Have you ever heard of a Shandy? It’s a cocktail that is a combination of beer and lemonade and it’s never really appealed to me. Probably due to that beer part since I’m not much of a beer drinker. Still, when Hornitas crafted a cocktail just for our Denver Broncos, I was tempted and took the bait and you know what? I loved this take on it. The addition of the orange elements certainly helped and tequila sure didn’t hurt but this cocktail reminds me of my love affair with beer bread. I can tell it’s there but it’s not front and center and that I seem to like in both bread and beer cocktails! This Denver Broncos Orange Shandy was a great mix of flavors and actually went down VERY easily.
The street I live on in my new neighborhood is in the shape of a horseshoe which means I’ve gotten to know the folks on my side but not so much the ones on the bottom arc or on the opposing side. One neighbor took it upon herself to organize a block party last weekend and we brought together dishes to share and I offered a cocktail too. This was a noon affair and the orange juice component made this cocktail seem absolutely appropriate. Sharing it meant just one cocktail per person and that was good…if you look at the ingredients it’s evident it’s actually a rather potent little number.
Have to give it to the folks at Hornitas; this was very well received. I used Hornitos® Plata Tequila which is a premium tequila that is made from the flesh of the Blue Agave, it was authentic and fresh while still maintaining its tequila edge. This tequila is double distilled so it exudes smoothness with hints of clove and floral spices. Hornitos® signature cultivated yeast and sealed production system ensure that Hornitos® Plata retains its unique agave flavor and we enjoyed how well the clean and crisp flavor balanced so perfectly with the orange juice and lager. There is a game Sunday and I’m thinking this will be in demand again!
I saw a map last week showing the geographic reach of different football teams and I was surprised to see how far and wide Broncos fans are across this country. So cheers to the Broncos and ALL of their fans; from North Dakota to Kansas…this ones for you!
Denver Broncos Orange Shandy
- 1 cup Hornitos® Plata Tequila
- 1/4 cup Orange Liqueur or Triple Sec
- 1/4 cup chilled orange juice
- 2 12-oz bottled chilled lager
- Orange slices for garnish
- Mix tequila, orange liqueur and orange juice in a pitcher filled with ice. Add lager and stir.
- Serve over ice in short or tall glasses.
- Garnish with orange slice.
I was provided with a sample bottle of the Hornitas Tequila but all commentary is my own.