Last Thursday night, #NZContentCollective and I hosted a Margarita Masterclass at Mexico in Britomart.
One of my other loves (besides food) is T E Q U I L A!
I mostly like it straight, and of course, in Margaritas – my favourite cocktail! Since travelling around Mexico two years ago (including visiting the Jose Cuervo Distillery in the town of Tequila and learning about the history and how it is made), my passion for all things Mexican (hello calaveras!) has grown and I am an even bigger fan of the spirit.
So, when the opportunity arose to collaborate with Mexico by organising a Margarita Masterclass with Herradura and El Jimador Tequila, we were in! Plus, the idea of becoming a master in the fine art of making and consuming margaritas simultaneously sounded like our type of evening, so why not share it with 37 other like-minded people, namely content creators, bloggers, foodies, and business owners!
On a chilly Thursday night, we arrived at Mexico in Britomart and were led upstairs to their super cool Mexican-style function area (complete with handcrafted artwork and murals, skulls and even a religious lady who I hope would forgive me by the end of the night for one too Tequilas). Paloma in hand, we took our seats and eagerly awaited for the night to begin…
Our activities for the night included a Tequila Tasting with Herradura, learning how to make the perfect Margarita with El Jimador Tequila (then onto Frida’s Margaritas), and eating all the delicious food from Mexico’s kitchen. Check it all out below, and if you have any questions about the event, please feel free to ask! x
🌟 Tequila Tasting with Herradura 🌟
Our first activity of the night was a Tequila Tasting with Herradura (an ultra-premium, 100% agave tequila, crafted using only the most mature blue agave). Thanks to Herradura for not only sponsoring bottles of their Plata, Reposado and Ultra Anejo for us to SIP on (who else just likes to shot it?!), but who also granted us with good luck (“Herradura” meaning horseshoe and the sign of good luck and fortune)… I for one am having a seemingly great week!
Our host, Ryan, took us through the history of Tequila, and why it is so much more than cheap shots at 4am! My favourite Tequila of the night was the Ultra Anejo – tastes like vanilla and caramel! If you like Bailey’s, then you are going to love this!
🌟 Margarita Masterclass with El Jimador🌟
We were then treated to an interactive Margarita Masterclass, thanks to the number one selling Tequila in Mexico – El Jimador – made of 100% blue agave Tequila. Can confirm Friday was a blur!
Mexico’s Restaurant Manager (and expert barman), Ollie, got up front and showed us how to make the perfect Margarita. Recipe below:
- Using a “jigger” (15ml/30ml measurer), pour your ideal measures for El Jimador Reposado Tequila, Lime and Sugar Syrup into a cocktail shaker.
- Fill with Ice until 3/4 of the way up. Then, SHAKE until your arms are sore.
- Hold the shaker in your hand you write with and strike it with your other palm. After a few of these, the cocktail shaker should dislodge enough to be pulled apart.
- Pour into a sugar rimmed glass and ENJOY!
- Repeat x 1,000… because one is never enough and your friends will love them too!
Ollie needed a volunteer shaker and my name was screamed out (I’m looking at you Sarah!), so up I went to shake my tail feather in front of everyone. It was super fun and hands on, which I loved!
Armed with cocktail shakers, bottles of El Jimador Reposado Tequila and a table full of mixing ingredients, our guests then created their own Margaritas. Salud!
We also got a chance to make their famous Frida’s Margaritas (if you go to Mexico, definitely order one!) My all-time favourite is the Raspberry & Yuzu, plus other memorable mentions go to:
Blackberry & Coconut… perfect for when you want a delicate start to a debaucherous night
Strawberry & Guava… perfect for when Margaritas are the only thing on your to-do list
Black Plum & Cinnamon… perfect for when you need a worthy subject for your next Instagram post…
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F O O D from Mexico
As well as making one of my favourite cocktails in the city, Mexico also serves mouthwatering food, inspired by the streets of Mexico. Read more about Mexico here and here. Below are the dishes we enjoyed on the night:
To start, Salsa Roja and Guacamole with Housemade Corn Chips
[Photo credit: Twelve Belles]
Mexico Fried Chicken[Photo credit: Twelve Belles]
Crispy Cauliflower Florets
[Photo credit: Foodies Table]
Chimichangas – my favourite dish of the night!
Three Cheese & Chicken and Jackfruit Tinga Quesadillas
And finally, for dessert, Cinnamon Spiced C H U R R O S !!!
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All guests also went home with a FAB Goodie Bag. We cannot thank our generous sponsors enough who provided product for the bags, in particular: Mexico (Frida’s Margaritas and Taco vouchers), El Jimador (mini El Jimador Tequila bottles), Herradura (key rings), Tio Pablo (Totopitos – Tortilla Chips), Culleys (Mexican Seasonings), Delmaine Fine Foods (Red Kidney Beans) and Something to Crow About (Mexican Chilli & Lime Roasted Seed Toppers).
If you are interested in coming along to our upcoming #NZContentCollective events, follow us on Instagram and join our Facebook Group to ensure you don’t miss out! If you are also looking for a relaxed place to talk about content creation or are interested in starting an Instagram, Facebook or Blog, feel free to contact us. There are some great events being planned… hope to see you there!
* Disclosure – we received a generous discount from Mexico for the Tequila Tasting and Margarita Masterclass.