There are those who cringe at the mention of tequila, their memories of poor choices and nasty hangovers still too raw. But more people than ever are forming fresh, enjoyable memories of it: in the past decade, tequila has reigned as one of the fastest-growing categories in the spirits world. Luxury brands have helped change the conversation surrounding Mexico’s iconic export. No longer is it seen just as party fuel; instead, it is becoming associated with sophistication and cultural savvy. Continue reading
A heady caramel smell, syrupy and fragrant, pervades the air. What look like giant white pine cones, some twice the size of a human head, are deftly split, quartered and packed into ovens. What’s cooking? One of the world’s most popular drinks.
Reven Stephens spent the Saturday before the Super Bowl at a Minneapolis liquor store, offering shoppers samples of a liquor they were unfamiliar with — from a distiller they’d never heard of.
New Proposed Regulations In Mexico Threaten Small Producers Of Artisanal Agave Spirits.
Much like how the farm-to-table movement in restaurants has placed the source of the food on your plate front and center, the Mexican agave artisanal spirits movement is highlighting each element that goes into a glass, from the cultivation of the plant and the methods for harvesting and cooking the piña to the distillation process and ultimate bottling. Long gone are the days of tequila or mezcal with its worms, relegated to shots and frozen margaritas.
The Blue Agave Plant and its Health Benefits
Its not new news that agave nectar (agave syrup) may be a better alternative to sugar. Agave nectar is a natural sweetener, much like honey, which is derived from numerous varieties of the blue agave plant – the same plant that is used in making tequila. Agave nectar is used in both food and beverages and is an ideal replacement for sugar because it offers some health benefits. Read on to find a few reasons why you might consider agave nectar in your diet.
The best cocktail and spirits trends for 2016
What are the newest spirit trends for 2016? Many seem to have an opinion. We’ve summarized the thoughts of a few key bloggers to help aid you in your cocktail crafting as you venture deeper into the new year.
Spirits are taking over
Not the scary ones in your basement, but the good ones that we lock up in hutches and curio cabinets. The art of drinking has been around since the beginning of time. Many a young man has envisioned himself, martini in hand, top hat and suit, with a lifestyle to boot. We often associate certain spirits and cocktails with such esteemed societal ranks such as wealth, class and resources.
Liquor and its effect on us.
So… does Tequila make us crazy? According to some studies out there, a nearly perfect percentage of adults (children weren’t surveyed) believe that the type of spirits they consume causes them to behave in different ways, whether it be vodka, gin, whiskey, scotch, blue agave spirits etc, with tequila having the worst reputation of all. Is this true?
Distilling Agave Spirits Stateside
For centuries, agave spirits (or Tequila) has been the foundation of Mexican agriculture, but some American distillers wonder what crafting their own spirits made from agave – much like tequila, bacanora and mezcal – might be like.