Friday, February 21, 2014

Cocktails with Casa Noble Tequila

By Warren Bobrow, Cocktail Whisperer

Ah, Casa Noble Tequila… How do I count the ways to enjoy your richly textured sips of smoky, agave goodness?   Will I enjoy you with fresh citrus juices? Or will I enjoy you with a sprinkling of sea salt and a puree of roasted tomatoes?  Who decides what will be in my glass?

Well certainly powers beyond my control decide this…

Casa Noble is lush, potent and inviting.  Take a sip, roll it on your tongue, and suck in the aromatics like you taste fine wine.  Roll it around in your glass. Smell the craftsmanship that only Casa Noble can provide. Relax and sip.Sure it’s fun to mix with Casa Noble.  There are millions of combinations for this highly expressive spirit!

Perhaps I’ll twist up the usual margarita and use some different ingredients that speak clearly of the season?  .  A mere splash transforms the Casa Noble Reposado to a thing of rare beauty. I’ve discovered a most lovely tangerine soda syrup also useful in cocktails- from Fruitations in Massachusetts that goes perfectly with Casa Noble Reposado Tequila

Six of the Buccaneers
2 oz. Casa Noble Reposado
1 oz. Fruitations Tangerine Soda and Cocktail Syrup
3 oz. Seltzer Water of your choice (I used Polar this time)

Fill a Boston Shaker ¾ with ice
Pour over the ingredients into the shaker (except for the fizzy water and the bitters)
Cover and shake hard for 15 seconds

Pour into a rocks glass with one cube of hand cut ice – that you made the night prior!
Splash a bit of soda water on the top
Dot the top with the bitters… sip carefully.. .

But all tequila cocktails are not just spirits and fruit; sometimes they call for savory flavors.  Royal Rose, in Maine makes gorgeous simple syrup of three chilies.  This sweet and savory syrup is laced with the smoky goodness of chipotle, ancho and jalapeño chilies.  I’m taken by how marvelous a couple teaspoons taste woven into a small dose of Casa Noble Blanco Tequila.  

The Handspike 
2 oz. Casa Noble Blanco
½ oz. Caledonia Spirits from Vermont, Elderberry Cordial
1 oz. Royal Rose Simple Syrup of Three Chilies
2 oz. Sparkling Water (of your choice)

In a cocktail mixing glass fill ¾ with ice
Add the Casa Noble Blanco and the Barr Hill Elderberry Cordial
Add the Royal Rose Three Chilies Syrup

Shake HARD for 10 seconds
Strain into a tall, narrow-Collins Glass with one HAND CUT spear of ice
Pour the sparkling water over the top
Dot with the Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters


Casa Noble goes wonderfully with roasted tomatoes!  I love to play around with these versatile fruits.  When you roast tomatoes in the off-season, the concentrated flavors of the luscious and beguiling “love-apple” come through. 

It’s easy to do!  Here are the instructions:

Take about 2 pounds of plum tomatoes and slice them in half
Sprinkle with Kosher Salt
Sprinkle with (really good) Spanish Olive Oil

Roast them at 300 degrees for two hours until they melt
Puree then set aside to cool
The skin will be charred slightly, this adds character!

Carousing in the Swamp
2 oz. Casa Noble Reposado (for extra character)
3 oz. pureed roasted tomatoes
1 oz. Tomato juice
1 oz. Celery juice
½ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 shakes Worcester Sauce
¼ oz. horseradish… freshly grated a plus!

To a Boston Shaker add all the ingredients…with some ice, only about ½ full of ice, cover and roll.  DO NOT SHAKE…
Shaking a Bloody Mary is JUST NOT DONE…  so don’t do it!
Enjoy this modern take on the classic, Bloody Mary, crafted with Casa Noble Tequila.

Cheers from DrinkUpNY!

Article by Warren Bobrow, a nationally published food and spirits columnist who writes for Williams-Sonoma, Foodista and the Beekman Boys.

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