Tanteo Tequila

Tanteo Jalapeño Tequila and Food Pairings

While the Tanteo Jalapeño Margarita is great on its own, It is even better, and better for you, to have your cocktail with a bite to eat. Pairing Tanteo with food is pretty easy, as most everything can be better spicy. Below are some of my favorite ways to pair your nosh with Tanteo Jalapeño.

Fish Tacos with a Tanteo Jalapeño margarita

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A classic spicy cocktail with a Baja Style Fish Taco - a match made in heaven. The citrus of the margarita complements the crispy fish, and the one-handed tacos allow you to use your other hand to hold the cocktail. If you are not comfortable making this on your own, try some of the best fish tacos (and Tanteo Jalapeño Margaritas) around at our friends Playa Betty on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

California roll with a Pepino Diablo Margarita

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A simple takeout sushi roll (I doubt many of you are actually making your own California roll),  this combination is attainable at a lot of our top Japanese accounts like Williamsburg Brooklyn’s Fushimi. Crisp cool cucumber pairs great with a bit of spice, and the clean flavors of the cocktail pair well with the simple roll. Start here with a California roll and then start getting a bit more adventurous  - lots of great combinations to go here.

Feta Stuffed Falafel with Spicy Sandia Margarita

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Again, 9 out of 10 times I am ordering-in Falafel, and by serving with this crowd pleasing cocktail, you can really kick it up a notch. I Like a lot of feta with my falafel, and that combination is fantastic with the Watermelon in the margarita. At our office, we often order from the Kobob Shack in Williamsburg, but find your favorite local spot to enjoy this great pairing.

Citrus Shrimp Ceviche with Tanteo Jalapeno on the rocks

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If you do want to actually cook something - quickly whip up in the kitchen this Citrus Shrimp Ceviche, and keep the drink simple. The strong citrus of the ceviche helps balance out the strength of the tequila. This meaty satisfying appetizer needs some heat to complement it - and there is no better choice than some Tanteo Jalapeño Tequila.

Para La Buena Vida,

Neil

Announcing The Spirit of Spice Winner

As we approach the end of summer and the end of our first big contest, I find myself reflecting on where we are, what we’ve learned and where we are going.

This week our team came together to review the #Spiritofspice entries and select one lucky winner. But before the big reveal, I want to share the journey that led us to the #Spiritofspice campaign.

When planning our creative strategy, our objective was to birth an idea that characterizes the spirit of spice. We pride ourselves on masterfully infusing blanco tequila with fresh peppers and transforming an ordinary margarita into consistent spicy perfection. So we asked ourselves, what can we do next to add that same element of spice to one lucky fan’s life?

During the creative process, we found the best way to stay true to our brand was to ask our loyal fans what beyond ordinary experience we could deliver to spice up their spirit. So we did, and the #Spiritofspice contest was born.

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We shot a commercial produced by a talented team of professionals, posted it on social media and asked our audience to make their own video telling us how Tanteo could add spice to their life. And, the results were staggering. We had many unique and interesting people submit their wild and personal requests. @dramalaw asked that we take him and his wife to all four grand slam tennis tournaments. @hot_bisch asked for a trip to Dar E Salaam to check out their agriculture. @coco2288 wanted to learn how to play craps in Vegas while @justinebean wanted to teach aqua yoga in Tulum, Mexico. As expected, we couldn’t have written a script that was more authentic.

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After reviewing all of these  amazing and inspirational videos, it was difficult to choose just one winner. After much deliberation, we’re excited to announce that @stephaniecowan, a passionate photographer who tells people’s unique stories around the world through her lens, won the #spiritofspice contest. Stephanie discovered Tanteo after she came across the Forbes article, Shaking it up, how this innovative Tequila company is helping women get ahead”. In the interview with our CEO, Neil Grosscup spoke about Tanteo’s mission to help the women of Juanacatlán, the home of our distillery, get ahead. In her video, Stephanie asked Tanteo to take her to Mexico to photograph the wonderful women who play a big role in spicing up Tanteo.

