Savvy Shopping Tips for the At-Home Bartender

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Cinco de Mayo celebrations go hand in hand with tequila, Mexico’s specialty spirit. If you are planning your own Cinco de Mayo fiesta, here are some money-saving tips to mastering a memorable tequila cocktail menu on a budget.
The first key to quality tequila cocktails is mixing with a top-notch tequila. To determine the quality level of tequilas that fit your budget, use the label as your guide map.
The most important quality cue to look for when purchasing tequila is to make sure “100 percent agave tequila” is on the label, your guarantee that the tequila you are drinking is made from 100 percent pure agave with no additives, flavoring or coloring added. Tequila labeled “Oro,” “Joven” or “Gold,” by comparison, indicates designation as a mixto, a lesser quality tequila made with equal parts agave and cane sugar distillates that can often-times lead to hangovers.
There are a handful of great, affordable 100 percent agave tequilas on the market today that sell for $20 or less. Look for Familia Camarena Tequila, a widely available, popular-priced 100 percent agave tequila produced by the respected Camarena family of Mexico whose experience in the tequila making industry spans six generations. Familia Camarena Tequila makes a 100 percent agave silver tequila (unaged) and a 100 percent agave reposado tequila (slightly aged), both great in classic cocktails like the margarita.
Another money-saving tip that also adds a touch of sophistication to your cocktail menu is to use fresh ingredients, as opposed to store-bought mixers. Buying a five-pound bag of limes, for example, not only costs less but will yield more drinks than a one-liter bottle of pre-made margarita mix.
Skip out on expensive liqueurs to add sweetness to your margarita, and instead use a tablespoon of maple syrup from the kitchen cabinet or a tablespoon of agave nectar (natural syrup from agave plants that make tequila), widely available and cheaper than your average orange liqueur.
For an upscale, fresh and inexpensive margarita, impress guests this Cinco de Mayo with this easy recipe.

Camarena Margarita

1 oz Familia Camarena Reposado Tequila
2 oz fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon agave nectar
In a cocktail shaker combine all of the ingredients and add ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a glass over ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.
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