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How To Celebrate National Tequila Day

To me, the end of July marks the beginning of what we call the dog days of summer.  To beat the heat and celebrate, it’s time to get some friends together to enjoy National Tequila Day on July 24.  Here are five ideas for hosting a Monday night cocktail party that will cool and refresh. 

Go-To Layered Bean Dip

I adapt this recipe every time I make it, and it never goes wrong:

Mix one large can of Old El Paso refried beans with a pouch of Old El Paso Taco seasoning and spread it as the first layer in a shallow dish or platter. Top the beans with a layer of a small container of Daisy Sour Cream mixed with a small can of Old El Paso chopped green chilies.  Next, I spread on a layer of guacamole-just smash a few avocados and mix together with a squirt of lime juice, a few dashes of Tabasco, a few sprinkles of ground cumin, a smashed garlic clove, and salt and pepper.  Layering shredded cheddar cheese, chopped green onions, and sliced black olives on top makes this hearty appetizer festive and tasty. I’ll serve a basket of tortilla chips with this, lining the basket first with a colorful paper or cloth napkin.  

Bottoms Up!

As an alternative to the traditional tequila drink, the margarita, a pitcher of Ginger Beer Paloma cocktails is what I’ll have on my menu. Setting up a self-serve drink station allows me to spend more time visiting with guests, and gives my friends something to interact with together. I’ll mix together 2 cups of 100% agave tequila with 2 cups of Simply grapefruit juice, 2 cups of ginger beer, 4 teaspoons Madhava Agave nectar and 4 tablespoons of fresh lime juice. By the pitcher, I’ll place instructions, an ice bucket, short glasses, lime juice in a small dish for wetting the rim of the glass, and a small dish for rimming the glass with salt.  Throw some triangular slices of grapefruit in a colorful bowl for a garnish!

Perfect Playlist

A themed playlist lends the perfect ambiance, so I start my parties with more lively music and keep the mellow tunes for later in the evening. Make yours a mix of genres with a common theme of tequila, summer, hot and cold. Check out this one on Spotify if you need some ideas.  

Don’t Forget The H2O

Hydrating is important, especially on those hot July days. I’ll save some tequila bottles of various colors and shapes, and soak the labels off for some interesting and decorative receptacles for still and sparkling water. Adding a tray of interesting slices of lemon, lime, grapefruit, and colored paper straws will make water drinking more enticing.

Easy Dessert

Since this party will take place on a weeknight, I’ll want it to wrap up early, so I’ll have some rich frozen treats ready for dessert. Look in the freezer section for Latino Paletas—our local Walmart has a great collection of mango, papaya, and coconut offerings that are unique and tasty.  

There you have it! 5 easy ways to enjoy National Tequila Day (or any regular day, for that matter, IMHO). Happy celebrating!