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Recipe: Crispy Coconut Prawns with Tequila Lime Dip

We adore this recipe for crispy coconut prawns with tequila lime mayo dip. It’s one of our favourite treat dinners. Although half the prawns tend to not make it out the kitchen as we end up eating them as we cook!

Crispy Coconut Prawns with Tequila Lime Mayo

It does take a little bit of prep to make this dish as we are individually coating each prawn with the batter. Plus, we need prepare the dip ahead of time. But it is so worth the effort.

The prawns have a deliciously light and crispy coating thanks to the panko breadcrumbs. And the coconut adds a wonderful sweetness that complements the sweetness of the prawns.

Tequila Prawns

The tequila lime mayonnaise dip is incredibly more-ish. It’s just so tasty. In fact, you could probably use this dip for all sorts of things, such as a salad dressing, paired with chicken, or tofu. Make it thicker with more mayo and it could even be a good dip for tortilla chips.

Tequila Lime Mayo Dip

The dip includes a touch of agave syrup for sweetness and to enhance the base flavour of the tequila. It all comes together perfectly.

Serve the crispy coconut prawns with salad for the perfect summer meal. Or if you need some extra carbs in your life (I know I do!) cook up some rice to go with it.

Coconut Prawns and Tequila Dip
Tequila Prawns

CRISPY COCONUT PRAWNS WITH TEQUILA LIME DIP (serves 4)

INGREDIENTS

  • 250g Raw Prawns
  • 8 tbsp Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 8 tbsp Desiccated Coconut
  • 1 pinch of Sea Salt Flakes
  • 1 Egg
  • 5 tbsp Plain Flour
  • Vegetable Oil, for frying

For the dip

  • 5 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 1 Lime, juice and zest
  • 2 tsp Tequila
  • 1tsp Agave Syrup
  • 1 Pinch of Sea Salt Flakes

METHOD

  1. Prepare the dip first – whisk the ingredients together until smooth (the mayo may look clumpy at first but just keep whisking). Cover and refrigerate until serving. I recommend adding a little lime zest at serving time to add a little more colour.
  2. Place the flour on a plate, lightly whisk the egg in a shallow bowl, and mix together the panko breadcrumbs, dessicated coconut, and salt on a plate. This is your dipping station!
  3. Dip the prawns, one by one, first in the flour followed by the egg then gently toss in the breadcrumb mix.
  4. Heat the oil in wide, high-sided frying pan. Make sure the oil is super hot, and be careful not to splash.
  5. When the oil is hot, carefully add a few prawns. They should sizzle immediately. Fry for 2 minutes on each side, or until golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and rest on a plate covered with a few layers of paper towels. Fry the prawns in small batches until done.
  6. Serve the crispy coconut prawns with the dip on the side.

Cheers!

Crispy Coconut Prawns with Lime Tequila Dip

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Recipe: Tequila Chicken Nachos

Today I’m sharing my tequila chicken nachos. Ah nachos… such a crowd pleaser. The platter-style, sharing dish that encourages social interaction and offers a variety of combinations to keep everybody happy.

Tequila Chicken Nachos
Tequila Chicken Nachos Recipe

This recipe for tequila chicken nachos is like a traybake. We marinate the tequila chicken, cook it up, then assemble a big baking tray full of delicious things such as cheese, sweetcorn, black beans, onion, tomatoes, and jalepeno chillis. We finish it off with a few dollops of fresh soured cream, and a big helping of guacamole.

Nachos are comfort food at its best.

How To Make Tequila Chicken Nachos

If you like chicken nachos, we’re pretty sure you’ll love tequila chicken nachos.

For this recipe, you will want to make the marinade for the chicken ahead of time. Ideally you want the chicken to sit in the marinade for at least 2 hours. You then fry up the chicken so it’s totally cooked.

Tequila Chicken Nachos recipe

Next is the fun bit, spreading a large baking tray (use the biggest and widest you can find) with crunchy tortilla chips and then adding all your fave toppings, except for the soured cream and guacamole (those go on at the very end).

Now, some of you may remember my tequila chicken from a couple of weeks ago. Well, you might notice that I make the marinade differently here. That’s simply because I’ve been experimenting so much with recipes recently that I like to switch up the spices I use and ratios. It’s the fun part of cooking!

If you prefer the other tequila chicken recipe use that instead, either will taste great.

Tequila Chicken Nachos

We love eating tequila chicken nachos at barbecues or simply relaxing on the sofa watching our favourite shows on television. Or if you serving buffet style maybe pair this with our tequila-infused coleslaw.

You can pick and choose which toppings you want to add to your nachos traybake.

And if there’s anything we didn’t add, let us know in the comments section below what your favourite nachos topping is!

