Friday, May 1, 2015

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo with Casa Noble Tequila...Featuring Tequila-Shrimp Confetti Guacamole

Cinco de Mayo is in a few days…and I have a fabulous cocktail and guacamole duo to share with you today courtesy of my friends at Casa Noble tequila. To me, nothing says Cinco de Mayo quite like a fabulous Springtime cocktail…and creamy guacamole! With Casa Noble’s Crystal tequila, you can be ready to party in time for Cinco de Mayo too.

One of my favorite appetizers to enjoy at a local restaurant is a Mexican-style shrimp cocktail. It features a combination of sweet shrimp, cocktail sauce, pico de gallo, and chunks of creamy avocado. This appetizer was the inspiration for my layered Tequila-Shrimp Confetti Guacamole, which features Casa Noble Crystal in every component. Yes, I went there…and you’re going to thank me when you try this adults-only appetizer! My guacamole features a base layer of tequila and lime-infused guacamole spooned into a margarita glass. It's then topped with layers of pico de gallo and shrimp tossed in cocktail sauce. This fun treat is pretty to look at…and even better to eat!

Tequila-Shrimp Confetti Guacamole
a Weekend Gourmet original
For the base layer:
  • 2 medium Haas avocados
  • 2 tbs. Casa Noble Crystal tequila
  • Juice of one small lime
  • ½ tsp. jalapeno-flavored hot sauce
  • 2 tsp. chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • ½ tsp. cracked black pepper
For the middle layer:
  • ½ cup pico de gallo (homemade or your favorite store brand)
  • 1 tsp. Casa Noble Crystal tequila
For the top layer:
  • 1 cup chopped boiled shrimp, well chilled
  • 2 tbs. cocktail sauce
  • 1 tsp. Casa Noble Crystal tequila
Step 1: Add the avocado, Casa Noble Crystal tequila, lime juice, hot sauce, cilantro, salt, and pepper to a bowl. Use a fork to combine the seasonings and the avocado – I like to leave my guacamole a bit chunky. Spoon the guacamole into a margarita glass, and make a small well in the top. Drain the pico de gallo and spoon it into the well in the guacamole layer.
Step 2: Combine the chopped boiled shrimp and cocktail sauce in a small bowl. Carefully mound the shrimp on top of the pico de gallo, making sure some of the pico de gallo layer is visible. Sprinkle with a bit more cilantro if you like.
Step 3: Serve immediately if possible, but it’s ok to chill in the fridge for up to an hour. Serve this guacamole with lots of warm, salty tortilla chips for dipping…and a fabulous cocktail. This guacamole will get rave reviews. The sweet and tangy shrimp layer, spicy pico de gallo layer, and creamy guacamole layer is a winning combination. The tequila flavor works really well here – but it’s not at all overpowering. Get ready for your guests to go crazy for this festive party appetizer!
Speaking of a perfect Cinco de Mayo cocktail, Casa Noble’s gorgeous Corona Sunset is a fabulous pairing for my super fun Tequila-Shrimp Confetti Guacamole. It offers a refreshing one-two punch of Casa Noble Crystal tequila and Corona beer, and it looks so pretty in the glass. It's so be easy to make, and it’s so refreshing on a warm Spring evening! For each Corona Sunset cocktail, you'll need the following ingredients:
  • 1.5 ounces Casa Noble Crystal Tequila
  • 1 ounce grenadine
  • 2 ounces orange juice
  • Corona Extra beer
  • An orange wheel
Combine the Casa Noble tequila and orange juice in a chilled pint glass, then add the grenadine and ice. Fill the remainder of the glass with Corona Extra and garnish with the orange wheel. Whether you’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo early this weekend or after work next Tuesday, I hope that you’ll include my festive tequila-infused guacamole and Corona Sunset cocktail in your festivities!
Disclosure: Casa Noble provided me with a bottle of Crystal tequila and a gift card to purchase recipe ingredients to facilitate this post. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

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