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Foothill dining: Tequila for summer

By From page B2 | August 04, 2014

Tequila is a good summer liquor for fun cocktails. Partida Tequila wants consumers to take some time to truly appreciate tequila for the complex, nuanced liquor it is.

No more throwing back shots and shoving limes in our mouths. Partida Tequila (partidatequila.com) wants savvy drinkers to savor the intricate layers of flavor and aroma that can come from a tequila that is treated with care and love from agave plant through distillation and bottling.

Down in the heart of Mexico, Partida Tequila grows 100 percent blue agave for 7-10 years in the Tequila Valley until the plants are perfectly matured before harvest. They are then individually harvested by hand and cooked in stainless steel containers.

Jose Valdez, Partida’s master distiller, oversees the fermentation and distillation of every batch of Partida Tequila for quality control and consistency. The time, care and commitment the Partida Tequila team puts into their “tradition meets innovation” process is reflected in the final products.

• Partida Blanco (not aged) — Partida Blanco is brilliant, clean and crisp; very floral, with notes of citrus. Well balanced with a fresh, pure agave flavor and a pleasant finish that lingers gently on the palate.

• Partida Reposado (aged six months) — Partida Reposado delivers nuances of flavor tequila drinkers may not have thought possible, without the overbearing smoky flavor. Beautiful light amber color with golden tones, transparent and clean, brilliant and full bodied.  Aromas of chocolate and vanilla, hazelnut and almond and a deep, rich finish.

• Partida Añejo (aged 18 months) — Partida Añejo exhibits a depth of flavor that only comes from advanced aging. Intense golden copper color; clean and full bodied. A fruity aroma with notes of cherry, almond and spices. Soft honey fruit tones, with flavors of spices and dried fruits reminiscent of sweet pear and almond and a very pleasant finish.

 

Partida margarita

Ingredients

2 ounces Partida Blanco Tequila

1 ounce fresh lime juice

½ ounce Partida Agave Nectar

½ ounce water

lime wheel

Directions

1. Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.
2. Shake and strain into a chilled margarita or cocktail glass or an old fashioned glass filled with fresh ice.
3. Garnish with a lime wheel.

 

Old fashioned

Ingredients
2 ounces Partida Añejo Tequila

2 teaspoons maple syrup

2 slices Fresno chile

2-3 dashes Angostura Bitters

Orange twist

Directions

1. In an old fashioned glass muddle the maple syrup, chile and bitters.
2. Add the tequila, fill with ice and stir.
3. Garnish with an orange twist and another slice of Fresno chile.

 

La paloma

Ingredients

2 ounces Partida Blanco Tequila

1 pinch salt

Half a lime

Grapefruit soda, such as Jarritos or Squirt

Directions

1. Fill a highball glass with ice and add the tequila and salt.
2. Squeeze the lime half into the glass and drop into the drink.
3. Fill with grapefruit soda.

 

La Perla

Ingredients

1½ ounces Partida Reposado Tequila

1½ ounces Domecq Manzanilla Sherry

¾ ounces Mathilde Pear Liqueur

Lemon twist

Directions

1. Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice.
2. Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
3. Garnish with a lemon twist.

 

Tequila mojito

Ingredients

2 ounces Partida Reposado Tequila

1 ounce fresh lime juice

1 ounce Partida Agave Nectar

8-10 mint leaves

Chilled club soda

Directions

1. In a highball glass mix the mint leaves, lime juice and agave nectar.
2. Muddle the mint leaves to extract the oils.
3. Add tequila, fill the glass with ice and top off with club soda.
4. Garnish with a mint sprig.

 

Watermelon collins

Ingredients

1½ ounces Partida Blanco

¼ ounce Partida Agave Nectar (diluted 50/50)

½ ounce fresh squeezed lime juice

2-4 chunks of watermelon

Splash of quality Triple Sec

Directions

1. Muddle watermelon chunks and lime juice in your mixing glass.
2. Add tequila, agave nectar, triple sec and ice. Shake.
3. Strain into a highball glass.
4. Garnish with a watermelon wedge.

 

Heated affair

Ingredients

2 ounces Partida Anejo Tequila

6 ounces hot apple cider

Heavy cream

Nutmeg

Directions

1. Preheat Irish coffee glass with warm water.
2. Add tequila and apple cider, stir.
3. Float with heavy cream.
4. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

Democrat Staff

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