This year, truly celebrate Mexican heritage with the plant that started it all, the agave. Whether you’re partial to a crisp, classic blanco, a rich reposado, or a spicy añejo, Tequila Don Julio has got you covered.Crafted by Miami Mixologist Eddie Fuentes, the below recipe highlights the agave and fresh flavors in Tequila Don Julio in new and unexpected ways. Serving these specialty cocktail made with only the best ingredients will impress friends and add an authentic feel to the festivities.“Like Mexican cuisine, this drink is vibrant in color, a little spicy, and deeply satisfying. I wanted to create a sensory experience, and bringing the smoke into the cocktail allows all the senses to be activated while highlighting the versatility of the Tequila Don Julio Añejo. The fresh ingredients, smoke, and cooked agave expressions of the tequila remind me of a hot night in Mexico right before the sun starts to set.”
Want a sweet treat to go with your wine pairings this summer? In honor of what would have been Robert Mondavi's 100th birthday, the winery has whipped up a lemon verbana ice cream that goes perfectly with all of your summer meals. The suggested Mondavi wine for it? The 2009 Robert Mondavi Woodbridge Moscato. The bright fruit character of the Woodbridge Moscato is complemented by the bright lemon flavor of this ice cream. This ice cream is not overly sweet, so it complements the sweetness in the wine rather than overpowering it.
If you cannot find fresh lemon verbena you could substitute fresh lemon balm or lemon thyme for the lemon verbena. (I would not suggest using dried lemon verbena. It doesn't have the same bright, fresh flavor.)