One fun and unexpected benefit from crafting a cocktail each week has been the discovery of how versatile tequila is. I say with some confidence that before I started Friday Cocktails I only thought of tequila cocktails as either a margarita or a shot. Period. I really have come a long way baby!
I’ve mixed it with sparkling wine, coffee and hot chocolate and loved all of them. For this cocktail today it’s added to a muddled mix of rosemary, lime and cherry which is then topped with a spicy ginger beer. This particular mix was suggested by the folks that sent me some Partida Tequila. I thought it sounded unique but the real impetus were the cherry preserves. I don’t think I’ve EVER used preserves in a cocktail before but thought it prophetic since I actually had a jar of them in the fridge; I don’t think that’s the norm…was it meant to be?
Partida Tequila is available as an Anego, Blanco or Reposado Tequila. I was lucky enough to receive both a sample box of all three plus a full bottle of he Reposado, my personal favorite. Smoother than the Anejo and sweeter than the Blanco, it was really easy to drink. Maybe I just have a prejudice for Reposado but this is both a nice sipping tequila and a great mixer. A nice slow heat when sipped, it added the perfect touch to this beautiful cocktail.
Blue agave (Agave tequiliana Weber) is actually a member of the lily family, even though it looks like it must be related to the cactus. It’s grown in certain parts of Mexico and the plants—which can grow up to 15 feet tall—take 8 – 12 years to mature before they’re ripe for harvesting for tequila. To be considered a premium tequila like Partida, it must be made from 100% Blue Agave. Partida is also one of the few tequilas that qualifies as “estate grown” which means that the company owns all the land that their agave is grown on, best to assure both quality and consistency. I’ve received a fair number of tequila samples and I can honestly say this is one of my favorites.
Sweet and tart with warmth from the tequila and spice from the ginger beer, this was one terrific cocktail; I can’t wait to serve it to guests. After the week I’ve had, tonight there was no just taking a few sips, nope. I drank the whole thing, it was far too good not to.
- 2 heaping tsps cherry preserves
- Rosemary leaves from one 3-4 inch stem
- ½ oz fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1¾ oz Partida Reposado Tequila
- Ginger beer
- Rosemary sprigs for garnish
- Muddle the cherry preserves, rosemary and lime juice in a cocktail shaker.
- Add the tequila and 1 cup of ice and shake until the mixture is ice cold; approximately 20 times.
- Fill a highball glass with ice and strain the mixture into the glass.
- Finish off with ginger beer and garnish with a rosemary sprig.
I received a bottle of Partida Tequila to review however all commentary is my own.