Agave Nectar, Now a Liqueur

August 03, 2012 | by —VICTORIA HINOJOSA | Food & Drink News

FROM LEFT: Mariposa Agave Nectar Liqueur, Velvet Wings, Mariposa Mojito, Viceroy Daiquiri

Widely acknowledged as “the new honey,” all-natural agave nectar is made from the sap of the agave tequilina plant, which is also used to make tequila. So naturally, the first-ever agave nectar liqueur, Mariposa, packs plenty of tequila. The ultra-versatile new liqueur has been crafted with 100 percent agave tequila and premium vodka to mix with any base spirit—from Champagne to gin to whisky. Accented with heady hints of rose oil and gardenia, Mariposa hits the palate with notes of orange blossom honey, pomme fruit, and juniper berry. Try using it as a luxe substitute for simple syrup, or in these summer cocktail recipes by brand mixologist Jared Schubert. 

Mariposa Mojito

1 ounce Mariposa Agave Nectar Liqueur
1 ounce silver rum
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce lime juice
2 sprigs mint
4 ounces soda water

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Pour into a Collins glass over fresh ice and top with soda water.

Viceroy Daiquiri

3/4 ounce Mariposa Agave Nectar Liqueur
1 1/2 ounces silver rum
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce grapefruit juice
3/4 ounce simple syrup

Combine all ingredients into a blender with one cup of ice. Blend until smooth and pour into a hurricane glass. Lime wheel and cherry garnish.

Velvet Wings

1 ounce Mariposa Agave Nectar Liqueur
5-6 ounces chilled brüt Champagne
1 sugar cube
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters   

To a Champagne flute, add sugar cube and top with bitters. Pour in liqueur and Champagne. Orange twist garnish.

Mariposa Agave Nectar Liqueur is available at MacAdam Buy-Rite. 398 3rd Avenue, New York, 212-679-1224;

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