Tequila Anyone?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 11:20
Posted in category Bar Features & Recipes

Peligroso Tequila Specials

by: Casey Pukl

We’ve got a very special show coming up this Saturday night! Late Night Live is a celebration of some of San Diego’s latest and greatest rock bands. In honor of the occasion, Peligroso tequila will be our exclusive tequila for the evening! Beverage manager, Marc Canzoneri, came up with a few fantastic drink specials for the show that are refreshing and showcase the unique flavors of Peligroso.


Made by a few passionate San Diegan local surfers (and of course best friends) with an affinity for fine tequilas, Peligroso tequila contains no artificial fragrances or color. It is made from 100% Weber blue agave, and is steamed in real brick ovens. The tequila is distilled in copper and stainless steel pots, and then it is then aged in oak whiskey barrels from Tennessee. Peligroso has an alcohol content of 42% as opposed to 40% for other tequilas.

Check out what we’ll be serving up with Peligroso on Saturday night!


Viva la Vida
Creator: Marc Canzoneri

Peligroso Tequila
Orange Liqueur
House-made Watermelon-Ginger Puree
Fresh Lime Juice
Simple Syrup

Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a shaker, fill with ice, shake for a few seconds, pour into glass. Garnish with lime wedge.

This margarita riff is a winner in my book. There’s nothing quite as refreshing as the combination of watermelon and ginger. This drink screams to be consumed in gorgeous weather. Thankfully, we live in San Diego where this happens year round. Watermelon works great in this drink because of it’s mellow yet crisp flavor. It doesn’t overpower the tequila, but it also doesn’t get crushed by the ginger. This beverage could also be topped with a little bit of soda water for those who are looking for a little bit of carbonation to take this into full-on beach mode.

If you’re making this at home, just be sure not to over-shake it, or else it will be too watered down. Just a quick toss is all you need. To make the puree, be sure to get a seedless watermelon, and remember that a little ginger goes a long way. Peel the ginger, and grate into your blender or food processor.



Day Tripper
Creator: Marc Canzoneri

Peligroso Tequila
Fresh Lime Juice
Jalapeno Simple Syrup
Pineapple Juice

Instructions: Muddle cilantro, then combine tequila, lime, & simple syrup. Add ice and shake. Pour into glass, top with pineapple juice. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Spicy tequila drinks are an absolute must-have in Southern California, and this drink is one more awesome addition to the list. When Andy, our good friend from the San Diego Reader, requested something with cilantro and jalapeno, Marc was more than happy to oblige.

This gem is perfect— not too spicy, not too sweet, and more importantly not too heavy. The cilantro gives it a nice refreshing splash to cool the heat, while the pineapple adds a hint of sweetness. The flavors are also light enough that they complement the Peligroso nicely instead of covering it. To be honest, I don’t see any bad time to drink this one— brunch, lunch, late night live… they all sound good to me!


Tequila Gimlet
Classic Cocktail Riff

Peligroso Tequila
Fresh Lime Juice
Simple Syrup

Instructions: Build in glass. Combine all ingredients with ice, pour into second tin, then pour back. Garnish with lime wedge.

The gimlet is a drink that is traditionally made with gin, but is also commonly made with vodka. There is some debate as to whether the original recipe contained fresh lime juice or Rose’s lime juice, but in either case, the result is delicious. This drink can be shaken and served up, or on the rocks.

For our purposes, we’ll be making tequila gimlets. These are a great option, especially when you have a really great tequila to use. Peligroso is fantastic for this. To make this drink at home, just use 2 oz Peligroso, 1/2 oz lime juice, and 1/4 to 1/2 oz of simple syrup. Garnish with either a lime wheel or wedge, and if you’re up for something with a bit more bite, give a tiny crack of fresh black pepper over the top.

Hope you’ve enjoyed our cocktails! Come and join us for Late Night Live this Saturday, February 25 at 9:30pm! To purchase tickets and get more information on the bands playing, head to the link below!

Late Night Live