipping with friends in their homes in Mexico.
Made from hand selected 100% Blue Weber agaves that are grown in the cool climate of the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, they have several steps that make this product special. The agave piñas are roasted in traditional brick ovens for 72 hours, while most others steam theirs for 7 hours.
Their Master Distiller uses a special yeast blend resulting in a consistent, refined flavor, unlike the commercial yeasts others use and they allow for extra slow fermentation; using an 80 hour fermentation process compared to the average of 48.
The end result? What was missing in the first margarita all those many years ago; a smooth tequila without the harsh bite of cheaper brands that suffer from a quicker process and lack of aging. I decided to try their favorite house margarita; it’s simply made with fresh citrus juices along with agave nectar instead of a simple syrup. I’ll use a simple syrup when combining fruits with my favorite margarita base but agave just seems right when making something that you might find in a Mexican casa.
I feel I must share with you my own personal history with George; sure, sure, I know all women love him but he and I have a history and well, I claimed him first. Years ago there was a television show that aired on Saturday nights titled ‘Sisters.’ It was just that; a series about the relationships of four sisters. Swoozie Kurtz, Sela Ward, Patricia Kalember and Julianne Phillips (Bruce Springsteen’s first wife!).
I was a single mom without a personal life…I mean none. I had no family to babysit or help, so except for those 4 days a month when their father pretend parented I never went out. My kids needed me and I both didn’t want to leave them with a sitter, and even if I had wanted to I couldn’t afford it!
So my Saturday nights were television viewing…stop, try not to be too jealous! The last season I recall the character played by Sela Ward met a guy, a cop. She was a high spirited woman and seemingly found the right guy who could deal with it and love her back. And if she were not going to reciprocate I was available but OK, I digress.
He was adorable and, well, adorable. I have included for you a scene of their first kiss (be still my heart) but remember most vividly the last episode of the season. The scene had him leaving their place and getting into a car and when he started it, it blew up. OH NO…not my lover boy!!! I was crushed and I do recall some tears. I’m not even sure I knew his real name but Falconer was dead; gone forever. Sob.
Fast forward to the next year and all the buzz about a show called ER and lo and behold, ‘Falconer’ was one of the main characters, the requisite heartthrob; Dr. Doug Ross. Women all over the world swooned and that swooning has never stopped. Still, I will always know he was mine first (and well, probably a bunch of other lonely hearts women at home with their kids!). So we’ve sort of come full circle…well in a very big stretch of the imagination at least.
George married another woman (What??) and I create cocktails and in that arena we are once again connected. Eat your hearts out…or maybe even better; go forth and buy a bottle of Casamigos Tequila and make one of these cocktails yourself? He signed my bottle. OK, his signature is on every bottle but still…it’s a really great tequila and this is a terrific cocktail and I will still love him forever but now for different reasons. Cheers!
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