Agavero Tequila Liqueur - Review
A Twist on an Old Staple
tequila aficionados turn their nose up at any example of
their favorite alcoholic beverage that is not 100-percent
made from the blue agave plant. But Agavero, which bills
itself as “El Original Licor de Tequila” uses
an old recipe to add a new twist. It is 100 percent blue
agave tequila infused with the natural essence of the Damiana
flower. The result is a fine-sipping liqueur that is quite
similar to tequila, but lighter and more palatable neat
or on the rocks.
Gallardo, the founder of Los Camichines Distillery in Jalisco,
Mexico, created the recipe for Agavero in 1857. He is also
credited with the invention of "Seleccion Suave,"
the process of selecting only the smoothest, best quality
tequilas, blending them together in oak and resting them
for an extra-long period of time. Agavero blends 100 percent
blue agave añejo and reposado tequilas, each aged
separately in white oak casks, then adds the essence of
the Damiana flower. The result is an extremely smooth drink
with a caramel color and aroma that is perfect for sipping.
At just 64 proof, it is much less harsh than regular tequila,
which tends to be at least 76 proof, with none of the alcohol
bite. Named for the agave, with a bottle shaped like the
spiky plant, Agavero is sweet, but not cloyingly so.
The Damiana flower, indigenous to the mountains of Jalisco,
is reputed to be an aphrodisiac in Mexico. That is one aspect of Agavero you’ll have
to test for yourself.
of the sweetness, some recipes such as the Mexican Cosmopolitan
(see below) that call for tequila need to be adjusted when
Agavero is used in its place.
by Jeff Hoyt
2 oz Vodka
Splash of Cranberry Juice
Splash of Lime Juice
a shaker, combine all ingredients with ice.
Shake until cold. Pour into martini glass and
garnish with a lime wedge.