September 18, 2006
Don't get us wrong - we love margaritas. In fact, we've developed a taste for good tequila overall, and we've learned it pays to be a bit adventurous with how you drink it. We found some cool ideas for alternate consumption methods, but we're not going to include them all here (you can figure out to drink good tequila straight on your own, right?).
Con sangrita: A shot of tequila sipped with a shot of sangrita, a chile-hot, tomato-citrus juice.
Bandera: This version lines up three shot glasses--one with tequila (white), one with the reddish sangrita (red) and a third with the greenish juice of the key lime (green)--which are the colors of the Mexican flag (or bandera).
Submarino: Basically, a shot of tequila with a beer chaser. (Sometimes a shot of tequila is inverted inside the beer mug so when you drink the beer the shot glass tips a little letting tequila escape into the beer.)
Coscorron: This translates as a "knock on the head." Here's why: Add a bit of lemon-lime soda and a few drops of key lime (limon) to a shot of tequila. Then, with your hand covering the top of the shot glass, tap (gently, please) the glass on the table and drink it down.
via Chicago Tribune
Oh, and by the way? Don't forget about our good friend Mezcal (like Scorpion Mezcal) if you're looking to branch out.
September 1, 2006
Let's face it, time is running out on being able to enjoy summery drinks like Margaritas here in the Northeast. That's not to say you can't drink a Margarita when it's raining/snowing/frigid out, but it's just not as much fun. It's a summer drink.
In order to maximize your time with Margarita glass in hand before summer runs out, our friend Greg over at Urban Monarch sent over an extremely simple and quick recipe. Now get to blendin' before the sun disappears for 6 months or so!
Here's what you need:
- 12 oz Frozen Limeade Concentrate (available at any grocery store)
- 12 oz Sprite or carbonated lemon-lime drink of your choice
- 12 oz Corona
- 12 oz Tequila
So, a frozen limeade, a can of sprite, a bottle of corona, and tequila (use the empty limeade can to measure out your tequila). Mix it up, break out the margarita salt, and enjoy before the summer's gone!
A word of caution: don't put it in a blender and think you can use the low "Stir" setting to mix it. You'll lose half the margaritas as it spews out the top and all over your kitchen. Yes, I'm kitchen-challenged - even with blenders.
via Urban Monarch
August 29, 2006
There seems to be a lot of traffic at our nation's southern borders, but it's not all Mexican folks heading north to find a new way of life. There are lots of American companies heading southward to buy out new and interesting products - including Tequila. Brown-Forman is the latest to do so and they've bought Casa Herradura, a widely respected Tequila brand.
While some tequila lovers were upset by the new acquisition, others said the knee-jerk reaction would quickly pass and that prices of the agave drink might come down in the long run.
"It doesn't bother me. The Americans generally do business better and that could lead to lower tequila prices," said Juan Camacho, a newspaper kiosk owner. "How many tequila drinkers are going to complain?"
We're not worried...we've had dealings with some Brown-Forman folks and they strike us as nothing but top notch - plus we liked their other tequilas. Casa Herradura Tequila is available at Internet Wine & Spirits - we recommend starting out with the Blanco and the Reposado.
We keep telling you you shouldn't drink your tequila - especially the good stuff - solely out of a shot glass. Now you'll have another option. Bully for you.
Shaped for extracting full enjoyment when sipping tequila, the four glasses in this set have narrow bowls on long, slender, stylish stems. Part of the moderately priced Ouverture series offered by world-renowned Austrian glassmaker Riedel Crystal (founded in 1756), they're lead-free.
That means they're not crystal like Riedel's premium glasses but are machine blown of potash glass and are dishwasher-safe. Their thin rims are cut and polished to Riedel's exacting standards, so tequila flows easily onto the tongue and flavor is enhanced. Each glass holds 6-3/4 ounces and stands 8-1/4 inches high.
August 21, 2006
Dos Lunas Reposado
Super-Premium Tequila Imported from Mexico
Aged One Year in Oak Barrels
80 Proof (40% ABV)
Typical Price: Around $54.99
Dos Lunas Website
For a lot of people, Tequila is a drink reserved solely for shots or mixed drinks, and quite often people don't think of it as a sipping drink. That's been changing a bit lately thanks to an influx of higher quality Tequilas rather than that stuff you used to drink in high school, whose name rhymed with Shmosay Shmairvo.
Dos Lunas is the latest we've encountered, and while we enjoyed the first bottle we tried (read our Dos Lunas Silver review) we were really looking forward to the Reposado. We tend to like liquor that has been set aside to mellow out a bit, and putting it in oak barrels always makes us think of our favorite drink, Bourbon. We uncorked our bottle of Dos Lunas Reposado last week with high hopes - read on for our thoughts on the taste and quality.
