It’s no secret that here at Cocktail Builder we love our tequila. And it’s certainly no secret that tequila’s popularity skyrockets during the summer. In these warm weather months, we’re constantly in search of a new recipe or even a new brand to keep our love affair fresh — and well, friends, we’ve found both. Enter Código 1530 Rosa, a striking pink tequila that we guarantee will take over (if you haven’t already seen it all over Instagram). The creation first begins with the purity of Código’s blanco tequila — of course, made only in the Tequila region of Mexico. Next, the spirit is rested for a month in uncharred Napa Valley cabernet barrels made of French White Oak. The tequila rests just long enough to impart a pink color and soft finish without overpowering the agave’s delicate floral notes. On top of having zero chemicals or added flavors to create that unique hue, Código 1530 Rosa is also lower in calories than other tequilas. While most ring in at around 100 calories per shot (roughly one-and-a-half ounces), Código only has 60. Add to that the fact that tequila of all kinds have been found to lower blood sugar, aid digestion, and help with the absorption of calcium, and Código 1530 Rosa might just be one of the healthiest spirits around — perfect for pairing with all of those indulgent, end-of-summer barbecue treats. So, how to use it? You could certainly mix it with club soda and call it a day, or try out one of the three awesome recipes below to finish your summer in style.
ROSA TEQUILA MARTINI 3 ounces Código 1530 Rosa Splash of fresh ruby red grapefruit juice 1 dash of Angostura bitters Wedge of grapefruit, for garnish In a cocktail shaker with ice, add all the ingredients. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a wedge of ruby red grapefruit.
SPICY PINK WATERMELON MARGARITA 2 ounces Código 1530 Rosa 3 ounces Pressed Juicery Watermelon-Lime-Jalapeno juice 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice 1/4 tsp jalapeno-infused agave Jalapeno slices and salt, for garnish (optional) In a cocktail shaker with ice, add tequila, juices, and agave. Shake until chilled and strain into a salt-rimmed glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with jalapeno slices, if desired.
FEELING GOOD 1 1/2 ounces Código 1530 Rosa 2 1/2 ounces chicha morada 1 ounce apricot liqueur 3/4 ounce Cointreau 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice 1/4 ounce egg white 1-2 dashes Angostura bitters In a cocktail shaker with ice, add all ingredients but the bitters. Shake and strain into a coupe glass. Top with a dash or two of bitters and stir.