Adding just a splash of tequila to a salad dressing, dessert, or savory dish can send flavors in a new and exciting direction.
Tequila Beyond the Bar
Fermented from the sweet sap of the agave plant, tequila is an imported liquor with a strong 80- to 100-proof punch. Well-aged
tequilas are best for sipping. But standard varieties add their subtle fire power to sweet and savory dishes, and, of course,
the popular margarita cocktail.
A cumin-lime vinaigrette spiked with a tiny amount of tequila adds a little something extra to this gorgeous grilled salad
of peaches and fresh mozzarella cheese. As the seasons change, consider substituting heirloom tomatoes, plums, and other soft
fruits for the peaches. We found traditional peaches work better in this dish than white peaches, which have more sugar and
water and don't hold up as well on the grill.
A surprisingly quick and upscale Mexican meal, this easy stew is made with crispy cornmeal-ancho-and-chili-crusted pork tenderloin,
tart tomatillos, canned green chiles, jalapeños, and stock. As it simmers, the flavors mellow until it's time for the final
touch: a splash of tequila.Fresh tomatillos come in papery husks, which peel off easily to reveal what looks like small green
tomatoes. They have a tart lemony flavor and must be cooked before eating; a brief stewing will mellow the flavor while leaving
some of the characteristic tang.
Just like the cocktail it's named for, this easy marinade is a four-ingredient flavor explosion of tart, sweet, and salty
all rolled up into one. Here it's used to jazz up chicken wings, but it works wonders for flank steak, grilled pork, and chicken
Stirring a little lime zest and lime juice into angel food cake batter gets the party started. But it's the sweet, boozy glaze
of tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and sugar that rocks this angel food cake into the stratosphere.Tart lime is an ideal
match for the sweet cake. Triple Sec, tequila, and lime juice give the glaze the flavor of a margarita. Use wooden skewers
to poke holes in the cake large enough to let the glaze soak into it.
An easy-to-make adult dessert, the crust for this frozen "strawberry rita" is made with crushed pretzels, butter, and sugar.
And the filling? It's a mix of strawberry ice cream, fresh strawberries, limeade concentrate, orange liqueur, and tequila.This
pie will soften quickly due to the alcohol content, which lowers the freezing temperature of the ice cream.
Serve this refreshing sorbet after a spicy Mexican meal or summer barbecue as a way to tame the heat and end things on a sweet note. Lime juice, sugar, and water are the main ingredients, but a small
splash of tequila livens up the flavors.