Thirsty Thursday: Patron XO Cafe

by Rachel on January 6, 2011

Tequila and coffee?

It just got a whole lot easier to drink first thing in the morning.

Remember that tequila set Eric gave me for Christmas? We broke into it on New Year’s Eve at the Houston Hilton, where, thanks to Groupon, we were spending the night in a fabulous suite and having dinner and breakfast at Rio Ranch.

My friend Jacki and I had declared 2010 the Year of the Sex Tape back in January. It just seemed like something that might happen to many, if not all, of our friends (if they had decided they were ready, of course). I mean, personally, I love my Flip cam, and I was dating guys who were attractive, good in bed, and not malicious enough to want to try to steal the tape. (And if they did, so what? Then my little blog could turn into a Kardashian-eque empire? Well, that’s turning lemons to lemonade now isn’t it? Sleeping your way to the top is so 90s. Modern girls sleep their way to the top on film.) Anyway, I never did fulfill the prophecy and I thought it would be a great idea to bring some tequila along to the hotel room, what with its good lighting and humongous bed, just in case I decided to meet that requirement with just a few hours left in the YOTST.

I mean, seriously, where better to do this than a Hilton?

Once we were all checked in and had investigated the shower (way too small in comparison to the rest of the suite!) I decided to taste test this new elixir of the gods while I was doing my hair and make-up.

(Former sorostitutes — does anything remind you more of sorority life than taking shots while blow drying in your bra? For me, nope…nothing does.)

Now I love tequila, but I definitely like some salt and a lime with it. Can I take it straight up? Yes. But do I? Only in dire circumstances. Perhaps omeone forgot to get limes for tailgate..or, more likely, I’m toting a pint of tequila in my purse to a social gathering. I’m OK with this but something about bringing limes along too makes my ensuing behavior feel premeditated. The idea of bringing limes makes me feel a little bit like that chick on MTV’s “True Life” — I think the episode was “I want to be a model” or “I’m on a diet” or “I want to be fat” but who the hell can remember? — who toted around a bottle of Hidden Valley Ranch in her purse. Just in case a restaurant didn’t have it. I don’t want to be That Girl.

The XO Cafe, however, ensures that you will not need to worry about toting a chaser. It is smooth. It still gives you that warm feeling when it goes down, and it makes you do that little shudder sometimes, but on the whole, it doesn’t taste too much like tequila. But it also doesn’t taste like Kahlua or a coffee liqueur. It’s pretty dry.

Once I taken a few sips (OK shots, if you want to be picky) and had determined that it was, in fact, safe to drink, I asked Eric if he wanted to mix some cocktails. We were dressed up and in a hotel room…I was thinking it was going to feel like “Mad Men.” The reality was, he brought the blender into the bathroom. Despite this lack of glamour, we poured in the tequila and some Starbucks peppermint mocha ice cream I had picked up just for the occasion.

We didn’t have a shot glass or even a spoon — why does a king suite not have such items?? what are we paying for here??! — but we made do, MacGuyver-style. I wish I could say exactly how much we blended of each but I really have no idea. If you do try this at home (and I highly recommend you do), just add as much tequila and as little ice cream as you can handle.

That’s what I did — and then I blended with one hand and blow dried with the other. It was trial and error. I didn’t want to spoil my appetite by adding too much ice cream before dinner, so mine turned out very strong.

But perhaps not strong enough. Turns out, 2010 was not, in fact, the YOTST, at least not for me.

Anyway, if you’re a tequila lover (or even not, actually, I don’t think that’s a requirement to like this stuff), I highly recommend giving this a try. I definitely want to experiment with it in hot coffee or in other cocktails. It’s different, fun, sexy, and delicious, and I’ve found myself craving the taste at inappropriate times — like while spinning yesterday, I thought I might like to cool off afterward with a Mocha Peppermint Drunkaccino. Honestly, if it weren’t add odds with all the Core Fusion I’m doing because it’s the first week of January, that bottle would probably be gone by now.

