Unique Spirits for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is a government and school holiday which celebrates Mexico's win over the French army in 1862. This Battle of Puebla (Batalla de Puebla) is not to be confused with Mexico's Independence Day. What began as an observance of a somewhat insignificant event has grown tremendously over the years, particularly in areas of a greater Mexican-American concentration.

Unique Spirits for Cinco de MayoAncho Reyes Chile Liqueur (80 Proof)

This liqueur is a delightfully odd duck and we love all of the odd ducks that we get! The nose is bizarrely complex. The first sniff begs a second and is all ethanol. However, the second sniff is of coffee, chocolate and something sweet!

The taste is rich. This full-bodied spirit will allow you to see through time. Enjoy.

Received:
(1) 1 750ml Bottle of Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur

Recipe:

Ancho Verde Margarita

  • 1 part Milagro Silver Tequila 
  • 1 part Ancho Reyes Verde 
  • 1 part Fresh Lime Juice 
  • 1/3 part Agave Nectar

Add all ingredients to a shaker, add ice, shake hard and strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass with half its rim salted. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Montelobos Mezcal (86 Proof)

Unique Spirits for Cinco de MayoThis is an artisanal mezcal made in Santiago Matatlán Oaxac and produced with 100% organically certified agave espadín. Iván Saldaña is the agave expert who crafts this spirit and it's all about quality and perfection. The mezcal is a clear substance with a smokey nose and a slightly sweet taste with a poster tongue burn. It's not a hard burn though. It's just right. In a margarita, this will rock your world. Hence, consume wisely.

Received:
(1) 1 750ml Bottle of Montelobos Mezcal

Recipes:

Juan to Juan

  • 1 part Montelobos Mezcal 
  • 1 part Ancho Reyes Original 
  • ¾ part fresh lemon juice
  •  ½ part simple syrup 
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

Shake, serve in a coupe glass, garnish with a lemon wheel.
Unique Spirits for Cinco de Mayo

Montelobos Picador

  • 2 parts Montelobos Mezcal
  • 1 part fresh lime juice 
  • ½ part simple syrup

Combine ingredients over ice and shake well. Serve over fresh ice in a rocks glass with a salt & black pepper rim and orange slice.

Tequila Corazón de Agave (80 Proof)

Corazón Tequila is a top-of-the-line spirit and comes directly from the heart of the blue agave. The agave is grown in the red soil of the Highlands in Arandas, Jalisco, Mexico. These particular plants are the largest and the sweetest available and take 12-years to mature to their ultimate state of readiness for a successful harvest.

Unique Spirits for Cinco de MayoThese tequilas are full-bodied with a sweet nose. They are estate grown, cultivated, distilled, bottled by hand and aged at the San Matías Distillery (in Mexico).

Corazon Blanco received the Double Gold Medal at the 2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Corazon Reposado was named World’s Best Tequila at the2016 World Drinks Awards, and was just named a Chairman’s Trophy Finalist at the 2017 Ultimate Spirits Challenge.

Received:
(1) 750ml Bottle Blanco
(1) 750ml Bottle Reposado

Recipes:

Corazón Paloma

  • 2 oz. Corazón Reposado Juice From 
  • ½ a Lime Pinch of salt Grapefruit soda (Jarritos works well)
Unique Spirits for Cinco de MayoGlass: rocks or highball
Garnish: lime wheel

Pour the tequila into a glass and squeeze in the lime juice. Add the ice and salt, fill with grapefruit soda, stir and garnish.

Tequila Cooler

  • 2 oz Corazón Blanco Tequila 
  • 1 oz Gran Gala Triple Orange Liqueur 
  • 5 oz Lime Juice 
  • 1.5 tblsp. Fresh Cilantro

Muddle lime juice with cilantro. Stir with ice, strain into an ice filled glass. Top with Pellegrino. Garnish with orange.

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone! (¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!)

Vital Links: Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur Montelobos Mezcal Tequila Corazón de Agave
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