One of the cool perks of being a cocktail blogger is getting the chance to try out lots of other spirits than the old familiar sorts that we are all familiar with from our days drinking in college. One spirit that we both had some fun if questionable experiences with is tequila. Back in college, we had lots of cheap margaritas and nights with tequila shots, which frankly lead to tequila having a bad rep. However, when we started exploring the world of mixology and getting to use high quality tequila in our drinks, we soon fell in love with great tequila. A fine example of this is our Where the Sea Meets the Sky, which uses Blue Nectar Silver Tequila to create a delicious sipping cocktail.
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Initially founded in 2010 by a father and son team who had a passion for sharing great tequila who decided that they should stop trying to one up each other with their birthday gifts of tequila and start their own tequila company! Their journey lead them to the lowlands of Jalisco, Mexico, which is the heartland of tequila country, where they found a small distillery in the outskirts of Amatitán where Master Blender Guillermo Garcia-Lay.was crafting fine tequila.
Blue Nectar Tequila is a premium craft tequila made from 100% estate grown Agave Tequilana Weber succulents. The blue agave are grown in the fields surrounding the distillery, the rich volcanic soils the perfect ground for raising flavorful agave. Made using traditional methods, but carefully blended to create a fine tequila that is smooth with a clean pure agave flavor that is perfect for mixing in cocktails.
When we first tasted Blue Nectar Silver Tequila, we noticed a delicious hint of sea salt that reminded us of that first perfect sip of a margarita with a salted rim, the sweet of the agave and the hint of salt deliciously drinkable. We felt the flavor would be perfect to blend with something sweet and floral, so we started to think of flavors that would make a great cocktail.
This is where our cocktail the Where the Sea Meets the Sky was born. We started out with the Blue Nectar Silver Tequila and then added some St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur. The St. Germain adds a nice sweet floral character to the cocktail which really worked well with the smooth tequila. We added in a splash of oregano syrup to add just a bit more sweetness and a hint of herbal freshness.
To finish the cocktail, we used a few dashes of grapefruit and chamomile bitters (Boston Bitters would be perfect too!) Tequila and grapefruit are fantastic partners, so the grapefruit bitters worked really well, bringing a bright hint of citrus and camomile that brings a warm note like the feeling of a sun beam. A twist of fresh grapefruit peel expressed across the top of the drink just before serving adds a cool refreshing perfume to the drink that actually seemed to pull the salt note of the Blue Nectar Tequila to the forefront.
Beautifully clear and crisp, the Where the Sea Meets the Sky is a perfect spring sipper! Cheers!
- 2 oz Blue Nectar Silver Tequila
- 3/4 oz St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
- 1/4 oz Oregano Syrup
- 4 dashes Grapefruit or Citrus bitters
- 1 grapefruit twist for garnish
- Add crushed ice to a highball glass.
- Add tequila, St. Germain, syrup and bitters.
- Peel a twist of fresh grapefruit.
- Express the oils on the surface of the drink and garnish the glass with the twist.