A Spicy tequila and pineapple cocktail! This spicy añejo tequila cocktail packs a punch!
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 margarita. These are to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. While we love a good margarita, 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, as we are sure you have, too! 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.
The folks at Soltado Tequila sent us a bottle of their newly launched Soltado Spicy Añejo tequila to make an original cocktail. We knew the cocktail that we would come up with wouldn’t be your typical cocktail.
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Where is Tequila Made?
Soltado Spicy Añejo is distilled in a small tequila distillery located in Juanacatlán, Mexico. The members of a tequila co-op are 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. 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. They source them near the distillery and natural cinnamon to bring a burst of spice and fire.
How did we use the Spicy Tequila?
When we make cocktails, we always taste all the ingredients by themselves. This is how we know how they will taste so we can see 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.
Spicy Añejo Tequila
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. This is without using raw peppers or a hot sauce. With this in mind, we came up with the Piña de Fuego, a spicy añejo tequila cocktail that definitely isn’t your typical sweet drink!
What did we mix with the Spicy Tequila?
We started out with the Soltado Spicy Añejo tequila and some fresh pineapple juice. Pineapple and serrano go well together, the sweet acidic edge of the pineapple helps balance the 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. 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!
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- 1.75 oz Saltado Spicy Anejo Tequila
- 1 oz Triple Sec
- 1.50 fresh pineapple juice
- 1 oz sage simple syrup
- cilantro for garnish
- .75 oz Freshly squeezed lemon juice
- brown sugar for rim
- fresh pineapple wedge
Rub the rim of a rocks glass with a slice of fresh pineapple.
Sugar the rim with brown sugar.
Place 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.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 277 Total Fat: 0.2g Saturated Fat: 0.2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 210mg Carbohydrates: 20.5g Fiber: 0.2g Sugar: 41.8g Protein: 0.3g
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