Friday, July 23, 2010
1-1½ oz Del Maguey Vida
Sub Del Maguey Crema if you like a sweeter drink
1-1½ oz Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
3-5 oz Cristalino Cava (Spanish Sparkling Wine)
Stir spirits until well chilled strain into large chilled coupe
fill with Cava and garnish with 2 Luxardo Brandied Cherries.
This uses a couple newer products... the first one is: Del Maguey Vida de San Luis del Rio with smoky aromas of pear, blossoms, lychee, honey, vanilla and roasted agave that are sumptuous and clean. The flavors follow suit and grow to include ginger, mandarin, cinnamon, laurel and plantain buttressed by delicate smoke. The finish fades with citrus, minerals and sandalwood; this mezcal is nonpareil.
The option for sweeter is Del Maguey Crema de Mezcal, a splendiferous, magnificent, inexplicably beautiful elixir crafted in the mountains of Oaxaca. It is a mixture of unfermented, roasted agave syrup and Mezcal San Luis del Rio. The aromas confound with roasted agave, vanilla, sweet almond, apple, pineapple and pear delicately set against smoky scents of coffee, caramel, cocoa and cedar achieving an immaculate balance that is provocative and lucullan. The palate articulates an intricate demonstration of these aromas in a harmony that is incomparable –you must taste it to believe it. The finish dawdles eliciting a visceral sense of earthy magic or romance in a sumptuous fade that ends clean.
The third ingredient is Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur; this has got to be the tastiest orange liqueur I have tried in a very long time. Solerno begins by distilling blood orange (Sanguinello); then they distill the zest of the blood orange to capture the aromatic oils. The final distillation is of Sicilian lemons which balance the flavors to enhance the depth and structure of this glorious liqueur. The astonishing nose is filled with exquisite citrus. The flavors are textured and layered iterations of gorgeous blood orange.
Then final clencher is Spanish Sparkling wine (Cava) i used Cristalino. It is an amazing value with exceptionally generous bubbles and wonderfully fresh fruit