Yum and I love receiving packages in the mail. Last week a Mr. Benjamin Wang sent us sample size bottles of Partida, a new tequila that has recently hit the grocery store shelves. In case you didn't know, tequila is totally in right now, not just because it's Cuatro de Mayo but because tequila tastings are growing in popularity. Yum and I decided to have our own little tequila tasting at work and were delighted to see the cute packaging of three small bottles, blanco, reposado, and añejo. Well I was excited by the little bottles with their cute cork lids and YumSugar was more into the organic pure agave nectar that came with the tequila. Tequila is made from the juices of the blue agave plant and the nectar is a natural sweetener extracted from the heart of this plant. According to their website, substituting the agave nectar for sugar syrup as a sweetener is much healthier because the nectar is sweeter than sugar and therefore less is needed to sweeten a drink. To me the nectar lacked a distinct taste and could have easily been a plain old simple syrup. Out of the three tequilas, Yum and I preferred the Añejo, (smooth and easy to sip), to the Blanco (harsh and processed flavor) and the Reposado (lacked a distinctive taste besides that common to most tequilas). While the aged was the best for sipping the blanco was the best for the margaritas. For the recipe we used,
1 1/2 ounces tequila (recommended: Partida)
1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice (about the juice of one lime)
3/4 ounce Partida agave nector
3/4 ounce water
- Shake all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker.
- Taste. Add additional lime juice if you prefer more tartness.
- Add more agave nectar if you prefer more sweetness.
- Serve in a glass on the rocks with no garnish and no salt.