Recipe for Tequila Chicken Nachos

TEQUILA CHICKEN NACHOS (serves 4)

INGREDIENTS

For the tequila chicken

  • 500g Chicken Breast, cut into bitesize pieces
  • 100ml Tequila Blanco (Read: How to choose a tequila)
  • 2 tbsp Lime Juice (about the equivalent of 1 lime)
  • 1tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1tsp Sea Salt Flakes
  • 1tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper

For the nachos

  • Tortilla Chips (1-2 large bags will do it)
  • Grated Cheese
  • Jalepenos Chillis
  • Large Tomato, deseeded and diced
  • Red Onion, finely diced
  • Sweetcorn, small can
  • Black Beans, small can
  • 1 Avocado (or make your own Guacamole)
  • Soured Cream

METHOD

  1. Combine the chicken marinade ingredients in a bowl and stir together. Add the chicken pieces and stir until all pieces are fully covered. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  2. Spread the tortilla chips across a large baking tray. Try to cover any gaps.
  3. Sprinkle half the cheese evenly over the tortilla chips.
  4. Now sprinkle on the other ingredients – red onion, tomato, sweetcorn, black beans, and jalepeno chillis.
  5. Once the chicken has marinaded the colour will turn slightly white. Now heat a non-stick frying pan over high heat, and cook the chicken for 7-10 minutes until white all the way through and golden brown on the outside. Sprinkle the chicken evenly over the tortilla chips.
  6. Finish the tray bake with a final sprinkling of shredded cheese.
  7. Heat the grill on a high heat and pop the traybake underneath. Allow to cook until the cheese has melted is just starting to turn gold.
  8. Serve the tequila chicken nachos immediately with a few dollops of soured cream and guacamole.

Cheers!

Tequila Chicken Nachos

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Recipe: Tequila Coleslaw

This recipe for tequila coleslaw is surprisingly tasty. It’s a nice twist on that classic side dish, and we find the depth of flavour the tequila adds perfectly complements the creaminess of the mayo, and the zesty-ness of the lime.

Tequila Coleslaw
Tequila Coleslaw

Plus, making your own coleslaw is a must. It’s so much more delicious than the shop-bought stuff, and we love the extra crunchy texture of fresh-on-the-table coleslaw.

Our tequila coleslaw recipe has lime juice and coriander to add to the Mexican vibes of this dish. But you can reduce the lime juice if you prefer less of a sour note. Plus, the fresh coriander is totally optional, so you don’t need to add that at all if you’re not a fan of coriander/cilantro.

Tequila Coleslaw Recipe
How to Make Tequila Coleslaw

The simple base for this tequila coleslaw is just shredded red cabbage, white cabbage, carrot and spring onion. The texture is deliciously crunchy, the flavour is fresh and uplifting.

Pair the tequila coleslaw with a barbecue spread, buffet, or even our popular tequila chicken recipe. We like to make a big bowl of tequila coleslaw so that we have leftovers to keep in the fridge and pick at throughout the week. We add a big dollop of this coleslaw to almost all of our meals – sandwiches, roast meats, even pies.

Making Tequila Coleslaw
Tequila Coleslaw

It’s super easy to make your own coleslaw, of course we recommend adding a splash of tequila, but take this as inspiration however you like, just give it a go this season!

Tequila Coleslaw Recipe

TEQUILA COLESLAW (serves 6-8)

INGREDIENTS

  • 70g Mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 tbsp Tequila
  • 1 Pinch of Sea Salt Flakes
  • 1 Pinch of Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp Fresh Coriander (optional)
  • 3 Spring Onions, cut diagonally
  • 1/4 Red Cabbage, finely sliced and shredded
  • 1/4 White Cabbage, finely sliced and shredded
  • 1-2 Carrots, shredded

METHOD

  1. First we prepare the dressing. In a bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, lime juice, tequila, salt and pepper until smooth. It might look lumpy at first, but keep whisking and it will soon become smooth. Stir through the fresh coriander, if using.
  2. In a large bowl combine the spring onions, red and white cabbage, and carrots. Pour over the dressing and with tongs mix the vegetables until fully coated in the dressing. Taste for seasoning, and add more salt and pepper if necessary.
  3. Serve immediately. Or cover and refrigerate until serving time.

Cheers!

Tequila Coleslaw
Coleslaw with Tequila

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Recipe: Tequila Lime Chicken

This is a recipe for tequila lime chicken, a delicious variation on grilled chicken which works in so many scenarios. You can serve it in a tortilla wrap, with rice, or tossed in a salad. It’s delicious on nachos, and it works great as part of a barbecue spread. We love this tequila chicken recipe.

