It’s finally here folks: patio season. We look forward to this all year long, when we can throw on our shorts and sandals and venture out onto our patios with our friends and neighbors. We’re here to highlight some tequila, mezcal, and related products to bring out the best in your summer cocktails!
Altos Plata is France 44’s affordable Blanco of choice. Made from 100% highland blue agave and still utilizing a 2-ton volcanic Tahona stone to mill the cooked agave in the old tradition, this Blanco is loaded with flavor. Yes, there is a ton of citrus and agave sweetness, but there is also a layer of tropical fruit as well with tones of mango, papaya, and guava. When you squeeze citrus into this tequila it enhances and stands out instead of just blending in with the lime. It also comes in large 1.75LT bottles of $39.99 that we longingly call our party bricks!
We’re going to move though a ton (literally) of margarita mix over the next few months and we want to shout the quality of Tres Agaves from the rooftop. Made from all natural ingredients, lime extract, vitamin C, filtered water, and organic agave nectar, this is the perfect margarita mix. Just use 2oz blanco tequila, one ounce of Tres Agave Margarita Mix, Orange Liqueur optional, and a squeeze of lime and you’re ready to go!
Arette’s high quality tequilas have finally hit Minnesota just in time for summer and their Anejo definitely exceeds its price point by a mile. While their blanco shows a ton of lime ring and mineral spice, their Anejo is aged 14-18 months giving it huge tones of vanilla, caramel, and honey. A sure fire way to turn your whiskey drinker into a tequila drinker for the summer–don’t just sip it and throw it into margaritas, try out an Anejo Old Fashioned simply subbing tequila for bourbon, you won’t be disappointed!
Our best-selling high end Reposado, and for good reason. A good Reposado should start to show off those sweeter vanilla and caramel tones while keeping some fruity notes in its back pocket. Clase Azul Reposado toes this line elegantly between tropical tones and toasty vanilla tones from the meticulously hand selected American Oak barrels where it rests for 8 months. Definitely a sipper or with a squeeze of lime for a special occasion or just a hot summer day.
Mezcal is a rapidly growing space on our shelves as well as nationwide. It is tequila’s smoky, earthy cousin where they use fire pits to cook the agave instead of ovens or kilns, and the agave picks up the smoke from there and runs with it. Definitely not for everyone but the people who love it–scotch drinkers in particular–absolutely adore it. Mezcal is sipped all over Mexico almost like their version of whiskey but the majority of mezcal is mixed into cocktails here in America. Yuu Baal makes a powerful smoky mezcal with light fruit flavors and big earthy smoke. Perfect for the smoke lover but also great for mixing 50/50 with tequila (like Olmeca Altos or Arette) in Margaritas or palomas to add some smoke to your life.
We have all of this and plenty more ideas whether you want a new flavor or orange like mandarin or blood orange (Mandarine Napoleon or Solerno Blood Orange liqueurs), some spice whether it be mole (Corazon bitters) or green pepper spice (Ancho Reyes Verde), or a ton of types of ginger for making Mexican mules or ginger margaritas (one of Tom’s favorites), the agave possibilities are endless for this summer’s cocktail experimenting.