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Posts Tagged ‘Tequila’

Cocktail Hour: Tequila Punch

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 17, 2016

Spiced Rum Punch

Punch Anyone?

Some of the best crowd pleasing mixed drinks are what we traditionally call ‘Punch‘ recipes. These recipes are great for large gatherings as they are easy for the home bartender to create. In fact, a useful formula for creating a flavourful punch can be remembered using this simple poem:

Two of sour (lemon or lime juice)
One of Sweet (Sugar syrup)
Three of Strong (80 proof alcohol)
Four of weak (Water, ice or non-tart juice)

This formula is not only useful for punch recipes; the first three lines are often the basis of cocktail recipes. This is because the ratios noted in the poem do a good job of balancing the flavour between the different sweet and sour ingredients found in most citrus based cocktails.

I wondered about the genesis of the poem and did a little research several years ago and found a comparable poem for Planters Punch from the New York Times in 1908.

PLANTER’S PUNCH
(from the 1908 New York Times)

This recipe I give to thee,
Dear brother in the heat.
Take two of sour (lime let it be)
To one and a half of sweet,
Of Old Jamaica pour three strong,
And add four parts of weak.
Then mix and drink. I do no wrong —
I know whereof I speak.

The difference is subtle; but the older version uses a slightly higher amount of sweet ingredient (sugar syrup). I wonder to myself if perhaps the old bartenders used a weaker ratio of sugar to water in their sugar syrup or if perhaps going back in time people just preferred a sweeter punch recipe. In my experience I prefer the older New York Times formulation which is perhaps because I also use a less sweet sugar syrup (1:1 ratio) than most bartenders do (1:2).

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Tequila Punch

Although the recipe from the 1908 newspaper is for a Rum Punch, there is no reason Tequila cannot form the base of an equally refreshing summertime punch recipe. With this thought in mind, and with a large amount of poetic license, I created the following Tequila Punch mixing citrus juice and berry flavours and with Espolon Blanco Tequila.

It tastes absolutely delicious.

Tequila Punch

2 oz Lime Juice (two of Sour)
1 oz Raspberry Syrup (one of Sweet)
3 oz Espolon Blanco (three of strong)
1 oz Ocean Spray Cranberry Cocktail  (the other half of sweet and part of the weak)
2 oz Orange Juice  (part of the weak)
ice (with orange juice and cranberry cocktail we have four parts of weak )
Frozen Raspberries

Build in a large Tumbler with Ice
Stir to Mix
Garnish with Frozen Raspberries
Enjoy!

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!

Note: My review of Epsolon Blanco Tequila will publish tomorrow.

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Review: Cabresto Silver Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 15, 2016

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Tequila Cabresto, imported by Cabresto Imports Corporation, is a brand rooted as solidly in Detroit as they are in Arandas, Mexico. It is a family owned brand with duties spread across two generations of the Lopez family. Founder Silverio Lopez runs the family ranch in Arandas and cares for the agave until its reached peak yield. His son Antonio is learning the craft of growing the agave and currently handles the branding and exportation of Cabresto to the United States. Silverio’s daughter, Sonia, is the first Lopez to graduate college and is spearheading the US operations of the Cabresto Imports Corporation. They do all this while maintaining the family tire shop in Southwest Detroit.

Cabresto Silver Tequila is a pure 100% Agave tequila. The agave fields, and the distillery which produces the tequila are located in Atotonilco in the highlands of Los Altos de Jalisco, Mexico. The harvested agave is cooked in an adobe furnace that softens the plant’s fibers and transforms its starches into sugars. Once cooked and rested the agave is passed through a shredder to separate the coarse fibers, then through rollers to squeeze out its sweet juice.

As a highland tequila,we can expect the Cabresto Tequila to exhibit strong fruity citrus notes and to have a little hot pepper in the delivery and in the finish. (This is as opposed to lowland tequila which has stronger earthier flavours of agave and less hot pepper.)

