Friday, August 28, 2015

Black Raspberry Margarita

We're out today for my husbands birthday. We're heading to the horse track later so Old Chicago was a convenient place to have lunch/dinner. Naturally when you head to Old Chicago, pizza is popular fare and that's what we had. My husband as usual enjoyed a beer and I decided on the Black Raspberry Margarita. I was in the mood for something other than the average margarita. 
This margarita was made with Cabo Wabo Reposado, Chambourd, and lime juice. As with most super sweet margaritas this one had a sugar rim. I will say it had a nice raspberry flavor.... But I tasted more of the Chambourd than I did the tequila. It had an after-taste of tequila which helped. For those who like a super sweet margarita, this will satisfy your taste buds. I happen to be in the crowd that likes a little bit of tang in their margarita so this would be a reorder but not an all-night-drinking margarita. 
I'm giving this Black Raspberry Margarita 3.5 shots out of 5. Give it a try and tell me what you think!
Happy Drinking! 
Kate 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Maestro Dobel Tequila & Blueberry Infusion

About a week and a half ago I stopped at the liquor store (shocker I know) and decided on a bottle of Maestro Dobel Diamond Tequila. I had never heard of the brand before so I decided since I've never seen it now was the time to buy. 
Maestro Dobel is made by the same family that makes Jose Cuervo but under a different name. It's made in the lowlands which would make you think more of an earth tone taste... Buy surprisingly you taste vanilla, oak, and a very mild agave. When this tequila was first introduced it was $75 a bottle. I bought a smaller version (but bigger than the nipper) for $12. Maestro Dobel is clear, making you think it's a blanco... That is incorrect. It's a blend of Reposado, Anejo, and Extra Anejo aged 60-120 days in oak barrels. I rate this tequila by itself 2 out of 5 shots. But infused...
Last week on Monday I needed groceries. Blueberries are at the end of their season and I thought why not infuse something fresh before winter comes and nothing grows in this tundra called Minnesota?! I picked up 1 carton of blueberries and used about 2/3 of the package to infuse my tequila. I used the rest of the Maestro Dobel as I don't like to waste tequila but I wasn't going to be pushing anymore of that down myself without some help!
Fast-forward a week and I have this beautifully colored jar sitting on my counter. Every other day I would lightly shake the jar, just in case you plan to try this at home. I can officially say that my bottle of Maestro Dobel will not go to waste... The addition of the blueberries was exactly what this tequila needed! The blueberries give it a slightly sweet, easy to drink alone flavor. Hopefully before I finish it I can try a margarita. I can only imagine the great taste! With the addition of the blueberries I can re-rate this tequila to a 4 out of 5 shots! I think I've gone a little infusion crazy. 
Happy Drinking!
Kate 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Espolon Blanco

Just before noon today my husband and I stopped at his brothers house for breakfast. They were drinking beer and I was offered a taste of Espolon with my breakfast. I know what your thinking but it's Sunday Funday, don't judge me. Since I've never tried it and heard all kinds of things I figured why not?! 
As far as a blanco, it's not awful tasting. At first smell, it smells slightly like grapefruit and mint. You get both of those flavors when you drink it as well. This, in my opinion, is not an all night sipper. This is the tequila you can shoot with some friends and they would appreciate that you at least bought something that was 100% blue agave. It could also be good for making large batches of margaritas on the cheap. Many have compared this tequila to Jose or 1800, neither of which I have ever been impressed with. This bottle cost about $28 locally. Not worth keeping stocked in your bar but definitely worth a taste. 
Starting here I'll be rating the tequilas and margaritas I try. This Espolon blanco I will rate 2.5 out of 5 shots.
Happy Drinking!
Kate

Friday, August 14, 2015

Bud Light 'Ritas

Let's start with the fact that I know these have no actual tequila. I know, I know, this is a tequila blog and you are reviewing something without any actual tequila. My logic here was I also try and review margaritas and Bud Light is trying to call these some kind of 'rita. 
I bought the variety pack because I didn't want to have to go back and buy multiple packs of something I wasn't sure would even be any good. I started with the Strawberry Rita, it's the most common of the flavors you an find/buy. It was definitely strawberry but not really margarita tasting. I'm glad there are only 4 of these in the pack. I went for the Lemonade Rita next since it was the next most common flavor I could find. It reminds me of just what it says, lemonade. Again, there was no real margarita flavor here and still glad there are only 4 of these. The Rita I couldn't find in a pack all its own was the Mango Rita. It had great mango taste.... But to my disappointment still not a great margarita taste! The mango was also a little sickeningly sweet for my tastes. I may give away the last 3.
Now we come to the flagship of Bud Light's Rita brand, the Lime-a-Rita. Despite the fact that these have no tequila, this flavor had the closest margarita taste. This makes up 6 of the 18 pack and I'll admit on a hot day when I'm feeling lazy I could crack one of these instead of making my own margarita. They aren't terrible, a ton of calories but not bad. I still think that Bud Light has some balls to call these any sort of Rita. Bud Light, please stick to your beer and leave the rest of us to our handcrafted tequila beverages.
Happy Drinking!
Kate

