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Cosmopolitan Desires

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 3, 2010

Today I want to talk about the Cosmopolitan.  It seems this cocktail became trendy when Sex and the City became a hit TV show.  But rather than its popularity tapering off, the cocktail just seems to more popular than ever.  I see them on every cocktail menu when I go out to dine with my wife.   It seems that people just can’t get enough.  Even I have been bitten by the bug, and have recently used the Cosmopolitan as a base for many of my cocktail creations.   (I will admit that before I tried the Cosmo I was unconvinced, as cranberry juice and lime just didn’t seem to be a match made in heaven.  Of course, once I had my first Cosmopolitan I was hooked.)

All of this, got me to thinking that my cocktails section was rather incomplete without a single Cosmopolitan cocktail so today I decided to remedy that with not one, but four versions of this great drink.  The catch is that only one of these drinks will actually use the required Vodka and be therefore a real Cosmopolitan.  The other three will be  variations I have constructed using first rum, then whisky and finally tequila.  When a combination of mixers works well for Vodka, you can be pretty sure it will work well (sometimes even better) with the other spirits we enjoy.

I guess I guess I should start with the basic Cosmopolitan.

My preferred recipe for the cosmopolitan is as follows:

The Cosmopolitan

2 oz Vodka
1 oz Triple Sec
1 oz lime juice
1 oz Cranberry juice
1 tsp of Grenadine
orange peel

Shake all the ingredients over ice
Strain into a cocktail glass
Garnish with Orange Peel

I use the grenadine as a sweetener to bring the colour of the cocktail to a nice almost rosy pink.  (My wife likes that colour)

When I build a variation using a different base spirit, I of course, have to tweak the recipe a bit to make everything work.  So when I recently used Appleton VX rum to construct a cosmo style drink, I decided that white cranberry juice would be more elegant than the red cranberry juice.  Using Cointreau instead of Triple Sec raised the orange flavour a touch, and allowed me to drop the orange peel garnish in favour of a flamed grapefruit zest (actually that was  forrest’s idea).  And since I was not trying to accent the colour of the cranberry juice anymore, I didn’t really need grenadine anymore.   The result was a drink I called, The Traveller.  I have made it for a few people now and then, and you can trust me that if you follow my recipe the drink will a real hit.

When I built my Cosmo recipe for a whisky spirit I started with a White Vodkaesque whisky called White Owl.  This time I stayed perhaps a little truer to the original recipe. I still found I preferred Cointreau to Triple Sec, and I again used a flamed zest, but this time it was an orange peel zest.  I found that with the whisky I did not need a sugar sweetener so I left it out.   I called this recipe, Country Roads.  The response I received from this cocktail when I published my review of White Owl Whisky was extremely satisfying.  The distillery which produced the whisky (Highwood) informed me that my Cosmopolitan variation became the signature drink at a local fundraiser they were involved with for Breast Cancer.


The final Cosmopolitan style recipe I created was for a Blanco tequila,  PaQui Silvera.  Again tweaking was required for the different taste of the base spirit.   This time I had to adjust ingredients as well as the ratios of the ingredients to pull it off.   I ended up using Grand Marnier instead of Cointreau or Triple Sec as it seemed to carry the earthy agave of the tequila a little better.  I used a little more cranberry juice and a little less lime.  Finally, I put a healthy bar spoon of sugar syrup into the mix and used a lime garnish.  The result was a drink I called Metro Mexico.  Of  all of my Cosmopolitan variations which I constructed, I have to admit that Metro Mexico is my favourite.

To sum it up I guess I created this post for two reasons, the first reason is obviously to add all of these cocktails into my cocktail menu.  The second reason was just to step my readers through the process of cocktail evolution.  I love to experiment and try to find new and wonderful taste combinations.  If you have read this far, I hope I have inspired you to try some experimentation as well.

