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’m so grateful for expanding my tequila horizons; this Rosemary Cherry Crush with Tequila, Cherry Preserves, Rosemary and Lime is SO delicious…I really have come a long way baby!
I’ve mixed tequila with sparkling wine, coffee and hot chocolate and loved all of them but for this cocktail today it’s added to a muddled mix of rosemary, lime and cherry preserves which is topped with some spicy ginger beer. Yes, I did say cherry preserves. Preserves are a wonderful and simple way to add some fruit to your cocktails and there’s nothing wrong with keeping it simple, right? Plus you can make this cocktail without regard to seasonal produce; I did not want to wait until May! I LOVE seasonal fruits in my adult beverages but I also love serving this drink over the holidays when there is nary a cherry in sight.
I was provided with a bottle of Partida Tequila which is available as an Anejo, Blanco or Reposado Tequila. Not only did I receive a sample box of all three but also 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.
I received a bottle of Partida Tequila to review however all commentary is my own.