8.02.2010

spicy pina and a tequila review

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A couple of days ago I received some wonderful samples of Riazul Tequila in the mail. Riazul is a top shelf 100 percent agave tequila. I taste tested each one...of course. Anejo, the one in the center, is aged in French oak barrels for two years, longer than any tequila in it's class. It's meant to be a sipping tequila. There are subtle hints of agave, honey, vanilla, dried fruits and spices. After one small sip I could tell this was not your ordinary tequila. I could definitely taste the honey and vanilla and it was so smooth. Really nice!


Riazul also makes Reposado, which is aged for 9 months in French and American oak barrels. It's also a nice sipping tequila with hints of citrus fruit. Then there is Riazul Silver. This one is bottled directly following distillation. It represents the most traditional form of tequila and can be served chilled or on the rocks. It's also perfect for mixed drinks like margaritas.

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I chose to use it in a Spicy Pina. I found this recipe at About.com. Apparently this drink was enjoyed in the movie, Sex in the City 2. Normally, I'm not a fruity drink kind of girl but this one wasn't too sweet and the kick from the jalapeno was really fun.

Spicy Pina

2 parts tequila, I used Riazul Silver
2 parts pineapple juice
.5 part simple syrup, I actually used agave nectar instead
Splash of orange juice
1 slice of jalapeno pepper, muddled
Garnish with orange and jalapeno

In a mixing glass or shaker, muddle the agave and jalapeno slice. Add the ice, tequila and juices. Shake well, garnish and serve.

Oh... and before I forget, the winner of the Girard's Dressing giveaway is lucky number 7, cutie patootie Taylor of the delicious Greens and Chocolate!! Congrats, Taylor! Email me your address and I'll get it in the mail right away.

Have a great week!

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21 comments:

jacqueline said...

This Spicy Pina looks yummie and sooo refreshing! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe and i might give this a try! Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

Julie said...

My only recollections of straight tequila are not pleasant ones, but the drinky looks good!

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

I have to say I'm a fruity drink fan. Actually I think it's the fruit because I love fruit in everything! :)
Visually appealing and yummy looking! Not a lot of experience with tequila being Molly the PIRATE (why is the rum gone? haha) and all but these flavors sound interesting!

scrappysue said...

ha! i wish people would send ME booze in the mail!!!!

Magic of Spice said...

You got this in the mail...so jealous:) These cocktails look fantastic:)

Angie's Recipes said...

How come you always have received free cookbooks, sauces, liquor, bags, etc.? LOL...I must sound very jealous.
Spicy pina looks great!

Jo said...

This sounds wonderful. Perfect for sipper on the patio this weekend.

Jo

TKW said...

You know you've arrived when people send you booze in the mail! Awesome.

The drink looks delicious--I'm sure I'd love the spice!

Joanne said...

Tequila is far and above my favorite hard liquor. Although it is also the most dangerous, at least for me! One shot of the stuff and I am in the danger zone.

The sound of this spiced version sounds amazing! I think it's SO COOL that you got to sample it!

Susan said...

Interesting Tequila drink. Great gift to receive.

Claudia said...

I would love to receive a cocktail in the mail! Looks summer-refreshing to me!

Jeannie said...

Party time! Lucky you to receive so many goodies in your mail! Wish I could have some of those wonderful looking cocktails!

Randi Troxell said...

very cool!

and that cocktail looks awesome for the summer time!

Katherine Aucoin said...

that's the way to kick back and enjoy these really hot summer days!

Maddy said...

This has my name written all over it!!!

Kim said...

Now this sounds like a fun product to review:) Never thought of having a spicy cocktail, but I love the idea and it looks really pretty. Sounds like a great way to beat the heat.

Katie@Cozydelicious said...

Oooh, how fun! I've never had a drink with jalapeno - it sounds great!

Stella said...

Oh Kim, tequila is my favorite liquor-hands down! I love rum too, and bourbon is very nice sometimes. But there's just something about tequila. I'll keep my eyes open for this French Oak aged Riazul!

Jenn said...

I could seriously go for one of these cocktails right about now. It ain't too late for happy hour. :)

Amy said...

I wish I got my tequila in the mail! Usually I have to get my hubby to pick it up. That Spicy Pina sounds wonderful!

girlichef said...

What I want to know is how one would go about getting samples of tequila for review!!!??? Lucky girl...I'd drink these down, no problem. =)

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