Cabresto Silver Tequila is bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my full review of a blanco tequila which I have found to be ridiculously good:

Review: Cabresto Silver Tequila

“… The fruity agave seems to hint at impressions of baked garden squash, grilled pineapple and mushy banana. As I am enjoying the aroma, I notice citrus spice and herb pepper building up and breaking free from the earthy agave notes. Perhaps I am noticing a hint of cinnamon and a touch of soothing menthol in the breezes as well …”

Please enjoy my review of this outstanding silver tequila, Chimo!

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Review: Camarena Silver Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 13, 2016

Camerena SilverCamarena is a relatively new tequila brand launched in 2010 by six generation tequila producer, Familia Camarena. The spirit is produced at the Tequila Supremo Distillery (Nom 1456 CRT) and is apparently distributed throughout North America by E.& J. Gallo Winery.

The Camerena Silver Tequila is produced from 100% Blue Weber agaves, grown in the rich red clay and cool climate of the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. As a Highland Tequila, we can expect Camarena to exhibit strong fruity citrus notes and to have a little hot pepper in the delivery and in the finish. (This is as opposed to lowland tequila which has strong earthy flavours of agave and less hot pepper.)

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Camarena Silver Tequila

“… I discovered a heated agave aroma with spicy white pepper scents rising into the breezes above the glass. There is a very evident vegetal earthiness apparent which warns me that this spirit is going to have a fruity agave punch to go along with its overt spiciness. Fortunately, I also notice some soothing menthol-like aromas which may salvage my tonsils …”

Please enjoy my latest tequila review as I embark on a little tequila, Chimo!

 

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Cocktail Hour: The Paloma

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 11, 2016

Paloma SAM_2517Today’s cocktail is a serving which some claim is the most popular bar drink in Mexico, the Paloma. Because the serving has no ‘official construction’, there seems to be as many variations in the recipe as there are cocktail bloggers who write about it. Most commonly the recipe is stated to be a mixture of Grapefruit Soda (Fresca or Squirt maybe) and Blanco Tequila served in a tall glass with lots of ice. (I sometimes use Koala Brand Cooler (the grapefruit/kiwi/lime combination) and it tastes great as well.)

Nothing, however beats a Paloma made with real grapefruit juice and a dollop of fresh squeezed lime for tartness. Here is my favoured recipe which is perhaps a little heavier on the tequila side than most of the variations I see online (usually 1:3 ration tequila to grapefruit); but my stronger libation tastes great, and on a hot afternoon, it is hard to beat.

Paloma

2 oz Camarena Silver Tequila
2 oz Grapefruit Juice
1/2 oz Lime Juice
3/8 oz Sugar syrup (1:1)
Ice
Sparkling Water or Soda

Fill a tall tumbler with Ice
Mix the first four ingredients in a mixing glass
Add to the ice filled tumbler
Complete with soda
Garnish with fresh grapefruit if desired
(For best results use fresh chilled ingredients on to be honest the use of a straw is probably not recommended)

Enjoy responsibly on a hot sunny day!

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

Note: My review for Camerena Silver Tequila will publish soon as my descent into Tequila madness begins.

Chimo!

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Review: Dulce Vida Organic Rocky Mountain (Añejo Tequila)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 31, 2016

Dulce Vida Rocky MountainDulce Vida Tequila is produced from 100% organic agave grown in the Los Altos highlands which are situated in the Tequila Region of Mexico. The company produces the only 100° proof, 100% organic tequila (also free from additives of any kind) in the world. As well as being 100% organic, their tequila is also produced in a manner which embraces the concept of sustainability.

Dulce Vida Organic Rocky Mountain Edition is produced from a special selection of barrels chosen by Dulce Vida’s Colorado State Manager which have rested in the light, crisp air of the Rocky Mountains’ high altitude and outdoor environment. The Añejo Tequila was aged in these single barrels in the Los Altos region of Jalisco at 1790 meters of altitude in the dry, crisp climate of San Ignacio Cerro Gordo near Arandas, also known as Tierra Colorada.

