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Gran Centenario Rosangel Tequila - Review

Gran Centenario Rosangel Tequila

Sexy, Pink and Hot

by Jeff Hoyt

When it comes to infused liquors, orange, lemon, and other fruit flavors seem to be popular additions, and vodka tends to be the "infusee." But Gran Centenario breaks new ground—and deserves kudos—by being the first to market Reposado tequila infused with hibiscus.

Gran Centenario Rosangel combines two of the most important Mexican blooms: blue agave and the hibiscus flower. The new tequila has a fine pedigree, as it starts out as the enjoyable Gran Centenario Reposada Tequila. The mother of Rosangel is made by baking agave hearts, fermenting and distilling the resulting liquid, aging in French Limousin white oak barrels for a minimum of ten months, and adding older tequila for character and balance. Rosangel is then aged an additional two months in Port barrels, infused with flavors of hibiscus, and poured into an attractive Art Deco bottle that allows the pink hue to shine through.

The hibiscus sweetness cuts the potent punch of the 80 proof beverage without being cloying. We enjoyed it neat, without any citrus fruit needed for balance. In fact, people who never sip tequila may be likely to try this one, and the smoothness and the color are sure to appeal to women. Traditional recipes can be updated by using the pink drink, or people can try the Rosangel Margarita recipes below.

Price: $37

Rosangel Margarita

Rosangel Margarita

1½ oz. Rosangel
½ oz. orange liqueur
1 tbsp agave nectar
Juice of 1 lime
1 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tbsp cranberry juice
Splash of ginger ale
1½ cups of ice

Simple Version:
1½ oz. Rosangel
½ oz. orange liqueur
½ oz. of lime juice
½ oz. of cranberry juice
½ oz. of orange juice

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a coupe glass.

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(Updated: 09/11/12 DL)

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