Embracing a Healthy Family: Celebrity Chef Marcela Valladolid's Warm Winter Margarita Recipe

Celebrity Chef Marcela Valladolid's Warm Winter Margarita Recipe

Mom, cookbook author and celebrity chef Marcela Valladolid, star of hit Food Network show ‘Mexican Made Easy’ has partnered with Sauza® Tequila to create easy-to-make, fresh tasting margaritas at home—no fancy tools and no exotic ingredients!

Entertaining your family and friends has never been easier and your guests are sure to leave abuzz about drinks such as Marcela’s Warm Winter Margarita, a traditional Mexican recipe passed on to Marcela from her grandmother… an old family recipe that she’d love to share with you.

Warm Winter Margaritas

Perfect for a cold day. This drink is full of flavor and makes the tequila blend smoothly.

Ingredients – Serves 4:

  • 3 ½ cups apple juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cups dried fruit of your choice
  • 2 tbs granulated sugar
  • shot glasses Sauza® Silver Tequila


Combine apple juice and cinnamon in a heavy pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick carefully. Add sugar, dried fruit, and tequila. Mix well. Serve warm.

Add a nice dinner and you have a fiesta!

Tequila Lime Chicken Tacos

  • 4 boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/2 cup Gold Sauza Tequila
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbs orange zest
  • Salt To Taste
  • Pepper To Taste
  • 2 fresh lime wedges for serving
  • 4-6 warm corn tortillas
  • 1 avocado cut into slices

Method of Preparation:
  1. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper on all sides. 
  2. Combine chicken, tequila, lime juice and orange zest in small shallow dish. 
  3. Cover and marinate at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours, turning occasionally.
  4. Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat) or preheat broiler. 
  5. Drain chicken; reserve marinade. 
  6. Grill or broil until just cooked through, occasionally basting chicken with some reserved marinade, about 4 minutes per side. 
  7. Boil remaining marinade in small saucepan 1 minute.
  8. Cut each chicken breast crosswise into thin slices. Arrange slices on platter. Garnish with lime wedges. 
  9. Serve chicken with tortillas, lime, avocado, and passing marinade separately as sauce.

Cranberry Mint Margarita

As families gather for Thanksgiving festivities, cranberries seem to be on everyone’s plate.  So why not have them in your glass as well?


  • 16 oz. cranberry/raspberry juice
  • 8 oz.  lemon/lime soda
  • 6 oz. Sauza® Silver Tequila
  • 8 mint leaves for garnish
Combine all ingredients except mint leaves in a pitcher. Serve over ice and garnish with two mint leaves.

Don't forget this great recipe to go along with this drink:

Tequila Lime Shrimp
  • 1  pound large shrimp in shell (21 to 25 per pound), peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 1/4 cup Sauza Silver Tequila
  • 1/4 cup green onions
  • 3/4 cup crema or sour cream

Method of Preparation:
  1. Toss shrimp with salt, green onions, lime juice, kosher salt and 3/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper.
  2. Heat  butter in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat until foam subsides, then sauté shrimp, turning, until pink and just cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. 
  3. Reduce heat and add Sauza blanco, then increase heat to medium-high. Tilt skillet over gas burner to ignite tequila (or ignite with a long match; use caution, as flames may shoot up high). Cook, shaking skillet gently once or twice, until flames subside. 
  4. Remove from heat and stir in crema. 
  5. Serve sprinkled with chili powder.

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