George Clooney and Rande Gerber's tequila label Casamigos Tequila started out as something exclusively for their friends.
“We would go to different restaurants and bars, and bartenders would suggest different tequilas, some really expensive, some not so expensive, some good, some not so good," Gerber says. "They all had one thing in common, they burned going down. With that,George turned to me and said,'Why don’t we just make our own, one that’s perfect for us?' So we did."
Clooney explained that everyone was enjoying it so much that they decided to turn it into a proper business. “At first we were doing it just for us. We just started making bottles for ourselves to drink and everybody liked it so we felt that this might be something we should sell.”
If you want to drink like Hollywood A-listers, here are four cocktail recipes you can try out using Casamigos:
- 30 ml Casamigos Blanco
- Tequila 30 ml
- Blood Orange juice
- 2 Serrano chilli slices
- Top with Prosecco Thick rim of salt, sugar and Tajin seasoning mixture (equal parts)
Combine all ingredients into tin shaker except for Prosecco. Muddle Serrano. Add ice. Shake vigorously for 4-6 seconds. Fine strain into champagne flute. Top with chilled Prosecco. Garnish with upside-down blood orange peel over top of cocktail.
- 30 ml Casamigos Blanco
- 30 ml Campari
- 30 ml Italian Sweet Vermouth
- Mezcal rinse
- Garnish with large orange peel
Combine all ingredients into glass mixer. Add ice. Stir quickly for 30-40 seconds. Strain into a short tumbler that has been rinsed with mezcal. Add one large block ice. Garnish with orange peel.
- 60 ml Casamigos Blanco Tequila
- 30 ml Fresh Lime Juice 30 ml Sugarcane Syrup (simple)
- 6 Red Seedless Grapes
Combine all ingredients into tin shaker. Muddle fruit. Add ice. Shake vigorously for 8-10 seconds. Pour all ingredients into a short tumbler. Top with fresh ice if needed. Garnish with a fresh lime wheel.
- 60 ml Casamigos Blanco
- 45 ml Lychee Liqueur
- 30 ml Fresh Lemon Juice
- 15 ml Ginger Syrup
- 15 ml Sugarcane Syrup (simple)
- 4 Basil Leaves Garnish with large basil leaf through skewer
Combine all ingredients into tin shaker. Muddle herbs. Add ice. Shake vigorously for 10-12 seconds. Fine strain into martini glass. Garnish with basil leaf.
Casa Watermelon Punch
- 1 Litre Casamigos Blanco
- 500ml Fresh Watermelon Juice
- 500ml Fresh Lime Juice
- 295ml Sugarcane Syrup (or Sugar Syrup)
- 34 Dashes Orange Bitters
Combine ingredients into a punch bowl. Stir in 3-4 scoops of ice. Garnish with large thin watermelon triangles with skin on and poke mint sprigs through top. Stir before each serving.
If cocktails aren't your thing, Casamigos Tequila can be served straight or on the rocks.