{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jill January 6, 2011 at 9:48 am

Yummm! I’m assuming they sell this at specs? I think I need some of this asap.


2 Rachel January 6, 2011 at 9:51 am

Yes, my gift set was from Specs! I am sure they have the individual bottles too!! That store is the Wal-mart of liquor.


3 Jackie @ Baking Charms January 6, 2011 at 9:49 am

Yes! Drinking while in your underwear while doing your hair definitely reminds me of college :)


4 Dori January 6, 2011 at 9:49 am

YES I need this! Starbucks peppermint mocha ice cream + TEQUILA = WOW. I think this should be an experiment at the Melissa Nibbles/Dori/Missy/Di hotel extravaganza later this month. Nibbles — thoughts??

Also Rach, you look gorgeous in that photo. And doesn’t the Hilton have the BEST beds ever? My friend and I love them so much we wanted to buy them. You can buy all their bedding at I am considering splurging on a pillow.


5 Rachel January 6, 2011 at 9:52 am

Ohh you DEFINITELY need to give this a try during your extravaganza when Nibbles comes to town! I will feel like I am there in spirit!!

The Hilton beds were AMAZING! Like, I have not slept that well in a LONG time. The pillows were my favorite part…I am definitely going to look into that!


6 Missy Maintains January 6, 2011 at 9:54 am

Yes yes!! Must try this!!!! Best idea I’ve heard all week.


7 Rachel's Mom January 6, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Isn’t Hilton the hotel chain that had the ads where people fell asleep as soon as they hit the bed? Guess the beds really are that comfortable? (If that was them.)


8 whitney January 6, 2011 at 9:59 am

I love the idea of a Groupon NYE date. If I was dating someone, which I am not, I would totally do this for, well, probably any occasion.

Tequila (and all liquor, really) gives me heartburn, but maybe the ice cream would counter-act it?


9 Katie January 6, 2011 at 9:59 am

Blending it with ice cream?? Beautiful. I first had XO Cafe mixed with some french press coffee and it was so good. Definitely not very tequila-ish.


10 Diane January 6, 2011 at 10:19 am

The “True Life” episode is “I’m Happy to be Fat.” It features a plus-size model (girl with the ranch dressing in her purse), a guy who’s tired of being a fetish for the chubby-chasing community, and a college student who wants to start a body acceptance group on campus. It’s online at if anyone wants to watch it.

Just throwing that out there. I’m obsessed with “True Life!”


11 Rachel January 6, 2011 at 10:51 am

THANK YOU! I knew someone would remember the name of the episode. But major props for remembering the other two story lines!


12 Aj January 6, 2011 at 12:02 pm

I heart that episode soooo much! I love True Life but my all time favorite scene is when she pulls out that ranch dressing at the fried chicken place. And I love when the guy throws a chub-chasing night at the gay club!


13 Carolyn January 7, 2011 at 9:43 am

OMG – I love that episode too! I’ve been randomly singing “Biiiigbootybigbootybigbooty” at inappropriate times lately bc the girl trying to start the body acceptance club uses that as an exercise to warm up her acting group. I can’t with myself.


14 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write January 6, 2011 at 10:25 am

I literally laughed out loud when you brought up the woman who carried Ranch in her purse. I remember she used the excuse, “People carry hot sauce around. How is this different?” Touche, girlfriend. Touche.

Can I just say I think it’s awesome you guys brought a blender into your hotel room? hehe


15 Rachel January 6, 2011 at 10:50 am

YES! I was going to include that in the post but I was already getting way too far into Tangentland. I’m so glad someone else appreciates these things like I do.

And yes, the Magic Bullet made an appearance! It’s the perfect size to tote on such adventures!!


16 Lauren at KeepItSweet January 6, 2011 at 10:25 am

hahaha I love reading your blog. i could go for a drunkaccino right now!


