Smash Body Art at Sunset [DRINKS OF THE WEEK]

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The art of drinking is not learned overnight, it is learned over many nights! Knowing what to drink and what not to drink is a skill typically obtained by trial and error. In an attempt to lighten the load on your wallet and your taste buds COED is bringing you yet another installment of “Drinks of the Week”  This week we’re featuring: TAUCA Liqueur, Tequila Avión Añejo, and Cockspur 12 Bajan-crafted rum. Without further adieu, here we go…

Tequila Avión Añejo

Best known as the fictional tequila brand owned by Turtle on HBO’s EntourageTequila Avión believe it or not, is actually real! And from what we already know about its blanco (sliver) version, it’s also quite good! This time around we’re looking at Avión’s Añejo expression. Which draws its distinct flavors through a combination of slow-roasting at lower temperatures to protect the natural flavors of the agave and an ultra-slow filtration process which is said to create an unusually smooth taste profile.

Proof: 80 (3240% ABV)
Age: 2 years
Flavors: Agave, citrus, and vanilla
TasteB+ (Very Good)
Mix-abilityA- (Excellent)
Buzz Factor: A- (Excellent)
Price$50 – $60 USD (750ml) – Currently sold in 48 US states!

Overall: We give Tequila Avión Añejo an A- (Highly Recommended). Do yourself a favor and put down the Jose for a minute… Avión Añejo is in the building and it’s fantastic! The 2 years of aging that Avión put into this tequila shows itself in its smooth character and mellow aftertaste. This tequila is excellent for sipping and even holds up well in the mixed drinks arena. If you’re a tequila junkie and haven’t tired this stuff, you’re missing out!

MIX IT UP WITH: “Papaya Smash”

Ingredients: Slice of Fresh Papaya, ¼ oz. Agave Nectar1, ¼ oz. Avión Añejo, ½ oz. Aperol, ½ oz. Orange Juice, ¾ oz. Fresh Lime Juice.

Directions: Add a slice of fresh papaya and agave nectar to your mixing glass. The amount of nectar you add depends on how sweet you like your cocktails, but usually about a teaspoon will do the trick. Muddle to release the papaya flavor. Add 1¼ ounces of Avión Añejo, ½ ounce each of Aperol and orange juice. Then, top them off with ¾ ounce fresh lime juice.Add ice and give it a good shake. Strain over ice, and garnish with a fresh slice of papaya.

TUACA Liqueur

TUACA is 100% natural, based on a 500-year-old recipe originating in the hills of Tuscany. The process begins according to tradition with the selection of the finest Italian brandy, ranging from 3 to 10 years old. It’s sourced from Faenza, a small city near Bologna, known for producing brandy with a pleasing aroma, amber color and an exceptionally smooth finish. The final presentation is created as the master blender folds the Italian brandy into a blend of natural sugar and fine spirits before adding the crowning touch of soft citrus and vanilla essences.

Recently TUACA teamed up with renowned tattoo artist Corey Miller for a bottle redesign. The new bottle features Cory’s etching of the TUACA lion which actually turns blue when the bottle is chilled.

Proof: 70 (35% ABV)
Age: N/A
Flavors: Vanilla, cinnamon, and citrus
TasteB+ (Very Good)
Mix-abilityB+ (Very Good)
Buzz Factor: C (Average)
Price: $20 – $26 USD (750ml)

Overall: We give TUACA a B (Recommended). This is an intriguing liqueur that begs to be mixed! Beyond its distinct vanilla and citrus flavor profile, it’s actually quite smooth coming in at only 70 proof and is best enjoyed in our opinion when chilled. Tip: Keep it stored in the freezer, there’s no better way to enjoy TUACA!

MIX IT UP WITH“Body Art”

Ingredients:  1.5 oz TUACA, 1.5 oz Lillet Blonde, 1/2 oz Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur, 2 strawberries.

Directions:  Pour Chambord into a martini glass and blend remaining ingredients with ice. Pour into martini glass and add a dash of Chambord to top. Garnish with an additional strawberry.

Cockspur 12 Bajan-crafted rum

Produced from the oldest rums kept on reserve at the distillery, Cockspur 12 Bajan-crafted rum is distilled from island cane molasses and Barbados’ own coral-filtered water. Utilizing both column still and pot still distillation methods, Cockspur 12 is then aged in American oak bourbon barrels. This combination of aging and blending defines the smooth character for which Cockspur is renowned for.

Barbados is generally considered the birthplace of rum, so it’s no surprise that Cockspur Rum was founded there in 1884.

Proof: 80 (40% ABV)
Age: 12 years
Flavors: Molasses, caramel, and cinnamon
TasteB+ (Very Good)
Mix-abilityB (Good)
Buzz Factor: A- (Excellent)
Price$30 – $37 USD (750ml) 

Overall: We give Cockspur 12 Bajan-crafted rum a B+ (Highly Recommended) Ladies don’t be mistaken, this is a manly rum. When served in a tumbler over ice, Cockspur 12 is pure class in a glass. Its sweet overtones and subtle complexities make it ideal for sipping, yet given the correct recipe Cockspur 12 also mixes fine too. If you’re looking to step up your rum game, this bottle will do it!

MIX IT UP WITH: “Island Sunset”

Ingredients: 1 oz. Cockspur 12, 1 oz. Cockspur White rum, 1 tbsp. Passion fruit syrup, 2 tsp. lime juice, Dash grenadine

Directions: Shake and pour over ice in a chilled large glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Next week: 44 North Rainier Cherry Vodka | Tequila Partida Reposado | Hennessy Black

Josh is COED Magazine’s resident testing and review specialist, with a keen eye for all things tech, booze, and sports related. When he’s not contributing for COED his latest work can be found over at BeSportier.com. To have your products tested, reviewed, and featured on COED shoot Josh a quick Email. You can also follow Josh on Twitter – @JoshHerder

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