Here is a link to my review of this special Añejo Tequila:

Review: Dulce Vida Organic Rocky Mountain (Añejo Tequila)

“… The initial scents above the glass carry impressions of fine oak spices and sandalwood interspersed with wisps of butterscotch, honey and vanilla. As I inspected the breezes I soon noticed a very well-defined highland spiciness (white pepper and lime zest) coming forward which was accented very nicely with the light earthy aroma of agave fruit. Pineapple, pumpkin and baked squash all seem to be hinted at …”

Please enjoy my review which completes my examination of the Dulce Vida Range.

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Note: Here are links to my other reviews of Dulce Vida Spirits:

 

 

 

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Review: Dulce Vida Organic Tequila Lone Star III (Anejo)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 19, 2016

Dulce Vida Lone Star IIIDulce Vida Tequila is produced from 100% organic agave grown in the Los Altos highlands which are situated in the Tequila Region of Mexico. The company produces the only 100° proof, 100% organic tequila (also free from additives of any kind) in the world. As well as being 100% organic, their tequila is also produced in a manner which embraces the concept of sustainability. During production of the spirit a complete waste recapture program is set in place which results in the production of a nutrient-rich soil supplement which is supplied to the local farming community. The methane gas which is produced as a by-product of the waste collection & processing is captured and utilized to help power Dulce Vida’s production facilities in the village of San Ignacio Cerro Gordo at Campanario.

Dulce Vida Organic Tequila Lone Star III (Anejo) has been aged in Garrison Brother’s Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey barrels. The Garrison barrels are a special cooperage, 10-gallon barrels which were used to age the first Texas Bourbon produced.

Here is a link to my review of this wonderful añejo spirit:

Review: Dulce Vida Organic Tequila Lone Star III (Anejo)

“… The breezes above the glass carry indications of a lightly sweet honey and fruit scent which seemed to reflect impressions of vanilla, canned pears and sweet apricots the combination of which seems to me to be quite unusual for a tequila spirit. I also sense light indications of fine oak and sandalwood spices combined with mild indication of white pepper. The typical earthy/fruity aroma (reminiscent of garden squash or pumpkin) of the agave is buried deep within the spirit as is the typical peppery squeal of highland spice …”

Please enjoy my review.

 

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Cocktail Hour: Tequila Añejo Old Fashioned

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 18, 2016

The Old Fashioned Cocktail is usually associated with whisky, perhaps rum and even brandy; but only recently has it become fashionable as a cocktail suitable for the agave spirit, Tequila. This is perhaps because the spicy flavour characteristic of tequila (añejo or otherwise) does not lend itself easily to this simple cocktail. The peppery spice and the earthy fruity agave flavours are aggressive, and in an Old Fashioned, these aggressive flavours are given free rein. Many persons find the result just a little too demanding and intimidating for a drink we aspire to enjoy in our easy chair after a long day at work.

What I have found is that rather than adding simple syrup as the sweetener, a better course of action is to add a mixture of agave syrup and orange Curacao. In particular, the orange Curacao plays wonderfully with aged tequila tempering its wild side, without diminishing its rich depth and character.

Anejo Old FashionedWith a wonderful tequila like the Dulce Vida Organic Tequila Lone Star (Anejo), the results of this simple tweak can be quite stunning.

Tequila Añejo Old Fashioned

2 oz Dulce Vida Organic Tequila Lone Star III (Anejo)
1/4 oz Orange Curacao
1/8 oz Agave Syrup
ice
Orange Peel

Add a thin coil of Orange Peel to the bottom of a rocks glass
Add a few cubes of ice
Pour 2 oz Añejo Tequila over the ice
Stir Gently
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!

Note: My posting for Dulce Vida Organic Tequila Lone Star III (Anejo) will publish tomorrow.

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Review: Dulce Vida Organic (Reposado Tequila)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 10, 2016

Dulce Vida ReposadoDulce Vida Tequila is produced from 100% organic agave grown in the Los Altos highlands which are situated in the Tequila Region of Mexico. The company produces the only 100° proof, 100% organic tequila (also free from additives of any kind) in the world. As well as being 100% organic, their tequila is also produced in a manner which embraces the concept of sustainability. During production of the spirit a complete waste recapture program is set in place which results in the production of a nutrient-rich soil supplement which is supplied to the local farming community. As well, the methane gas which is produced as a by-product of the waste collection & processing is captured and utilized to help power Dulce Vida’s production facilities in the village of San Ignacio Cerro Gordo at Campanario (in Mexico of course).

