Like most of us, your first experience with tequila likely involved salt, lime and a shot glass, or maybe a refreshing frozen concoction, both given to us by the agave plant. Tequila is almost a rite of passage and is a staple of Mexican heritage, but it’s waymore than a drink.
Cooking With Tequila
In Mexican cuisine, tequila is not only an ideal sipping drink on the rocks but a popular and versatile ingredient that gives certain foods a little more punch and a savory brightness. From watermelon-soaked tequila appetizers to hot and spicy chili, chunky salsa, or fresh, delicious ceviche, tequila complements a variety of foods, flavors and tastes.
The key to cooking with Tequila is to be bold! Don’t be afraid to experiment and try it with your food. Just as the French toss a bit of red or white wine into the creative pot and kettle, tequila is equally sophisticated and friendly. Another thing to remember is to give your food the good stuff. Use a quality tequila to cook with that will be as nice to your dish as it would be to your stomach.
When combined with fresh lime juice, local honey, some garlic, cumin and cilantro, tequila provides the base for a spectacular, zesty and flavorful marinade. It’s excellent with chicken and fish, and also complements beef and pork dishes, too! Delicious and tangy without being too sour, it adds a brightness to any kitchen creation.
Nothing says ‘party’ like this! Soak watermelon in quality tequila and watch your guests ooh and ahh as they devour the scrumptious, smooth, slightly syrupy appetizer faster than lightning. You can also try other fruits, like cantaloupe, strawberry, mango and pineapple. This is a perfect treat for a summer gathering, and it’s really easy to make.
Shrimp and tequila have a flavor compatibility that nothing compares to. The light, buttery taste of the shrimp gets a little kick and lift from the tequila for a mouth-watering snack or main dish.
Yep. Tequila and confection partner up very well too. Orange juice, grenadine and tequila mixed into cake batter create yummy cupcakes. Or try making a tequila/lime glaze to top off an angel food cake for a surprise on the taste buds. If you want to try something cooler and lighter, try tequila and pineapple in sorbet. Your guests will never leave.
Cooking with tequila is easy as well as delicious. Here at Papa Lopez, we have our own delicious, creative dishes, and we would love to recommend some choices for you to try with us. Stop in tonight for your next family dinner!