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Featured Cocktail: Horchata Margarita

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In case you haven't heard, July 24 is National Tequila Day. (I know my Inbox and Twitter feed have been bombarded with recipes and promotional info....) And while I like to sip a high quality Tequila all by itself, I can also be persuaded to drink it in a cocktail...

I received a press release the other day about the "Secretos del Tequila" program at CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort and Spa, a tequila appreciation program developed to increase guests' knowledge of and understanding for Tequila. The resort produces five types of Tequila, and also feaures 126 distinct by-the-glass options, and a number of Tequila-based cocktails.

The Horchata Margarita is a creamy, spicy version of the Margarita. (Think of Horchata as the liquid part of rice pudding...you can find it in ethnic grocery stores and specialty food shops.)

Horchata Margarita Courtesy of CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort and Spa

2 oz. CasaMagna Aged Tequila (or a Reposado or Anejo Tequila of your choice) 1 1/2 oz. Controy (Mexican orange liqueur) or your favorite orange liqueur (Cointreau, Combier, etc.) 3 oz. Horchata 1/2 oz. simple syrup (or to taste) Freshly grated cinnamon, for garnish

Add Tequila, orange liqueur and horchata to a cocktail shaker. Add ice, and shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with freshly grated cinnamon.