national tequila day

Woo! Did you know that it’s National Tequila Day on Thursday July 24th, 2014? To celebrate, one of my favourite chefs in Toronto, Arturo Anhalt of Milagro Cantinas, has shared two delicious tequila cocktail recipes for everyone to enjoy!

Chef Arturo Anhalt

Not only is Arturo an amazing chef, but he’s also quite handsome, no?

His recipe for the Rosa Canela is delicious and easy to make — even for the cocktail-challenged like myself! It was so good that I made it over and over, until I forgot their was a second recipe to try at all. However, I’m confident his Santa Sabina will be just as impressive.

Keep reading for both of these National Tequila Day recipes from Chef Arturo Anhalt of Milagro Cantinas:


The Rosa Canela


1 ounce Hornitos Reposado Tequila

1 ounce Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey

¼ ounce Martini Red Vermouth

½ ounce pomegranate juice

¼ ounce dark agave syrup

1 cinnamon stick, whole

1 twist of orange rind

2 cups ice cubes



1. Chill a tumbler cocktail glass.

2. In a steel cocktail shaker, pour in spirits, juice, and add the cinnamon stick and ice. Shake well

3. Using a strainer, pour mixture into chilled glass. Add in some fresh ice cubes. Garnish with orange rind and cinnamon stick. Cheers!



The Santa Sabina



1 ounce Cazadores Añejo Tequila

1 ounce St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur

¼ ounce Martini Dry Vermouth

¼ cup English cucumber, diced

¼ ounce dark agave syrup

2 cups ice

1 English cucumber

1 lime



  1. Chill a martini or wide-rimmed cocktail glass.
  2. Pour spirits and agave nectar into electric blender. Add diced cucumber and puree on high for 30 seconds.
  3. Place ice and cocktail mix into steel cocktail shaker. Shake well.
  4. Using a strainer, pour mixture into chilled glass. Garnish with cucumber round and lime wedge. Bottoms up!          





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