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Please join me as we congratulate @stephaniecowan for winning the #Spiritofspice contest. We are very excited to experience your spice with you and the wonderful photos you take.

Stay tuned for updates from Stephanie’s journey and photographs!

Cheers,

Mena Jibran


5 Spicy & Refreshing Labor Day Cocktails

No one likes to see summer end. And while officially the party keeps going until September 20th, we all know Labor Day weekend is the un-official end. To help ease the transition to Fall, here are five of the best Spicy cocktails to bid-farewell to summer. Gluten-free, vegan, and bartender approved - you can keep your beach bod while drinking them

1. Tanteo Jalapeño Margarita

Our first choice is always the Tanteo Jalapeño Margarita. Whether you are a spicy lover or not, the Jalapeño Margarita strikes the perfect balance between spice, sweet and citrus. This three ingredients recipe is easy to make and is always a crowd pleaser. This should be a staple in every party.

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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice

  2. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass (salted rim optional)

  3. Garnish with a lime wedge or Jalapeño Slice

2. Sweet Heat Margarita  

We are getting to the end of Raspberries season so time for one more raspberry cocktail.. Raspberries pair really well with our Jalapeño Tequila, combined they make a delicious sweet & spicy cocktail. Not to mention its juicy red pigment makes it an even more appetizing summer beverage.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Muddle Raspberries in a shaker

  2. Combine ingredients with ice

  3. Shake well and strain into a salt-rimmed, ice-filled Rocks Glass

  4. Garnish with a raspberry or jalapeño slice

3. Hot Blooded Margarita

The Hot Blooded Margarita is a cocktail version of Sangrita - and pair really well with a big labor day Asada. Sip this for something truly different this labor day.

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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice

  2. Shake well and strain into a salt-rimmed, Coupe Glass

  3. Garnish with a lime and Lemon wedge

4. Vero Margarita

Mangoes are Tropical fruits that you can buy all year long, though they still remind us of the summer season. We combined fresh Mangoes with our extra spicy Habanero Tequila resulting in this beautiful rich in color cocktail

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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice

  2. Shake well and strain into a salt-rimmed, ice-filled Rocks Glass

  3. Stir well and garnish with a mango wheel

5. Smoke & Mora Margarita

Last but not least, Blackberries ripen in June through August, and combined with the campfire smokeless Tanteo Chipotle Tequila - this will help you send summer off in style.

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Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Tanteo Chipotle Tequila

  • 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

  • 3/4 oz. Agave Nectar

  • 4 Muddled Blackberries

Directions

  1. Muddle blackberries in a tin

  2. Combine remaining ingredients in a shaker with ice

  3. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled Rocks

  4. Glass (smoky salt rim optional)

  5. Garnish with a blackberry or a lime wedge

Happy Labor Day Weekend,

Team Tanteo

Cooking with Jalapeño Salt

When we created Tanteo Jalapeño Salt late last year, the objective was simple: provide consumers with a product that would elevate their amazing spicy cocktails to another level. With the feedback we’ve gotten from fans and bartenders since launch, it's clear that we’ve succeed in that regard. The pictures and comments we receive showing the awesome experiences our customers have had rimming their glasses with our salt make us that much happier to do our jobs.

With its three primary ingredients, salt, sugar, and lime, our jalapeño salt comes out of the bag specifically targeting three of the five tasting zones of the palette: salty, sweet, and sour. The heat the of jalapeño powder creates the tantalizing spicy kick that we know and love. Combined, these four ingredients create a complexity of flavors that can elevate so many simple dinner dishes to a place that is truly beyond ordinary.