Tequila Chicken Recipe
Recipe for Tequila Chicken
Tequila Chicken

Two ways to make tequila lime chicken

There are two ways of working with this recipe. First you could go for the dry version involving a skillet or a barbecue. Or you can go the wet version where you chop the chicken up and cooked down in the marinade to create a sauce. Both versions taste great!

For the marinade we used a blanco tequila (read here about the different types of tequila) which adds a nice of depth of flavour without overpowering the dish.

Tequila Chicken Recipe

We recommend using more or less lime juice depending on how much sour flavour you prefer. We love the sourness of the lime, contrasting with the depth of the alcohol, a touch of spice, and the freshness brought by the coriander and fresh chilli.

This tequila lime chicken is incredibly more-ish. It has the immediate zesty flavour of the lime, but the tequila adds a lovely depth that you probably wouldn’t guess was tequila to start with.

We made the tequila lime chicken to go in our toasted tortilla wraps along with our new tequila coleslaw recipe. This is perfect summer loving food enjoyed al fresco as the sun is setting.

Tequila Chicken Recipe

TEQUILA LIME CHICKEN (serves up to 4)

Ingredients:

  • 500g Chicken Breast, cut into long strips
  • 100ml Tequila (Blanco is probably best)
  • 3-4 Limes, juiced
  • 1tbsp Garlic Puree
  • 1/2tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2tsp Chilli Flakes
  • 1/2tsp Black Pepper
  • 1tsp of Salt
  • 2tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Fresh Chilli, finely chopped
  • Handful of Fresh Coriander, finely chopped

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl combine the tequila, lime juice, garlic puree, smoked paprika, chilli flakes, black pepper, salt, vegetable oil, fresh chilli and fresh coriander. Whisk the ingredients together until well combined before adding the chicken strips. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight if you have the time.
  2. Heat an iron skillet or oven-safe frying pan on a high heat, use a drizzle of oil if it isn’t non-stick. Add the chicken strips and allow to cook without moving them for about 5 minutes on each side. You want a nice chargrill mark.
  3. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180C. Once the tequila lime chicken is chargrilled on both sides. Cover loosely with foil and transfer to the oven for a further 10 minutes to cook the middle. Check the chicken is cooked all the way through, no pink bits!
  4. Serve with a sprinkle of fresh coriander.
  5. If making the sauce version, don’t bake in the oven. Instead, remove the chicken strips and chop into bitesize pieces before returning to the frying pan. Pour in the rest of the marinade and allow the mixture to simmer for about 5-7minutes. Turn the chicken pieces halfway through. The sauce should reduce by half . Check the chicken is cooked through, then serve. This version is great with rice.

Cheers!

How to make tequila chicken
Making tequila chicken
Tequila Chicken

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Recipe | Spicy Grapefruit Margarita

The Spicy Grapefruit Margarita brings together a bitter-sweet and spicy drink. It’s a great variation of a classic margarita, everyone’s favourite tequila cocktail.

The Spicy Grapefruit Margarita is perfect with barbecued meat and roasted veg on a cooler summer evening. But then, any time is margarita time in our household! 

The mellower taste of Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado doesn’t fight with the bitterness of the grapefruit and compliments the chilli warmth that comes through the salt/chilli rim.

There’s a warm chilli kick to finish that will have you reaching for more.

Spicy Grapefruit Margarita

SPICY GRAPEFRUIT MARGARITA (SERVES 1)

INGREDIENTS

50ml Jose Cuervo Tradicional® Reposado

25ml Fresh Lime Juice

1 tsp Agave Syrup

1 round slice of Jalapeño Pepper

50ml parts Grapefruit Juice

3 pinches Salt

1 pinch Mild Chilli Powder

Lime wedges

Small grapefruit or lime wedges for garnish (optional)

Extra round slice of Jalapeño for garnish (optional)

METHOD

1. Shake together Ice, Jalapeño segment and all liquids including syrup

2. Prepare a salt and chilli mix in a small dish

3. Wet half the rim of the glass using a lime wedge

4. Dip this wet rim in the salt and chilli mix

5. Put the extra piece of jalapeño in a glass and fill on top with ice

6. Strain the contents of the shaker into the glass

7. Garnish with grapefruit or lime wedges if available

Salud!

Adapted from : Cuervo

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Recipe | Tequila Sunrise

The Tequila Sunrise will always be the cocktail that changed tequila for us. It’s a classic fruity cocktail that takes us back sunny holidays by the beach feeling like the world was a wondrous place.

Before we used to to think of tequila as just a shooting spirit, but mixing it with orange juice and sweetening with grenadine, tequila became something glorious.

Tequila sunrise was invented in the 1970s in the USA and became a bit of a rock’n’roll drink thanks to the Rolling Stones and their entourage.