Monday, August 10, 2015

Serrano Infused Tequila

Last week I decided I wanted to make my own spicy tequila. I'm in love with the spicy/sweet margarita flavors I've been seeing out and about lately. I had half a bottle of Camarena Silver hanging out in my fridge just waiting to be used. Many of the recipes I've found suggested jalapeño but my husband suggested I use Serrano peppers. 
It was really simple. A glass jar (I had this mason jar), 3 serranos, and a half a bottle of tequila. I sliced the ends off the peppers and then just cut them into slices. If you get any brown seeds on the inside, you'll need to get rid of those before you add them to your tequila. I combined the two on Sunday evening last week. 
I let the infusion begin. In Friday I decided that staring at this Serrano heaven on my counter for 5 days was long enough... And it turns out I was right! I really enjoy the sweet of strawberries so I stopped at the grocery store on my way home and purchased a bag of frozen strawberries. The taste was good but there were just WAY too many seeds.
It was really really tasty but as I said, the seeds. Yuck. I searched my local grocery store and other food locations but couldn't find strawberry purée anywhere (purée would have eliminated a lot of the seeds). Frankly I was in no shape to make my own purée as the kitchen was tore apart with the cabinets being repainted. I found what I think was a great substitute, Strawberry Guava Nectar at my local World Market store. It tastes delicious and isn't too sweet. I chose to mix a little of the nectar, margarita mix, and my Serrano tequila. It was phenomenal! The Serrano gave it a smoky spice that you can't get from a jalapeño or habanero. I suggest if you like a little spice in your life you give this infusion a try! 
I whipped these in the blender which made them a little foamy but once they settled they were a gorgeous shade of pink. You can be guaranteed that this will not be my last infusion!
Happy Drinking!
Kate

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Pomegranate Margarita

It's been a pretty rough week for me so far. Last night after work I decided that it was time for a drink. I picked up my husband and headed out to find a patio (I love the sunshine). I knew that Claddaugh's Irish Pub had a quiet patio and a happy hour. Claddaugh's has a great pub atmosphere, plenty of alcohol, and great Irish food. We ate the corned-beef and cabbage rolls, delicious! My husband enjoyed an Irish beer while I ordered the only margarita on the menu; the pomegranate margarita.
Let's start with the glassware. This is NOT what you would ever put a margarita in. I'm all for a margarita glass, a rocks glass, even a pint glass.... But not a martini glass. The worst part? They served it on the rocks in a martini glass. Stupid. The margarita itself tasted good. More like kool aide and less like something with alcohol, but good. 
This margarita consisted of Lunazul blanco tequila, Combeir Liqueur d'orange, Pama, sour, and lime. I would not suggest you order this margarita. Not based on the taste (that was good) but the price. In a martini glass for $8.... Not for this margarita lover! If you do decide you have to try it Claddaugh's has locations in: Maple Grove, MN (my location), Columbus and Toledo Ohio, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Middleton Wisconsin, Livonia and Lansing Michigan, Geneva Illinois, and three locations in Indianapolis Indiana.
Happy Drinking!
Kate

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Strawberry jalapeño margarita - Malone's

I'm sitting here on a beautiful Saturday night having dinner on the patio of Malone's. The weather is perfect and the patio is full. Lucky for me, the Malone's summer drink menu includes a strawberry jalapeño margarita. As I've said before this is my kind of beverage. I love something spicy and sweet at the same time.
This spicy/sweet 'Rita was good the first time but better the second time (the bartender muddled the jalapeños the second time around). As opposed to other margaritas I've had with strawberries, this one used strawberry purée. I like the purée better than freshly squished strawberries.... They are terrible to suck up through a straw! Despite this margarita being made with one of my least favorite tequilas (Jose Cuervo) I really enjoyed its fresh and spicy taste. 
If your ever at Malone's and it's summertime (or anywhere with a patio and a spicy/sweet margarita for that matter) give this one a try! I know I'll be back before the summer is over.
Happy Drinking!
Kate