By the way if you haven’t clicked on the links to the recipes as you were reading this post, then they are listed here at the bottom of the post.  (And I should say a special thanks to forrest, for although I have not named him as a specific collaborator for each recipe, you can be sure that his advise was invaluable in the creation of these cocktails.)

Here are the Links:

Vodka Cocktail: Cosmopolitan

Rum Cocktail: The Traveler

Whisky Cocktail Country Roads

Tequila Cocktail: Metro Mexico

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Tequila Review: PaQuí Tequila (Silvera)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 18, 2010

Tequila Review: PaQuí Tequila (Silvera)

According to the information sent to me,  PaQuí is handcrafted in small batches in the town of Tequila, Mexico, where the master distiller uses a process called Selective Distillation.  This process separates the heart of the distillation resulting in a very pure tequila.  This new  brand is a result of extensive market research which sought to establish the credentials luxury tequila drinkers seek in a fine tequila and to bring such this product to market.

To quote John Chappell, Vice President of  Brand Development,

Conceived nearly three years ago, PaQuí Tequila is the result of extensive research where we learned that the high-end tequila experience is about celebrating and having fun with an authentically Mexican tequila. PaQuí,  is deeply Mexican and captures the sense of adventure

the drinker is seeking. The luxury tequila drinker also cares intensely about quality so we went out and hired the best Master Distiller to create an outstanding tequila. The result is PaQuí Silvera, a distinctive tequila that expresses the essence of blue agave with an inviting, flowery aroma and exquisite taste.”

PaQuí Tequila has recently been brought to market by Tequila Holdings, Inc., who are the distillers distillers and the importers.  It is currently available in the States of California and Texas.

I was contacted several months ago by the firm, Maury Rogoff, PR and Marketting, (I assume they were engaged by Tequila Holdings Ltd.) who sent me press release information regarding PaQuí Tequila, and requested a review of their Silvera.  The sample bottle arrived in my possession about six weeks later, and after several sessions of tasting I can now share the results of my review:

“…Upon pouring the glass I noticed a light sheen on the sides of my vessel which indicated the presence of a light oil.  The Tequila has no colour at all, that is to say,  it has, to my eye at least, perfect clarity.  The aroma from the glass is laid back.  An earthy agave scent is present, but it does not jump from the glass, rather it seeps out slowly….”
You may read the full review here:

Review: PaQuí Tequila (Silvera)

As well I have provided two recipes to enjoy!

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Howling Hightlight: PaQui Tequila

Posted by Arctic Wolf on April 9, 2010

Be Happy!
PaQuí Tequila

PaQui TEQUILA LAUNCHES

PaQuí, whose name means “to be happy” in the native Aztec language, is a brand new luxury tequila which seeks to capture the sense of adventure and the taste of quality that the luxury tequila drinker demands. PaQui Tequila is currently available in California and Texas being brought to market by Tequila Holdings, Inc., distillers and importers of PaQuí (Pa’key).

“Conceived nearly three years ago, PaQuí Tequila is the result of extensive research where we learned that the high-end tequila experience is about celebrating and having fun with an authentically Mexican tequila,” says John Chappell, Vice President, Brand Development. ” PaQuí,  is deeply Mexican and captures the sense of adventure the drinker is seeking. The luxury tequila drinker also cares intensely about quality so we went out and hired the best Master Distiller to create an outstanding tequila. The result is PaQuí Silvera, a distinctive tequila that expresses the essence of blue agave with an inviting, flowery aroma and exquisite taste.”

PaQuí is handcrafted in small batches in the town of Tequila, Mexico, where the master distiller uses an elaborate process called Selective Distillation.  This costly process separates the heart of the distillation and selects only the superior flavors and aromas, leaving a very pure tequila of exceptional character.

The following are the distiller’s tasting notes for the PaQui Silver:

Aroma

Big fruity aroma of sweet agave.
Notes of citrus, jasmine and fresh green grass.
Complex and inviting.