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Knowing the potential of our product in the kitchen, the team recently set out to create a full meal that would demonstrate the culinary power of this simple seasoning. The menu, consisting of chicken breast, homemade shoestring french fries, and mexican salad, was a complete hit in the office. The jalapeño salt took these simple dishes and added a layer of complexity to their flavor profiles. The french fries, predictably fatty and salty, took on additional elements of spice and sweetness with nothing more than a sprinkling of our seasoning. The chicken breast, perhaps the epitome of mundane dinner fare, suddenly packed a flavorful punch with each bite. Finally the salad -- which when improperly done can be the most boring of dishes-- took on a complexity that is hard to find in truly healthy foods.

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We knew that we had a great product in the jalapeño salt the day it launched, and for the past year it’s been making spicy margaritas all the better. With that said, its applications in the kitchen are equally exciting and the more we experiment with it, the more impressed we become. Pick up a bag from our shop page and give it a try next time you cook-- allow yourself the opportunity to spice up your supper.

Recipes:

Chicken Breast

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a cast iron skillet season two chicken breasts (preferably with skin still on), with a liberal coating of olive oil, one tablespoon of jalapeño salt, and pepper to taste. Place the skillet in the oven, skin side down, and cook for 10 minutes. Flip the chicken and cook on the other side for 10-15 minutes, or until the internal temperature reads 165 degrees. *Note that this is the safe temperature for chicken according to the FDA, but if you are sure about the high quality of your chicken, an internal temperature between 155 and 160 will yield a juicier result.

Let rest ten minutes before slicing and serving.

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French Fries

For the french fries, follow this amazing food network recipe, and sprinkle liberally with jalapeño salt after the second fry while they are still warm.

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Mexican Salad

Start by adding spinach or any leafy green into a large bowl. Cook the quinoa and black beans, and add both. Lastly, rinse the corn and grate the a carrot. For added healthy fats, throw in some avocado! Once all the ingredients are added, sprinkle the Jalapeño Salt for a gush of salty/sweet flavor. Add oil, tahini, and spicy sauce as you please.

Para la Buena Vida, 

Tanteo Team 

Top All Natural Margarita Mixes

If you have ever read a Tanteo cocktail list or seen one of our YouTube videos, you will know that we always recommend using freshly squeezed lime juice and agave nectar for a proper margarita. However, while it is a lot easier to squeeze juice than it may seem, sometimes you just don’t have the time.

To help you out with this, we have highlighted the best margarita mixes out there. We’re big on using the best ingredients possible, so I didn’t include any of the chemical enhanced margarita mixes out there. All of the below are 100% natural. Enjoy!

 

      Ripe Margarita Mix      Ingredients: filtered water, cold-pressed Persian lime juice, cold-pressed Valencia and/or Hamlin orange juice, 100% organic agave nectar

 

Ripe Margarita Mix

Ingredients: filtered water, cold-pressed Persian lime juice, cold-pressed Valencia and/or Hamlin orange juice, 100% organic agave nectar

A new addition to Whole Foods, Ripe prides itself on refraining from pasteurizing its juices, opting to put them under immense pressure for sanitization instead. This might be the secret to their great taste or, perhaps, it’s the proportions of their ingredients and their use of orange juice to compliment the limes. Regardless, whatever it is, this mix tastes fantastic. Sweet enough to balance out Tanteo’s heat, it still manages to convey the individual flavors of the fruits.

   Ripe Margarita Mix      Ingredients: filtered water, cold-pressed Persian lime juice, cold-pressed Valencia and/or Hamlin orange juice, 100% organic agave nectar

Ripe Margarita Mix

Ingredients: filtered water, cold-pressed Persian lime juice, cold-pressed Valencia and/or Hamlin orange juice, 100% organic agave nectar

A new addition to Whole Foods, Ripe prides itself on refraining from pasteurizing its juices, opting to put them under immense pressure for sanitization instead. This might be the secret to their great taste or, perhaps, it’s the proportions of their ingredients and their use of orange juice to compliment the limes. Regardless, whatever it is, this mix tastes fantastic. Sweet enough to balance out Tanteo’s heat, it still manages to convey the individual flavors of the fruits.

   Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Company      Ingredients: fresh limes, water, and Florida cane sugar

Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Company

Ingredients: fresh limes, water, and Florida cane sugar

A bit sweeter than the other two premixed products, Natalie’s tastes like the best limeade you’ve ever had. Use of only three ingredients makes it the simplest of the fully mixed options, and the brand has substituted Florida cane sugar for agave which gives the mix a lighter color and cleaner flavor profile.  

   Industry Cold Pressed Lime Juice      Ingredients: 100% lime juice

Industry Cold Pressed Lime Juice

Ingredients: 100% lime juice

So, you still need to add agave nectar, but this is an easy way to skip the lime squeezing while still using fresh ingredients. I used this last two weeks ago for Aspen Food and Wine and it made making margaritas for 75 guests a breeze. The ease of use and quality of this one has made me question all the hours of lime pressing over the years - plus a 90 day shelf life! This is the closest to the real thing out there.

  Fresh Pressed Lime Juice    Ingredients: 100% Lime Juice

Fresh Pressed Lime Juice

Ingredients: 100% Lime Juice

If you have the time and energy, it is still hard to beat the real thing. Especially for a small group, it is actually quite easy (and cost effective) to press your own lime juice. The key is prep - press as many as you need for the party, maybe with a gadget like this one, and store in an airtight container the juice will keep for a day. To make the process even more efficient, roll your limes. Five seconds being rolled on the counter breaks down a lot of the cells inside the fruit and makes it easier to squeeze.

At the end of the day, there are a lot of bad margarita mixes out there, but a fair amount of good ones as well. They work great for big events or when you don’t want to take the extra time to squeeze.

Cheers,

Tanteo Team

The #spiritofspice

The #spiritofspice
We have had an exciting last few weeks at Tanteo as we have kicked off #spiritofspice - our first big-time contest at Tanteo. It officially kicked off this Cinco de Mayo, and is going through September 1st. In the below post I want to explain what #spiritofspice is, why we are doing it, and how you can be involved.

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What is #spiritofspice?

Since our founding in 2007,  Tanteo has been focused on creating the best spicy tequila that makes the perfect spicy margarita. Spice mixes with Tequila better than other base spirits, and as the original 100% agave spicy tequila, we are the original spirit of spice. We liked the alliteration, we liked the consonance, and we liked that “spirit” has a whole lot meanings. From there we thought about what it would mean to spice up someone’s spirit - not just in a spicy cocktail but something more fluid - like an experience - and this is what #spiritofspice is. Tanteo is picking a lucky winner to spice up an experience they have been dreaming of.  It can be anything, as long as it is spicy - Running with the bulls while wearing a bull outfit? No problem. Take a tour of the best street tacos in Mexico? Sounds great! Whatever your Spirit is craving - the #spiritofspice wants to make it happen.

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Why are we doing this?

As an up and coming brand, we don’t have a lot of discretionary resources for things like this. Most of Tanteo’s success to-date has been in the on-premise (bars and restaurants), and we have found that the best way to reach our customer base has been making it easy for bartenders to make specialty cocktails. And while we are very proud of all we have done over the years - we wanted to find a way to give back to those that drink all of our specialty cocktails, while also getting some exposure outside of the bars, restaurants, and spirits shops that promote Tanteo. Instead of a big billboard or paid press, we thought it best to ask our fans on Social Media what they would like, and ask them to share the hashtag #spiritofspice to help promote it.  We hope it is a fun way to advertise all the fun things we are doing while also spicing up the lives of one lucky fan.

 

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How you can be involved?
It is very simple. First - you need to follow Tanteo on Instagram.  After you do that - you need to create a public post (video or photo) with the hashtag #spiritofspice telling us how we can spice up your spirit. And lastly - you need to wait until September 4th, when we will announce the winner.

Good luck!

