I had been invited to attend the Mariposa Agave Nectar Liqueur launch event which was being held at a really swanky type hotel in West Hollywood (The Petit Ermitage Hotel). Not being much of a Tequila drinker I was hoping that it would at least be really good tequila. Well wasn’t I just in for a huge surprise!
@DaveStylus the entertainer who doubles as our music and nightlife editor from Mix966FM and I headed off to West Hollywood for this tasting and arrived at the Petit Ermitage hotel which oddly enough looked like nothing more than an apartment building but is in fact a great way to camouflage a luxury suite hotel. We were let up to the private rooftop club which is really great as well.
But I digress. The first sampling of Mariposa Agave Nectar Liqueur was straight up or neat as they say. Needless to say I was hesitant as I anticipated the typical harshness of the typical tequila brands I’ve had over the years. Surprised me that there was absolutely no need for a chaser of any kind. This was very much like a dessert Tequila. It was sweet yet not too sweet, and the tequila taste was more palatable than any I’d had before.
As we learned shortly after tasting during the presentation that Mariposia Agave Nectar is not a Tequila at all. It is a liqueur which is entirely different from your tequilas. See I can be taught something new. The only thing Mariposa shares with Tequila is that both come from the same plant. Cousins maybe? Probably more like 2nd cousins. The base spirits that Mariposa is blended with are vodka and tequila. So it’s still in the family!
The second sampling was with a cube of ice in the glass. This had the benefit of opening up the agave flavor a bit more. I have no idea how it works but it did change the flavor, and kind of broke it up into something that really allowed all the other flavors to come out a nd play a bit more.
The great thing about Mariposa is that it will fit well with anything that you’re mixing. It’s got a golden hue, and on smelling it you find subtle hints of roasted piÃ±a and grapefruit. The primary scent is rose and gardenia. To the taste, you’ll get some orange blossom honey, pomme fruit, and the subtle flavor of juniper berry. Mariposa Agave Nectar Liqueur has a viscous flavor that rocks your taste buds to the core with a flavor explosion but it’s somehow still soft, with a dry finish.
Mariposa is 30% alcohol by volume and retails for right around $25.00 for a 750ml, and is one flavorful way to get hammered. Try mixing it with whiskey and wow! It’s designed to bring out your creative ideas and the creative ideas of mixologists everywhere.
I’ve included one of the recipes from the mojitos we enjoyed at the event.
1 oz Mariposa
1 oz Silver Rum
.5 oz Lemon juice
.5 oz Lime juice
2 Springs of mint
4 oz Soda water
Combine all ingredients in shaker and shake vigorously, pour into Collins glass with ice, top with soda water.
And for all you calorie counters, here is a delicious summer recipe you can enjoy:
“The Butterfly Effect”
1 oz Mariposa (70 calories)
6 oz Fresca (1.75 calories)
lemon wedge (5 calories)
We’d love to hear what mixes you come up with for Mariposa Agave! Let us know by leaving a comment below. And don’t forget to go over and like Mariposa Liqueur on their Facebook page. Follow us on Twitter @FastLaneMag and if you have need of more ideas follow the Mariposa Liqueur resident mixologist Jared Schubert on Twitter @Jared_LouKY