Taste

A rush of sweet agave with fruity and herbal undertones including lemon, honeysuckle and white pepper.
Complex and round with some minerality.
Lively and somewhat spicy up front but finishes with gently lingering flavors.

Summary

A luxury tequila expressing the alluring aromas and flavors of blue agave through its proprietary Selective Distillation.
While perfect to sip neat, PaQui’s distinctive taste profile will shine through your favorite mixed drinks.

More information on PaQui Tequila can be found following this link:  www.PaQuiTequila.com


And you can be sure that the Arctic Wolf will provide a full review as soon as he can get his hands on a bottle (or three).

Note: All Photos Courtesy MAURY ROGOFF PR & MARKETING

Posted in Anejo Tequila, Blanco Tequila, Howls, Reposado Tequila, Tequila | Tagged: , | Comments Off

Tequila: Herradura Reposado

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 12, 2010

HERRADURA Reposado

The first time I approached someone of knowledge about Tequila, I was a little apprehensive.  My few experiences with Tequila in my youth had not inspired me to become an aficionado.  In fact you could say that I avoided the Tequila section of the corner liquor store, certain from my youthful experiences that nothing good could come from those bottles.  Songs about people “jumping on the tables and shooting out the lights” did not inspire me to take a second glance,  and “wasting away again in Margarita ville” did not seem to me to be a good idea.  But curiosity finally got the better of me, as it seemed certain that the drink must have some redeeming features.  After all, people did buy and drink the stuff , did they not.  So I approached the counter at a local boutique store and asked,  “What would you suggest, if I wanted a good tequila to serve to friends.”

The bottle I was shown was Herradura Reposado.  I bought it, and have never regretted the purchase.  Here is a little background material about this Tequila and the company that makes it.

Thirty miles from Guadalajara, in the state of Jalisco, in the town of Amatitan,  is where the Herradura LDN is found.   Herradura LDN makes a true 100% Weber Blue agave Tequila.  The agave is cooked in old stone ovens, and distilled on old copper pot stills, and this tequila making tradition has won numerous awards and accolades for The Herradura company

As well, Herradura LDN  is credited on more than one website as pioneering the movement towards aging tequila in oak and making Reposado and Anejo Tequila.  Reposado means rested, and literally the implication is that this style of tequila ‘rests’ in oak.  By law Reposado tequilas must spend more than two months and less than one year in oak to be considered  “Reposado”.  The Herradura Reposado stays in oak for eleven months.

Here is my review for Herradurra Reposado Tequila:

Tequila Review: Heradurra Reposado

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Howling Highlight: The 12 Spirits of Christmas

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 14, 2009

As promised I have selected 12 special spirits which would be perfect as Christmas Gifts.   These are in no particular order except that I  have saved the most expensive for last.  In the Spirit of the Twelve Days Of Christmas, allow me to introduce my Twelve Spirits of Christmas. In the instances where I have reviewed the spirit I have included a link to the review. Just click on the name of the spirit and the review will pop up.  Click on the thumbnail for a larger picture.

Here is my top twelve gifted spirits for Christmas:

1)  On the first day of Christmas: Amrut Indian Single Malt

An exquisite Malt from India which is not only unique but also very good.  (About $80.00)

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2) On the second day of Christmas: Havana Club Barrel Proof Rum

An Authentic Cuban Rum which will delight the connoisseur. (About $60.00)

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3) On the third day of Christmas: Herencia de Plata Reposado Tequila

This is the Tequila which has made a convert out of me.. fantabulous! (About $45.00)


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4) On the fourth day of Christmas: Highland Park 12 Year Old Scotch Whisky

For myself, I consider this to be the ultimate Peated Whisky. (About $50.00)

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5) On the fifth day of Christmas: Renegade Panama Don José 1997 Rum

If you can find this anywhere in the world…buy it!  (About 80.00)

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6) On the sixth day of Christmas: Tangeray #10 Gin