Para la Buena Vida,

Neil

Visiting Tanteo's Birthplace

Visiting Tanteo's Birthplace

Friends, we just got back from our second annual Spice Up Your Life Mexico Trip and all of us at Tanteo are jazzed up about the future of the company. The Spice Up Your Life Mexico Trip is an opportunity for some of our biggest fans to come down and experience Tanteo’s home, both in the fields of Cienega, Jalisco as well as the vibrant nightlife of Guadalajara Mexico. This two night, three day trip is an experience full of all of Tanteo’s inspirations: great food, vibrant culture, and of course expertly crafted tequila. Below I wanted to give some highlights of what we did, why we did it, and what we hoped our guests learned about Tanteo’s home.

Lighting of the Cup

Lighting of the Cup

On September 14th, Tanteo and Caliente Cab Co. will unite under one mission: to spice up New York’s favorite dishes and drinks with a bit of history. It’s a tale of hand-crafted meals and spirits, all meant to honor the robust, important culture behind the meal. It all culminates with the “re-lighting of the cup” — you know, Caliente’s giant, dormant, frosty beacon of hope on the corner of Seventh Avenue South and Bleecker — and the launch of Tanteo’s Extra Spicy Habanero Tequila. But beyond just a tale of a perfect marriage, this is a story of doing it right. 

Introducing Tanteo Habanero

Introducing Tanteo Habanero

Last month, we blended our first batch of Tanteo Habanero Tequila, bringing our family of spicy Tequilas to three. Most ordinary tequilas come in threes: a blanco, reposado and anejo. With the new launch we now have our original in Tanteo Jalapeño, our smokey expression in Tanteo Chipotle, and our extra spicy infusion in Tanteo Habanero. I wanted to share today our reason for creating Tanteo Habanero, our unique production process, and some of our favorite ways to use the new infusion in cocktails.

How the Political Climate is Making it Harder to Run our Company

How the Political Climate is Making it Harder to Run our Company

As the CEO of an emerging company, an American, and a human being, I have found the first 10 days of the Trump administration to be particularly worrisome for the future of our company, the future of our country, and our reputation around the world. Usually as a spirits company, we try to stay out of the political process, as political affiliation has little determination if one is going to enjoy spicy cocktails. 

December 2016 - A Year in Review

December 2016 - A Year in Review

Friends, the Winter Holidays are a busy time for the booze business in general. While we do expect to finish the year with a strong December, as a Tequila supplier, all of our work is done for the year, and I am writing this post sitting by the beach gearing up for 2017. This down time is perfect for us to reflect on where we have gone in 2016, and where we are planning to go in the future.  Below are some of the highlights from our very successful 2016.

Night Before Thanksgiving on the Lower East Side

Night Before Thanksgiving on the Lower East Side

After the protracted and divisive US presidential election, I am craving a strong drink (or two).  And while I have usually tried to stay away from bars on Drinksgiving, this year I’m going to spice it up by frequenting some of my favorite Tanteo accounts on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Here is my itinerary for next Wednesday. Say hello on Instagram and first drink is on me.

Introducing Destiladora Juanacatlan

Introducing Destiladora Juanacatlan

I just got back from Mexico, and I’m very pleased to announce that we have started operations with our new distilling partner, Destiladora Juanacatlán. With our never ending quest to be the best tequila company for all stakeholders involved, this move brings a lot of advantages for our employees, customers, and the larger community. Below I have highlighted what to expect, but in future posts I hope to highlight some of the wonderful people that make all of this possible.

Labor Day Cocktails

Labor Day Cocktails

As we approach Labor Day weekend, the last long weekend of summer, I wanted to share 3 easy pitchers of Tanteo Cocktails to make as you toast goodbye to summer. Before I share these, one tip that will allow you to up any cocktail to a pitcher - pay attention to the dilution! When you shake cocktails in a tin, you both chill the cocktail and dilute the mixture so that it is not too boozy, sweet, or sour. When extending a cocktail recipe to a pitcher, always take this into account so the final product is well balanced.