Thirsty Thursday--Blackberry Paloma

I'm back for round two of my tequila dedicated posts this month,
with a big thanks to Casa Noble Tequila.

This time I decided to try out the crystal 

in one of my favorite tequila cocktails---The Paloma.

I have what you might call an obsession with all things grapefruit.
So this cocktail calls to me.
I pumped it up a little bit by adding a few of my other favorite ingredients...
blackberries and St. Germain.

And behold, my new favorite cocktail (for right now).

You are going to love this cocktail.
When you are pouring it into your glass your mouth is going to water.
The smell is divine.

Grapefruit, blackberries, elderflower, lime, and tequila.
It's intoxicating.

Blackberry Paloma

makes 1 cocktail

10 blackberries
1 teaspoon sugar or sweetener (I used Truvia)
juice from 1/2 lime
3 ounces grapefruit juice
1 ounce St. Germain
2 ounces crystal tequila

In the bottom of the cocktail shaker, add the blackberries and sugar.  Muddle until macerated.  Add all of the remaining ingredients.  Add ice and shake until well blended.  Pour into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with a slice of lime or grapefruit.

**adjust sweetener and lime depending on sweetness of berries--you may not need any sugar at all.


Thirsty Thursday--Raspberry Chipotle Margaritas

A few months ago I was approached by Casa Noble Tequila to experiment and make a few tequila cocktails to celebrate Earth Day.

The company was so generous,
they sent me 3 different bottles of tequila.

So who was I to complain.
I already share a Thirsty Thursday every week,
so why not share my favorite spirit the entire month of April.
(I am not one to pass up experimenting for a few new cocktails.)

Casa Noble Tequila is one of the best tequilas that I have ever tried,
and I've tried a few.
I really love the earthiness found in the tequilas and the taste is exceptional.

I was also very impressed when I researched it a bit more and found that the tequilas are made with 100% Blue Agave and are Certified Organic.

For this cocktail,
I decided to break out the big boy--Anejo.

Casa Noble Anejo Tequila is described as robust and complex with  intricate aromas of dried fruits, spice, and toasted oak, complemented with butterscotch, vanilla and cooked 
agave flavors. It has been aged in French White Oak Barrels for two years.

I paired this anejo tequila with smoky chipotles and sweet raspberries,
which produced one excellent margarita.

Raspberry Chipotle Margarita

Makes 1 cocktail

2 ounces raspberry simple syrup**
3 ounces Casa Noble Anejo Tequila
1/2 teaspoon Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce, pureed
2 ounces lime juice
1 ounce Grand Marnier
1/2 ounce Chambord

Pour all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.  Shake until well mixed.  Pour into a glass over ice rimmed with lime and a mixture of chipotle pepper, sugar, and salt**.

Raspberry Simple Syrup

1 cup raspberries
1 cup sugar
3 cups water

Combine all ingredients in a small pot and bring to a boil.  Smash the raspberries and allow mixture to boil for approximately 8 minutes until it begins to thicken.  Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.

For the rimmer:

Combine 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon coarse salt, and a pinch of chipotle chili powder.  Use to rim margarita glass.

This cocktail is a little sweet with a tiny kick of heat and smokiness from the chipotles.
If you prefer a less sweet cocktail,
then add a touch more lime and chipotle.

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