Just a great smooth Gin… (About $35.00)

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7) On the seventh day of Christmas: Knobb Creek 9 yr Old Bourbon Whisky

What a nice Kick this Bourbon has! (About $45.00)


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8   On the eighth day of Christmas: Flor de Caña Centenario 12 Year Old Rum

Smooth, Elegant, and probably the best Rum Bargain out there.  (About $35.00)

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9) On the ninth day of Christmas: Wyborowa Exquisite Polish Vodka

The Polish know how to make Vodka.  This is one of the best! (About $40.00)

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10) On the tenth day Christmas: Alberta Premium Rye 25Yr Old (100% rye whisky)

This is the best bargain in the World! So Smooth… So good!  (About $30.00)

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11) On the eleventh day Christmas: Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva Premium Rum

In Venezuala they make some of the best rum in the World.. Another Bargain! (About $40.00)

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12) On the twelfth day of Christmas: Wiser’s Red Letter Whisky

Okay not a bargain.  But what a whisky!   (About $150.00)

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*All prices were based upon shopping in my good ol province of Alberta.  Prices will vary considerably around the world!

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Tequila Review: Herencia de Plata (Reposado)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 30, 2009

The Tequila I am reviewing today is Herencia de Plata Tequila Reposado. A sample bottle was provided to me by Westway L. LTD., who is the importer of this spirit in my home province of Alberta. I met the Operations Manager of Westway at the Edmonton Food and Wine Festival and introduced him to my review blog. Two weeks later I was asked to review their Tequila on my site and I was happy to oblige.

Herencia is apparently related to the english word ‘heritage’. And the Herencia does indeed have an impressive heritage. The tequila has been served by Mexican President, Vicente Fox to Queen Elizabeth II; it has won awards internationally as you will see when you read the review; and it was originally produced to commemorate wedding of Juan Garcia, the son of the of the company founder, Manuel Garcia.

I should note that Herencia de Plata Reposado Tequila is also a true 100 % Agave Spirit.

But that s probably enough talk for now, let me include an excerpt from the review:

“…I never imagined tequila could be so clean and crisp as this spirit is.  The agave flavour,  orange and lime citrus  notes, and the hot pepper burst are all wonderfully mixed in a crisp, sharp, but very pleasing combination.  The agave is aggressive but not in the punky manner I am accustomed to.  This is fresher and sweeter than other tequila I have previously tasted.  A very light oil allows the flavours to dance on the palate providing a delightful marzipan which sits under the spicier pepper and citrus….”

Read the Full Review Here:

Tequila Review: Herencia de Plata (Reposado)

Please enjoy the review!

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Tequila Review: Cabo Wabo Reposado

Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 3, 2009

And now for something a little on the wild side.  This is a deviation into new territory for me and quite frankly I may get it completely wrong.  A Tequila review.  My knowledge of Tequila is scant, and my experience drinking tequila is even less promising.  So take a hefty dash of salt (and maybe a little lime) and enjoy this review, but please do not consider me an expert.

Cabo Wabo Repasado Cabo Wabo Tequila is made from 100 percent blue weber agave grown in the lowlands of the Mexican state of Jalisco.  Interestingly enough the founder of Cabo Wabo Tequila is rock musician Sammy Hagar.  The online advertising calls Cabo Wabo…. ‘Rock n Roll in a Bottle’.

An interesting slogan, we’ll see if it is true.  Here is an excerpt from my review:

“…This is spicy with lots of citrus. The spice is hot, more like pepper than cinnamon.  The Citrus notes taste like fresh squeezed lemon and/or lime.  Its hard to be specific as the punky agave flavour masks other notes to some degree.  I  feel a little oil on my palate.  As everyone knows, tequila bites hard, but in spite of the hot citrus and punky agave, this has a milder bite than other tequilas I have tried. ……”

You may read the full review here:

Tequila Review: Cabo Wabo Reposado

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