17 Kayla @ Let's Live Wholesome January 6, 2011 at 10:29 am

When I saw you post the photo of the booze coffee tequila the other day, my mouth started watering immediately! I’m not really a tequila girl, persay, as bad things tend to happen when I drink it.

And by bad I mean good.


But seriously, I’ve opened at my coffee shop before (5:30am) and craved a beer. WTF, right?

Coffee tequila is significantly more appropriate. Rest assured.


18 angela January 6, 2011 at 10:56 am

I have a weakness for peppermint mochas every christmas season to begin with. Would not have thought of this without you. ;)


19 G January 6, 2011 at 10:58 am

“taking shots while blow drying in your bra” = this perfectly defines the three years I lived in residence while completing my bachelor’s degree. Brings back so many memories…


20 Mary @ stylefyles January 6, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I love warm drinks and I love alcohol, but I’ve never been the biggest fan of the Baileys and Jamison combination. Perhaps you’ve just transcribed my destiny.


21 Manon January 6, 2011 at 12:53 pm

“taking shots while blow drying in your bra”….was I supposed to stop doing that when I turned 30?


22 Meaghan @ OhReillyWrites January 6, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I mistakenly though you wrote”while blow drying your bra” and spent several minutes trying to figure out why on earth someone would do that — like some sort of hot girl beauty secret I was never privy to. It took me until the comments section to figure it out!

A nice hotel room on NYE is a great idea!


23 Sandy January 6, 2011 at 1:43 pm

ummm coooool for you?


24 Rachael January 6, 2011 at 1:49 pm

oh the bottle of ranch coming out of her purse … that is perhaps, one of the definitive things I remember about watching True Life, that and the plastic surgery episode where the Jersey douche got calf implants. The image of blood oozing from his incision sites is forever burned into my brain.

And then I promptly found myself dabbling in the medical field. Odd.


25 jenna January 6, 2011 at 2:55 pm

bahaha whenever anyone mentions true life, i always think of those dang calf implants first. so creepy!


26 Rachael January 6, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Also, I think you need to make Thirsty Thursday a regular thang … just sayin’


27 Bethany @Bridezilla Bakes January 6, 2011 at 7:44 pm



28 Caitlin January 6, 2011 at 3:53 pm

How ironic is it that I am sitting in Starbucks enjoying a peppermint mocha RIGHT NOW!? (Yes you can get them all year long.) I just cannot stomach liquor like I used to but perhaps this would be like a fun little treat for the six gallons of HEB peppermint ice cream I have in my freezer for the coming months? And drinking while primping? I still do that, or did, when I lived in Pittsburgh.

Also, I was a little upset there was no sex tape. Just sayin.


29 Sarah January 6, 2011 at 5:50 pm

RACHEL! I think I want to be your best friend…you just profiled my FAVORITE liquor EVER…so freakin DELISH…and yes, i really am a total lush.


30 Margot January 6, 2011 at 6:46 pm

That tequila sounds so good – I got 1921 Tequila Cream when I was in Mexico for the holidays and it was amazing, but I think they only sell in the border states in the US (lucky you)…


31 Kristen January 6, 2011 at 10:33 pm

“Former sorostitutes — does anything remind you more of sorority life than taking shots while blow drying in your bra? For me, nope…nothing does.” — seriously, this statement is SO true! one roommate blow-drying, one straightening, one doing make up, and the last one pouring the shots :)


32 Suzanne January 7, 2011 at 12:38 am

Try it with half and half! It’s AMAZING.


33 Theresa Sondjo January 7, 2011 at 2:24 am

Oh college, how I miss you sometimes.

Coffee + tequila + a few drops of hot sauce = the best way to wake up in the morning. You can throw some bailey’s in there to sweeten things up if you want, but I find it entirely unnecessary.


34 Jess-The SemiAbnormal Gal January 7, 2011 at 8:39 pm

My dad loves this stuff! I enjoy a sip now and then, but I think over all I prefer my tequila and coffee separate. I fell in love with Honey Bourbon by Evan Williams this winter. So tasty.


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