What I’m Drinking Now: Tequila
Posted on July 19th, 2009 8:01pm by Hayley Hamilton Filed under Wine & Spirits, cocktails
Friday, July 24th, is National Tequila Day….yes, tequila has its own day….and to honor this occasion I have been drinking a lot of tequila! So, why does tequila earn the right to have its own day? I had a conversation recently over a tequila pairing dinner with Jose Hermosillo of Casa Noble Tequila to learn why tequila has the right to it’s own national day.
For Casa Noble, a tequila producer since 1776, it is a passion for growing 100% USDA certified Organic Blue Agave plants, that is hand picked, slowly cooked for 38 hours in stone ovens. Only the agave heart and core are used in their tequila, which is then triple distilled for the cleanest flavor. This is classic tequila production with traditional methods that have been in place for over 200 years. Casa Noble then ages their Reposado and Anejo in 100% new French oak barrels, imparting the flavor profiles often found in wine like vanilla, chocolate and spice.
Similar to Casa Noble in their dedication to quality, Patrón focuses on tradition in their production of tequila from 100 percent Weber Blue agave grown in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. From harvest to bottle production includes the careful precision, inspection and care that is done by hand.
Award winning Herredura has been producing handcrafted tequila since 1870. Tradition, heart and soul go into every bottle of Herredura, which maintains the same producing style used by the founders of this smooth spirit.
With abundant tequila options to choose from, try these signature cocktails on Friday as you toast this day honoring this celebrated spirit.
Casa Noble Nobelita:CasaNoble’s signature cocktail, made with Casa Noble Crystal, Organic Orange Juice, and Pom Pomegranate Juice, served on the rocks.
The Fish in Dallas created their signature Casa Noble:Casa Noble Crystal Tequila, Lychee, Strawberries, and muddled with a splash of Mango Liquor and served on the rocks.
Paloma:2 oz Casa Noble Tequila Reposado, Fresh Grapefruit Juice, 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice, splash of Fresca sodaPour ingredients over ice
Or, if you are in the mood for a simpler flavor, try the Casa Noble Anejo straight up. This tequila is aged 2 full years in new French oak, imparting vanilla, chocolate, butterscotch and sweet spice in this sipping tequila. As Jose suggested, great tequila should be served at room temperature to fully enjoy the flavors.