The sunrise element of the cocktail is thanks to the grenadine being a heavier liquid than the orange juice so as you carefully pour it in it sinks to the bottom in a gradient creating the striking sunrise look. 

Tequila sunrise is a simple and easy to make cocktail that looks impressive and ideal for throwing together at summer time gatherings.

The Tequila sunrise is a staple at the bar and actually inspired my favourite drink of choice –  tequila and orange juice filled high with ice. It tastes amazing on a cool day, easy to relax with, very easy to refill.

We recommend using Patron Reposado tequila for it’s smooth flavour profile that complements the orange juice. But you can use any of your favourite tequila’s. 

HOW TO MAKE TEQUILA SUNRISE (SERVES 1)

INGREDIENTS

50 ml Patrón Reposado Tequila
120 ml Fresh Orange Juice
15 ml Grenadine Syrup
Orange slice, for garnish

METHOD

1. Fill a high ball glass with ice.

 

2. Pour over Patron Reposado tequila and orange juice.

 

3. Gently pour over the grenadine, it will slowly fall to the base of the glass.

 

4. Garnish with slice of orange.

Note: We don’t recommend using a straw with the Tequila Sunrise as you will get a mouthful of grenadine! Stir the ice as you sip.

Picture source : Patron 

Patron - Tequila Sunrise

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Recipe | Tequila Old Fashioned

A Tequila Old Fashioned is a unique twist on the classic we all know and love. 

It was inevitable that we would make a Tequila Old Fashioned as we love the whiskey version so much.

The original Old Fashioned cocktail was created in the 19th century and has come in and out of fashion over the last 150 years. 

Traditionally an Old Fashioned is made with bourbon or rye whiskey, angostura bitters, a sugar cube, a dash of water, and an orange twist. The process of making an Old Fashioned begins with the sugar and bitters being muddled together first before adding the alcohol and garnish. It is served in a short round tumbler glass.

Essentially an Old Fashioned is spirit, sugar and bitters. There are many variations 

We already know how well orange goes with tequila thanks to the margarita so adding orange bitters and sugar to a strong premium tequila, such as a reposado or anejo, is a great way to enjoy the spirit.

We like to use an anejo tequila for this recipe as it has been aged longer for a deep, smooth flavour profile. But if you use a reposado you’ll get the lighter, vanilla flavour notes instead. Try both and see which you prefer!

This is sophisticated evening drink, strong, cool and balanced. We like to sip this on a crisp autumn evening. 

You can use simple sugar syrup (or even agave syrup) instead of dissolving the sugar if time is short but as this contains water, we prefer to dissolve the sugar the old fashioned way!

Patron - Reposado Old Fashioned 2

HOW TO MAKE TEQUILA OLD FASHIONED (SERVES 1)

INGREDIENTS

50 ml Reposado or Anejo Tequila
2 tsp Golden Sugar
1 dash Orange Bitters
Orange peel for garnish

METHOD

1. In a low ball or old fashioned glass add the sugar, tequila and bitters.

2. Carefully stir this until the sugar has dissolved. This can take about 5 minutes and required continuous stirring. 

3. Take a piece of orange peel and twist over the glass to express the oils on top of the cocktail. Drop the peel into the glass.

4. Add large ice cubes or a “glass filler” ice block and stir once

Salud!

 

Adapted from Patron  

Tequila Old Fashioned


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Recipe | The Smoky Margarita

This smoky margarita recipe was concocted using our Margarita Benchmark method, this margarita is sweet, sour and oh so smoky.

If you are a fan of BBQ’s, log fires or a Lapsang Souchong Tea – this is the one. The smoky margarita has a deep, long flavour that we enjoy very much.

For this recipe we use mezcal rather than tequila. This choice is controversial to some mezcal aficionados who believe that mezcal should only be sipped and savoured. But we believe that if it tastes good, enjoy it however that might be.

Mezcal is known for its smokier flavour, and this cocktail is a good way to get into the lesser known Mexican agave spirit.

We enjoy drinking this at parties, soirees and shindigs. It’s a good winter drink if you want to be wrapped up in a blanket and slippers and embracing that hot wood fire feeling, except it’s in a drink.

The Smoky Margarita (serves 1)

Ingredients

50ml – Mezcal (we used Illegal Mezcal)

25ml – Cointreau (or an alternative orange liquor)

25ml – Lime Juice (fresh is best)

Salt, if desired, for serving

Method

1. Put it all the ingredients (except the salt) into a cocktail shaker with ice.

2. Shake well, then strain into a margarita glass.

3. Drink your smoky margarita and think of a Mexican open fire.

Enjoy!


Smoky margarita recipe

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