Summer with Centenario Rosangel
Summer is in full swing and the farmer’s markets are chock full with seasonal bounty. Recently I was given a sample bottle of Gran Centenario Rosangel, a hibiscus infused reposado tequila, and decided to bring the two together into a couple of wonderful and refreshing summer cocktails. By clicking here, you can read my coverage of the LA Rosangel launch party and my review of the spirit.
A few nights ago my girlfriend Kristin and I had a couple of friends over for a little post 4th of July bbq. It was a small, low key affair in which to decompress from the rest of the weekends festivities. I know what you are probably saying, “my lans, more bbq?” Well to prevent withdrawal we had to taper down consumption. ;-) With them, my friends Robbie and Alexis brought some fresh cherries and peaches and asked if there was anything I could do with them. Always up for a challenge, I knew exactly what to do and after taking inventory of what I had on hand I took to the task of quenching some thirsts.
The first cocktail I devised was a Cherry Lime Smash. Having fresh mint on hand as well as some incredible limes off the tree in the yard prompted me to head in this direction. Talk about refreshing, the hibiscus in the tequila complemented the mint and the cherry so well I could have knocked these back until I knocked myself out.
Rosangel Cherry Lime Smash
2oz Gran Centenario Rosangel
.5oz agave syrup (1:1 ratio w/ water)
.5 lime cut into wedges plus one wedge
4 ripe pitted cherries (I believe these were Bing cherries)
8-9 mint leaves
This is prepared like a traditional smash by muddling the limes, cherries, mint, and agave nectar together. Make sure not to over muddle by grinding to hard. As the title indicates you want to just smash and activate the ingredients, not beat them to a unrecognizable pulp. Next add the tequila followed by ice and shake well. Finally strain over cracked ice and garnsish with a fresh cherry and a nice top of mint. Don’t forget to give the mint a nice little slap to wake it up. You’ll thank me as you get a noseful of mint as you sip your refreshing cocktail.
Next, what to do with the peaches? I decided to use some fresh thyme as I love the way certain herbs mesh so well with the sweet and slightly acidic nature of a good summer peach. I pulled together some fresh lemon juice, peaches, thyme, demerara simple syrup and of course Rosangel for the Peach Basket cocktail.
2oz Gran Centenario Rosangel
.75oz fresh lemon juice
.75oz demerara simple syrup (1:1 ratio w/ water)
.5 peeled peach
1 Tbsp thyme leaves
I started by muddling the peaches and thyme together followed by the lemon juice and simple syrup. Next I added the Rosangel then ice and proceeded to shake it up. For this cocktail I recommend double straining it over ice through a small tea strainer as the thyme leaves will try and make an escape from the shaker. Finally I garnished the cocktail with a small piece of peach in which I threaded a thyme stem with the leaves on.
One of the purposes for this post was to showcase the Rosangel tequila, but what I also wanted to emphasize is how easy it is to make a wonderfully fresh and lively cocktail using ingredients that are available to you now at your local farmers market. I purposefully did not want to go overboard and use a bunch of homemade or hard to find ingredients. Sometimes less is more, and even with a little muddle, these are both simple and delicious cocktails to make at home at your next get together. A big thanks to Rosangel for letting me play around with their tequila.