The nights are getting colder and colder here in The City of Brotherly Love, but that doesn’t mean we need to be breaking out the hot toddies yet! Let’s instead ruminate on the good times of the past summer and try to forget the icy chill we will inevitably endure in the coming months. How will we do that, you ask? Well, what better way than with an affordable tequila?
A short anecdote before we begin, if you will indulge me.
I was on a business trip in Baltimore this past week and while out for drinks with colleagues I asked the bartender which tequilas they had stocked. “Raid, Cuervo, and Patron,” she replied.
Let’s just make it abundantly clear, if it weren’t already, that if your bar stocks Jose Cuervo as your middle grade tequila, you’re doing it wrong. Thank you.
Now, where were we? Ah yes, we were journeying to the land of margaritas and sunrises. I picked up a bottle of El Jimador’s silver tequila the other day for a modest $18.00. I was considering going for a higher-priced spirit, but decided to take a chance with this one after making sure it wasn’t some repulsive mixto.
The El Jimador blanco is a crystal-clear tequila bottled at 80 proof immediately after distillation. The aroma of this tequila is briny, yet crisp, with an intense agave nose. The taste is very similar – salty, with a hint of orange peel and a subtle sweetness that lingers on the gentle finish. For the price, this tequila is surprisingly drinkable.
If one is daring enough, one could certainly sip this one neat. I’d recommend instead, however, throwing in a small cube of ice and a squeeze of lime juice for good measure. It really helps mellow out the drink and prolongs the experience.
If you’ve got a bit more time on your hands, why not throw in some triple sec and lime juice for a simple margarita, or orange juice and grenadine for a tequila sunrise? El Jimador is at the right price point to be mixed heavily, so go nuts.
Remember, you’re only as cold as you feel. Until next time… stay warm.