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Posts Tagged ‘Herradura Tequila’

Cocktail Hour – The Choco-Mint Julep Shake-up

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 5, 2018

Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby have fallen on the same day! So let’s shake up the official drink of the Kentucky derby (The Mint Julep) by adding a little Mexican flavour in the form of Herradura Tequila. You might think I am crazy, but recently a good friend of mine, Valerie Bradshaw sent me her recipe for the Mint Julep Smash-up which was featured as part of the local coverage of the festivities surrounding the Kentucky Derby (see here: The Official Drink of The Kentucky Derby).

My version isn’t quite the same as Val’s, as I decided to stick to using the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby, Woodford Reserve. And, because her recipe called for chocolate bitters, I upped the ante and used Chocolate-Mint in my muddle as well. This means that it is not just the Herradura tequila that turns the flavour in a new direction, the chocolate mint and bitters add their own dimension as well.

If you want to try this at home, I would suggest going easy on both the tequila and the bitters the first time you make it. It certainly is easier to add a more and re-shake the serving, than it is to try to take some of the aggressive ingredients back.

When you get it right the cocktail is delicious!

The Choco-Mint Julep Shake-up

1 1/4 oz Woodford Reserve Double Oak Bourbon
3/8 oz Herradura Silver Tequila
3/8 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
Chocolate-Mint Leaves
1/2 oz Sugar Syrup (1:1 ratio)
dash Fees Bothers Chocolate Bitters
Ice
Sparkling Water
Mint Sprig (Mojito mint makes an attractive garnish)

Muddle Mint Leaves in a Mixing Glass with 1 oz of Bourbon
Strain into a Metal Shaker filled with Ice
Add the Tequila and Sugar Syrup
Shake until the outside of the Shaker begins to frost
Pour into your Serving Glass
Complete with Sparkling Water
Garnish with Lime and Mint Leaves

Enjoy Responsibly!

Note: If  you are interested in more of my original cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!

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My thanks to Valerie Bradshaw for sending me the basic recipe a few days ago. My new review for the Herradura Silver Tequila published a few days ago (see here), and you can be sure I will add a review of the wonderful Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon in the coming weeks as well.

Chimo!

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Review: Herradura Reposado Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 4, 2012

Thirty miles from Guadalajara, in the state of Jalisco, in the town of Amatitan, is where the Herradura LDN can be found. Herradura LDN makes a true 100% Weber Blue agave tequila. The agave is cooked in old stone ovens, and distilled on old copper pot stills.

Herradura Reposado tequila has won numerous awards and accolades for the Herradura company. As well, Herradura LDN is credited on more than one website as pioneering the movement towards aging tequila in oak and making Reposado and Anejo Tequila. Reposado means rested, and literally the implication is that this style of tequila ‘rests’ in oak. By law reposado tequila must spend more than two months and less than one year in oak to be considered  “Reposado”.  The Herradura Reposado rests in oak for eleven months.

I first reviewed the Herradura Reposado on my website in January of 2010. Recently I received a new bottle, and this past weekend I put it through the paces of my review system and revised my original review. Here is an excerpt from that review:

“… Once we pour the Herradura Reposado our nose is immediately greeted with an intense, earthy, agave scent. Getting past the intensity of that earthy agave is difficult, but letting the glass rest for a few moments allows us to catch sweeter tones of caramel and to a lesser extent vanilla. The spiciness of red chili peppers and a hint of citrus complete the nose …”

My complete review is available here:

Review: Herradura Reposado Tequila

As well I have included a classic Tequila recipe, the Toreador.

Please enjoy the review and the classic cocktail….

Cheers!

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Tequila: Herradura Reposado

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 12, 2010

HERRADURA Reposado

The first time I approached someone of knowledge about Tequila, I was a little apprehensive.  My few experiences with Tequila in my youth had not inspired me to become an aficionado.  In fact you could say that I avoided the Tequila section of the corner liquor store, certain from my youthful experiences that nothing good could come from those bottles.  Songs about people “jumping on the tables and shooting out the lights” did not inspire me to take a second glance,  and “wasting away again in Margarita ville” did not seem to me to be a good idea.  But curiosity finally got the better of me, as it seemed certain that the drink must have some redeeming features.  After all, people did buy and drink the stuff , did they not.  So I approached the counter at a local boutique store and asked,  “What would you suggest, if I wanted a good tequila to serve to friends.”

The bottle I was shown was Herradura Reposado.  I bought it, and have never regretted the purchase.  Here is a little background material about this Tequila and the company that makes it.

Thirty miles from Guadalajara, in the state of Jalisco, in the town of Amatitan,  is where the Herradura LDN is found.   Herradura LDN makes a true 100% Weber Blue agave Tequila.  The agave is cooked in old stone ovens, and distilled on old copper pot stills, and this tequila making tradition has won numerous awards and accolades for The Herradura company

As well, Herradura LDN  is credited on more than one website as pioneering the movement towards aging tequila in oak and making Reposado and Anejo Tequila.  Reposado means rested, and literally the implication is that this style of tequila ‘rests’ in oak.  By law Reposado tequilas must spend more than two months and less than one year in oak to be considered  “Reposado”.  The Herradura Reposado stays in oak for eleven months.

Here is my review for Herradurra Reposado Tequila:

Tequila Review: Heradurra Reposado

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