When the calendar rolls around to the end of April, it never fails that our social media feed fills up with lots of pictures and recipes of margaritas to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. While we love a good margarita (and we have a few of our own recipes that are great!) but there can be more to tequila than just the margarita. While we are very familiar with gin and all kinds of various whiskeys, until recently we hadn’t really explored tequila based cocktails. We have run across and tried lots of tequila cocktails and one common denominator that we kept running across was they tended to be very sweet and full of citrus. While we like sweet citrusy cocktails, we also enjoy cocktails that bring something new to the table. When the folks at Soltado Tequila sent us a bottle of their newly launched Soltado Spicy Añejo to make an original cocktail with, we knew the cocktail that we would come up with wouldn’t be your typical cocktail. This post contains sponsored content. While we did receive this product for free, all opinions presented here are 100% ours. For more information please see our disclaimer page.
Soltado Spicy Añejo is distilled in a small tequila distillery located in Juanacatlán, Mexico by the members of a tequila co-op made up of agave farmers who live and work the land where the blue agave are grown. Different from many of the large tequila producers, the co-op members directly profit from the success of their tequila, so the farmers choose the the choice portion of their harvest for their tequila to give it an ultra smooth and distinctive flavor. The select blue agave is crushed and the agave nectar is mixed with Chilean wine yeast to start the fermentation process. Soltado then double distills the fermented agave nectar and places the raw tequila in new oak barrels. Aged for 28 months in the oak barrels gives the tequila a rich caramel color and add a layer of complex flavor. Soltado then infuses their aged tequila with serrano peppers from a farmers market near the distillery and natural cinnamon to bring a burst of spice and fire.
When we make cocktails, we always taste all the ingredients by themselves so that we know how all the ingredients will taste so we can form an idea about how they will play together when mixed. When we tried the Soltado Spicy Añejo, we found this tequila will definitely bring the heat! Opening the bottle, you get the scent of the serrano peppers mixed with a hint of an aged dark wine. Hints of cinnamon and oak with a rich sweet agave flavor are present, but the heat is the real star here, as the serrano peppers make their presence known with a big blast of heat that quickly spreads from the tongue to cover the whole palate. While this could be a sipping spirit for those who really enjoy spicy drinks, we both felt it would be better to use in a cocktail where we want to bring some heat with out using raw peppers or a hot sauce. With this in mind, we came up with the Piña de Fuego, a tequila cocktail that definitely isn’t your typical sweet drink!
We started out with the Soltado Spicy Añejo and some fresh pineapple juice. Pineapple and serrano go well together, the sweet acidic edge of the pineapple juice helps balance the bold bite of the peppers while adding a wonderful smooth texture to the drink. Fresh squeezed lemon juice, a splash of sweet orange flavor from Triple Sec and sage simple syrup add a sweet and sour component to the drink that lets the heat slowly build as you sip on this cocktail. We garnished it with some fresh cilantro and a brown sugar rim that finishes the drink with a tropical richness. This drink is sure to bring the heat to your next cocktail party! Cheers!
- 1 3/4 oz Soltado Spicy Añejo Tequila
- 1 1/2 oz fresh pineapple juice
- 1 oz Triple sec
- 1 oz Sage Simple Syrup
- 3/4 oz Lemon Juice
- Brown sugar for rim
- Fresh Pineapple wedge
- Cilantro for garnish
- Rub the rim of a rocks glass with a slice of fresh pineapple.
- Sugar the rim with brown sugar.
- Place all the ingredients into a shaker.
- Fill with ice.
- Shake well.
- Strain into rocks glass with a large ice cube.
- Garnish with a fresh cilantro sprig and a fresh pineapple wedge.