Continue reading: "Dos Lunas Reposado Tequila Review"
August 15, 2006
Dos Lunas Silver
Super-Premium Tequila Imported from Mexico
80 Proof (40% ABV)
Typical Price: Around $49.99
Dos Lunas Website
We've always been big "form follows function" proponents here at Liquor Snob, and that goes for everything, right down to our liquor bottles. We know the liquor market is competitive, and the often the first thing you need to do is make your bottle stand out enough for someone to pick it up and decide to buy it among the hundreds of other options. That's why we chuckle a little bit every time we look at our bottle of Dos Lunas, which kind of looks like someone accidentally filled a bottle of Vidal Sassoon (or maybe Suave) with booze.
Although, maybe they're on to something, because the bottle is distinctive enough that we're talking about it...which means we'll remember it. But is the tequila inside the bottle as memorable? We drank enough to find out, plus we compared it to Patron, one of our favorite premium tequilas - read on to find out how Dos Lunas measured up.
Continue reading: "Dos Lunas Silver Tequila Review"
August 8, 2006
We just got our hands on two bottles of Dos Lunas Tequila (Silver and Reposado), a new tequila that bills itself as super-premium and chemical-free. It's made of 100% Blue Agave, and the Silver is bottled right after distillation while the Reposado is aged for 9 months in oak casks. It all sounds like a standard setup for a solid tequila, but since we haven't tried it yet we'll focus the thing we can tell you now - it comes in a crazy bottle.
The typical comment when we show off the bottle is that it looks like a shampoo or conditioner bottle, then we remind them it's way better because it's full of hooch. The bottles are also interesting because they have "windows" in them that allow you to see through the tequila to back label photographs. Pretty cool, but it's one thing to have a distinctive bottle and another to make a memorable tequila. We'll let you know how Dos Lunas measures up as soon as we try it. Dos Lunas will be available in Colorado, Texas and New Mexico this summer, and it'll be released nationwide by the end of 2007.
Read up and get ready for our full review at DosLunas.com.
August 7, 2006
We hadn't heard of XXX Tequila until recently, but apparently they've been around long enough to create a Reposado. As you know, Reposado Tequila is aged longer than your typical silver or gold, and this one is aged for nine months in oak barrels. The oak tends to mellow out and smoothen the flavor of "The Juice," making for a Tequila that's more of a sipper than a mixer. We've snooped around and heard good things about all three varieties of XXX (Silver, Gold and Reposado); if you want to give them a try you can buy a bottle of the Gold at Internet Wines or check your local liquor store.
Now they seem to be going after more serious drinkers with their 100% Blue Agave Reposado Tequila, The Reposado is more of a sipper than a mixer and i aged for nine months in white oak barrels. XXX Tequila was recently anointed by Time magazine as a "hot brand" and has received awards from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
August 1, 2006
We just found musings on some higher-end tequilas we thought you'd be interested in. This guy's all about Sauza Hornitos and Don Eduardo Reposado (check out our review of Don Eduardo Silver) but he also offers some interesting notes about the creation process, the reason why "tequila cruda" isn't the way to go, and why you shouldn't use your expensive tequila with a pre-made margarita mix.
My staple tequila is Sauza Hornitos (about $30 for a 750-milliliter bottle). It smells like a bouquet of spring flowers sprinkled with pepper, and it's easy on the tongue. But it's potent enough to punch through the sugar and citrus in a margarita. (You don't want to waste this tequila on a prefab mix; instead, mix the juice of 3 lemons and 3 limes, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 cup of Triple Sec, 1 cup of tequila and 2 cups crushed ice. Shake or blend and serve. Makes 4 drinks.)
At more than $50 a bottle, Don Eduardo Reposado isn't likely to find its way into a margarita (not at my house, anyway), but as a sipping tequila, it's a marvel, with an aroma as full of nuance as a single-barrel bourbon, and multiple layers of sweet, hot, sour flavors that call out for slow, meditative drinking.
While the prices may make you wince, these are tequilas that can be sipped solo with a smile, or turned into exquisite mixed drinks.
via Louisville Courier-Journal
July 26, 2006
Remember when we told you about Ley .925, the most expensive tequila we've ever heard of, and we were kind of freaking out because it was slated to sell for $150,000 per bottle? Well, it's been released and by jove, the've sold a bottle. Not only that, they sold it for a cool $225,000 instead of that piddling $150K we were talking about, and according to their website they're trying to get into the Guinness Book for it. So how do we get into that business?
Producer Tequila Ley .925 announced Saturday that it has sold a bottle of Mexico's best-known beverage in a gold and platinum casing for a whopping $225,000.
"This is a really unique bottle of tequila and our client, a U.S.-based collector of fine wines and spirits, will treasure this prize to add to an already impressive collection," said company CEO Fernando Altamirano in a news release. The buyer's name was not disclosed.
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