A few months ago I was approached by Casa Noble Tequila to experiment and make a few tequila cocktails to celebrate Earth Day.
The company was so generous,
they sent me 3 different bottles of tequila.
So who was I to complain.
I already share a Thirsty Thursday every week,
so why not share my favorite spirit the entire month of April.
(I am not one to pass up experimenting for a few new cocktails.)
Casa Noble Tequila is one of the best tequilas that I have ever tried,
and I’ve tried a few.
I really love the earthiness found in the tequilas and the taste is exceptional.
I was also very impressed when I researched it a bit more and found that the tequilas are made with 100% Blue Agave and are Certified Organic.
For this cocktail,
I decided to break out the big boy–Anejo.
Casa Noble Anejo Tequila is described as robust and complex with intricate aromas of dried fruits, spice, and toasted oak, complemented with butterscotch, vanilla and cooked
agave flavors. It has been aged in French White Oak Barrels for two years.
I paired this anejo tequila with smoky chipotles and sweet raspberries,
which produced one excellent margarita.
Raspberry Chipotle Margarita
Makes 1 cocktail
2 ounces raspberry simple syrup**
3 ounces Casa Noble Anejo Tequila
1/2 teaspoon Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce, pureed
2 ounces lime juice
1 ounce Grand Marnier
1/2 ounce Chambord
Pour all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until well mixed. Pour into a glass over ice rimmed with lime and a mixture of chipotle pepper, sugar, and salt**.
Raspberry Simple Syrup
1 cup raspberries
1 cup sugar
3 cups water
Combine all ingredients in a small pot and bring to a boil. Smash the raspberries and allow mixture to boil for approximately 8 minutes until it begins to thicken. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
For the rimmer:
Combine 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon coarse salt, and a pinch of chipotle chili powder. Use to rim margarita glass.
This cocktail is a little sweet with a tiny kick of heat and smokiness from the chipotles.
If you prefer a less sweet cocktail,
then add a touch more lime and chipotle.