We’re not telling you how or when to drink, we’re just letting you know the right liquore choices to make! In this week’s installment of “Drinks of the Week” we are getting up close and personal with three distinct spirits, including: Toro de Lidia Blanco Tequila, Jägermeister, and Ultimat Vodka. If two’s company and three’s a crowd, then this is party waiting to get started.
Develeped in Germany in 1934, Jägermeister, which actually translates to “master hunter,” is now the #1 selling imported liqueur in the United States and one of the top shot brands in the world. The liqueur is based on a secret recipe, combining 56 different natural ingredients, including select herbs, blossoms, roots and fruits.
Rumor: Elk blood is used in the production of Jägermeister.
Fact: Vegetarians rejoice! Jägermeister has never contained elk blood.
Proof: 70 (35% ABV)
Flavors: Herbs, black licorice, almost medicinal
Taste: B+ (Very Good)
Mix-ability: B- (Okay)
Buzz Factor: A- (Excellent)
Price: $19 – $25 USD (750ml)
Overall: We give Jägermeister a B+ (Highly Recommended). Its distinct flavor is oddly delicious and somewhat puzzling. First timers take notice – Jägermeister is like nothing you’ve ever tried before! And even though its proof is just 70 (10% lower than most whiskys and rums), it somehow manages to pack one hell of a punch! Tip: always keep Jägermeister on chill, in the freezer preferably!
MIX IT UP WITH: “Bombasstic”
Ingredients: 1 part Jägermeister, 2 parts orange juice, 2 parts cherry juice
Directions: Combine all ingredients into a ice-filled glass and drink!
Created for the “Fiesta Brava,” the centuries-old Spanish bullfighting feast, To De Lidia Blanco is produced with 100% of the finest selection of blue agave, well trimmed of its pencas (leaves) to avoid bitterness, and utilizes spring water throughout the fermentation process. Toro de Lidia is oxygenated, chilled to 4° C then filtered through activated carbon filters before bottling.
Accolades: Named the “Best of the Best” Lowland Blanco Tequila at the 2011 TEQUILA.net Awards.
Proof: 80 (40% ABV)
Flavors: Agave, Citrus, Orange peel, slight peppery spiciness
Taste: A- (Excellent)
Mix-ability: B+ (Very Good)
Buzz Factor: B (Good)
Price: $18 USD (750ml)
Overall: We give Toro de Lidia Blanco a B+ (Highly Recommended). This relatively unknown tequila has truly surprised us! It has a fresh, clean agave profile that delivers minimal “bite” and leaves a subtle aftertaste. Grab the bull by the horns and give it a try!
MIX IT UP WITH: “Fire & Ice”
Ingredients: 4 oz Toro de Lidia Blanco Tequila, 1/2 fresh jalapeno, 1.5 oz lime juice or margarita mix, 4 oz orange liqueur, and ice.
Directions: Muddle jalapeno and then combine lime juice (or margarita mix), tequila and orange liqueur. Shake and strain over ice.
From the minds that brought you Patrón Tequila, Ultimat Vodka is created through a distillation of wheat, rye and potato. And is produced where else but in Poland. It’s the birthplace of vodka! The process for creating Ultimat begins with milling the grains then steam cooking them to produce a mash for fermentation. Once fermented, the mash is distilled in a column still, then passed through a copper filtration system four times before the alcohol content is reduced to its final level of 80 proof using purified water.
Proof: 80 (40% ABV)
Taste: A- (Excellent)
Mix-ability: A- (Excellent)
Buzz Factor: B+ (Very Good)
Price: $38 – $42 USD (750ml)
Overall: We give Ultimat Vodka an A- (Highly Recommended). The combination of rye, wheat, and potatoes used to distill this vodka is something we’ve never seen before and has produced some excellent results! Ultimat is very smooth and has and overall richness typically not associated with vodka. It’s versitile and classy, a truly exquisite vodka!
MIX IT UP WITH: “Orange Crush”
Ingredients: 1.5 ounces Ultimat Vodka, 1.5 ounces Patrón Citrónge orange liqueur, Fresh orange juice, Fresh lime juice.
Directions: Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Shake well. Strain into glass with ice. Garnish with orange wedge.
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