Sunday, May 22, 2016

Senda Real Tequila

This is a fantastic tequila that is kind of difficult to find if you are not in Southern California. This tequila is from NOM 1482, the name means 'Royal Path',  they own all their own agave, horno roasted--you know old school. That's what I think when I taste this tequila, blanco and reposado both, it reminds me of when I was younger and I would go to Mexico and score this style of tequila. I call it traditional, maybe even royalty, tequila for Mexico =honest tequila. Oh, and another thing to mention is, this tequila is a fantastic steal!

My pal Lou lays it down right here . . .
On Sipping off the Cuff, my buddy Mike goes crazy for it!
Or check out the US distributors site. . .  

But briefly, the Send Real Blanco is bold, pungent citrus, elegant spices, persistent minerality with great structure. Perfect for shots, cocktails parties and a good time!
The Senda Real Reposado is the blanco, but much richer with more baking / barrel spices thrown in. It is delicious, layered and balanced.

I'm in the mood for a beverage and these 2 cocktails are perfect to stand up to the rich bold agave of Sena Real, and either one (Blanco or Reposado) would be fantastic for either drink. These recipes are from Cafe Royal, by W.J. Tarling and these are my adjusted ratios, but please feel free to adjust to your preference.

Matador 

1 1/2 Oz Senda Real
1 Oz Orange Curacao (Clement Creole Shrub)
1 Oz French Vermouth (Dolin Dry / Noilly Pratt may be preferred for the Blanco)

I say stir with ice till very cold, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Tia Juano 

2 Oz Senda Real
1 1/2 Oz French Vermouth (Dolin or Noilly Prat--Lillet even works here).
1/2 Oz Campari. (I love it with 3/4 Oz--but I am bitter)

Stir with ice till very cold, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.