Dulce Vida Organic Añejo Tequila has been aged for 11 months in American Bourbon Whiskey barrels, and my review shall begin as it always does with a look at the bottle.

Here is a link to my review of the 2015 Rum Howler Reposado Tequila of The Year:

Review: Dulce Vida Organic (Reposado Tequila)

“… The initial breezes above the glass carry a nice updraft of fine oak spice and sandalwood interspersed with wisps of butterscotch and honey. It takes only a little while for a nice peppery agave scent to come forward. The spicy agave slowly reveals its signature ‘punky’ fruity aroma; however the oak and sandal wood in the air never lose their way. They remain as lovely accents upon the spicy punky highland agave fruit …”

Please enjoy the review!

Chimo!

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The Year In Tequila – (The 2015 Rum Howler Awards)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 27, 2015

RH-winner2015In 2013, I lamented that it was a bad year for Tequila as far as my home Province of Alberta was concerned, and in 2014 things were to the point that I decided to omit my Rum Howler Awards for Tequila altogether. In 2015, I decided to do something about this state of affairs and I made a concentrated effort to make Tequila a larger part of my website. I began in May with my Rum Howler 2015 Margarita Challenge. As part of my efforts, I sent a call out to industry and asked for samples of Blanco Tequila with the aim of having a small competition to see which brand made the best Margarita Cocktail. I even designed my version of this quintessential cocktail just for the competition, the Alfred Cointreau Margarita Cocktail

My efforts were rewarded as I managed to garner about a dozen samples and when the dust had settled I determined that a new agave brand from Patron, Roca Patron Silver was in the opinion my cast of jurors the best Blanco tequila for our summer time tequila cocktails. My competition had the ancillary benefit of drawing the attention of more tequila producers to my website,  and I received not only a good selection of blanco tequila samples, but also a nice smattering of Reposado, and Anejo tequila as well as a very delicious Extra Anejo.

All of this means that my Rum Howler Awards for Tequila are back, and quite frankly, I could not be happier about that. Here is a link to my awards page for my 2015 Tequila Awards:

The 2015 Rum Howler Awards – The Year in Tequila

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Note: The awards pages contain links to all of the reviews for the awards spirits, two of which have never been reviewed upon my website previously.  Please enjoy the awards and stay tuned for my awards for Gin, Vodka, Whisky and Rum!

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#4 Dulce Vida Extra Añejo (Rum Howler Top 100 Spirits)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 21, 2015

Dulce Vida Tequila is produced from 100% organic agave grown in the Los Altos highlands which are situated in the Tequila Region of Mexico. The company produces the only 100° proof, 100% organic tequila (also free from additives of any kind) in the world. As well as being 100% organic, their tequila is also produced in a manner which embraces the concept of sustainability. During production of the spirit a complete waste recapture program is set in place which results in the production of a nutrient-rich soil supplement which is supplied to the local farming community.

Dulce Vida Extra Añejo SAM_1886Dulce Vida Extra Añejo is a celebratory spirit which has been matured for just over five years in single oak barrels from the Napa Valley. The Limited Edition spirit commemorates Dulce Vida’s five-year anniversary. This is the first Extra Anejo Tequila spirit which I have reviewed, and my review shall begin as it always does with a look at the bottle.

Here is a link to the best Tequila I have tasted, and the #4 Spirit in my Rum Howler Top 100 Spirits Countdown.

#4 – Dulce Vida Extra Añejo

“… I found myself spending a solid ten minutes just enjoying the aroma which drifted upwards from my glass. Along with that hint of red licorice were notes of dry fruit (dates and raisins), spicy oak and luscious milk chocolate. Given time, the agave did present itself, but it was a soft agave with smells of pumpkin pie and black pepper impregnating its presence …”

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You may follow my Countdown list of the 100 Best Spirits here: The Rum Howler 2015 – Top 100 Spirits

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