National Tequila Day 2021: Discover Five Deliciously Different Agave SpiritsBy Alicia Grimshaw
Raise a glass of tequila this National Tequila Day on 24th July and celebrate with an increasingly varied selection within the growing Tequila category. Tequila has evolved from a drink you would associate with shots into something more sophisticated that you can sip on the rocks or mix into one of the following great cocktails.
The Lowdown: Newly launched, artisanal small batch Tequila from the highlands of Jalisco, made with 100% agave and the best possible materials embracing traditional methods resulting in a complex tequila with a silky long finish. This unique, super premium spirit, distilled by Maestra Tequilera Ana Maria Romero, is carefully crafted with a commitment to environmental sustainability and support for the local community.
The Best Serve: Sip on the rocks or mix up a Mijenta Tequila Daisy
– 60ml Mijenta Tequila Blanco
– 20ml Pineapple Syrup
– 45ml Fresh Lime Juice
– 20ml Yellow Chartreuse
Method: Shake all ingredients vigorously with plenty of ice. Strain into coupe glass and garnish with a pineapple leaf.
The Lowdown: Cazcabel Tequila is a range of authentic, high-quality tequilas made in Mexico using only natural ingredients and blue weber agave, grown for around seven years before harvesting. Available at an affordable price, there are five expressions in the range; Blanco, Reposado, Coffee, Coconut and the world’s first Honey tequila.
The Serve: Cazcabel Blanco Margarita
50ml Cazcabel Blanco Tequila
– 25ml Cointreau
– 25ml Lime Juice
– 5ml Agave Syrup
Garnish: Lime Wedge
Method: Pour Cazcabel Blanco Tequila, Cointreau, lime juice and agave syrup into a cocktail shaker, shake and strain into a fresh glass with crushed ice
Cazcabel Blanco RRP: £25.99 for 70cl. ABV: 38% | Cazcabel Honey, Cazcabel Coconut, Cazcabel Coffee RRP: £24.99 | Cazcabel Reposado RRP: £29.99 for 70cl. ABV: 38%.All available from: Amazon, Master of Malt and Cazcabel Web Shop
The Lowdown: Storywood is a tequila with the heart of Mexico and the soul of Scotland. 100% agave liquid is expertly aged in single malt whisky casks from Speyside, creating the world’s first sipping tequilas.
The Serve: The whisky-like characteristics drawn from the wood mean that Storywood Tequilas can be enjoyed neat or on the rocks or in a Storywood Spicy Margarita.
– 50ml Storywood Speyside 7 Reposado
– 25ml Melonade
– 25ml Lime Juice
– Garnish – small slice of red chilli and chilli infused sea salt
Method: Add all the ingredients to an ice filled cocktail shaker and shake hard. Double strain into a chilled coupetini glass and garnish the rim with chilli infused sea salt and a small slice of red chilli (optional)
FLUÈRE Smoked Agave
The Lowdown: FLUÈRE Smoked Agave is a luxurious non-alcoholic spirit for everyone who wants to live a more mindful life without compromising on taste. Unique to FLUÈRE is a pleasant after-bite that is typically associated with alcoholic drinks. FLUÈRE Smoked Agave has smoke and honey on the nose with fresh notes of pear. On the palate there is the characteristic vegetal sweetness of agave with some bitter overtones and a hint of black pepper. The flavours develop into eucalyptus and mint, for a long, clean finish.
The Serve: Try Fluère Smoked Agave in a non-alcoholic margarita.
– 60ml FLUÈRE Smoked Agave
– 25ml Lime Juice
– 20ml Agave Syrup
Garnish: Lime Wheel
Shake ingredients over ice. Double strain into a salt rimmed coupe. Garnish with a lime wheel
The Lost Explorer
Did you know? All Tequilas are mezcals but not all mezcal is tequila. The Lost Explorer Mezcal is a deliciously different smoky agave spirit for the adventurous spirits wishing to try something new.
The Lost Explorer Mezcal is a handcrafted artisanal spirit made from 100% agave, cultivated in the sun-soaked Valles Centrales, Oaxaca in Mexico. It is a toast to empowering sustainable Mexican enterprise, whilst protecting the ancient artisanal craft, heritage and biodiversity of Mexico. Harvested in harmony with the elements and in tune with the rhythm of nature, the three uniquely profiled expressions, Espadín, Tobalá and Salmiana, seek to inspire people to celebrate the earth and live curiously, exploring the wonder and diversity of the sacred agave plant.
The Serve: The Lost Explorer Mirror Margarita. This bottled cocktail can be bought exclusively from Hacha
RRP: £35 for 500ml. Available from Hacha