Resposado

Tequila is derived from the blue agave plant, and is Mexico’s national drink. It comes in three varieties; blanco (silver), anejo, and reposado. For the purposes of this article, we will refer only to reposado tequila. Most people think of tequila as a “party” drink, but there are actually many ways to enjoy it without undesirable effects the morning after.

Reposado Tequila 411

Reposado means “restful” in Spanish, but tequila’s reputation is anything but restful. This type of tequila is aged in a wooden cask for at least two months, and higher quality reposados are aged for up to nine months. Reposado’s robust flavor makes it one of Mexico’s best sellers, and they’re excellent enjoyed by the sip or in a cocktail. Tequila isn’t just for college students and spring breakers anymore! With the ideas, tips and delicious reposado recipes listed above, you can enjoy a great drink without too much effort.

Sip it Neat, Enjoy it Slowly

For slow savoring, you should choose a tequila that’s made only from agave. Some tequilas are referred to as “mixtos”, which means that they may have as little as 51% agave and a lot of added sugar. Many experts and bartenders recommend choosing a reposado made in small batches by a family-owned distillery; they may be more expensive, but they’ll taste a lot better.

Sip it With Sangrita

Sangrita derives its name from its color, and the word is from the Spanish for “little blood”. Sangrita is best paired with reposado in a different shot glass, with alternating sips of each. To make your own sangrita, combine orange juice, tomato juice, lime juice, grenadine, and hot sauce.

Follow the Rules

If you are a by-the-book person, follow these tips on enjoying a good glass of reposado. Pour an ounce into a snifter, and hold the glass by the stem. Enjoy the color of the tequila, and swirl it in the glass gently. Take a very small sip, swishing it around for at least ten seconds. Swallow, and repeat as desired.

Shoot it – Fast

If you’re going to go the tourist route and shoot your tequila, make sure you choose the right kind. Reposado tequila is the best kind for shooting, and oros and blancos work as well. Stay away from mixtos – they may be cheap, but you’ll pay the next morning. You don’t have to use salt and lime if you don’t want to; just pour your reposado into a shot glass, and take a shot.

With Salt and Lime

People have been shooting reposado with salt and lime since at least 1924, but there’s no proof of that being the most popular method in Mexico.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Moisten the skin connecting your index finger and thumb. Apply a bit of salt, which will stick.
  • Hold the shot of tequila and a lime wedge. Lick the salt and drink the shot.
  • Chase the tequila with the lime; the tequila cuts the lime’s acidity.

Mix the Tequila in a Cocktail

The most popular reposado-based drink is the margarita, which can be enjoyed in a classic or frozen form. Classic margaritas are the easiest way to enjoy the taste of tequila, as frozen margaritas often contain added sugar. To make a good classic margarita, mix the following in a shaker that’s half full of ice:

  • 2 oz. reposado tequila
  • ½ oz. triple sec
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • ½ oz. agave nectar
  • Shake for at least 20 seconds and pour into a cocktail glass.

Have a Tequila Martini

Tequila martinis have all the sophistication of a regular martini, with a little added fun. Be careful though – these pack quite the alcoholic punch! Lessen the load by using a sweet vermouth and a good reposado tequila. Blend together 2 ½ oz. reposado, ½ oz. sweet vermouth, and a dash of bitters. Shake for at least twenty seconds and pour into a martini glass, garnishing with a jalapeno or an olive.

Make a Tequila Sunrise 

These drinks are called “tequila sunrises” because of the orange and red layers in the finished drink. Citrus and reposado really do make a nice pair! In a glass with ice, combine two ounces of reposado and orange juice. Stir, and gently add two drops of grenadine to the side of the glass. The grenadine will sink to the bottom, and gradually rise to the top of the glass. Garnish with a cherry or an orange slice.

Try a Bloody Mary with a Twist

This tequila based drink is sometimes called a “Bloody Maria” or a “vampira”. This cocktail adds a Mexican flair to the classic Bloody Mary; it’s spicy and light, while maintaining the spirit of the original drink. To enjoy this concoction, pour the following into a 10-oz. glass:

A dash of salt

  • 1 ½ oz. reposado
  • 1 tsp. hot sauce
  • 1 oz. tomato/clam juice (such as Clamato)
  • 1 oz. lemon juice

To finish the drink, add some grapefruit soda and a lemon slice garnish.

Reposado means “restful” in Spanish, but tequila’s reputation is anything but restful. This type of tequila is aged in a wooden cask for at least two months, and higher quality reposados are aged for up to nine months. Reposado’s robust flavor makes it one of Mexico’s best sellers, and they’re excellent enjoyed by the sip or in a cocktail. Tequila isn’t just for college students and spring breakers anymore! With the ideas, tips and delicious reposado recipes listed above, you can enjoy a great drink without too much effort.

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