I just celebrated a milestone birthday. The kind of birthday where you take a moment to reflect and think about life. One thing became crystal clear for me. I need to stop rushing through life. Too often, we are in such a hurry we do not savor those precious moments that make it all worthwhile. A stolen kiss with a loved one. A hike along the river to discover a waterfall at the end. A meal authentic and rich in flavor. A sip of excellent quality tequila.
The Recipe that Started it All
This Cinco de Mayo marks the one-year anniversary for LatinoFoodie as an official brand ambassador for Azuñia. I still remember the excitement of winning a recipe contest Azuñia held for Cinco de Mayo. We submitted our Mole Poblano recipe, a dish that has its roots in Puebla, a small town where the unlikely victory happened by the Mexican army over the French in 1862. Azuñia fans fell in love with our mole, and we fell in love with Azuñia’s tequila.
The recipe marries mulato, ancho/pasilla, and guajillo chiles with warm spices, and sweet Mexican chocolate to create a velvety smooth sauce ideal for spooning over chicken or smothering steamed veggies.
The sauce takes time to assemble, simmer, and cook. But the end result is worth it. Isn’t that true for most things in life?
Cinco de Mayo is More Than Shots
What we’ve learned over this past year working with Azuñia is, like many things, tequila is meant to be sipped and enjoyed all year long – not just on Cinco de Mayo or Mexican Independence Day in September (yes, they are two different holidays).
For the most part, people are slamming shots of tequila with a bite of lime and a pinch of salt during Cinco de Mayo. Now, please don’t get me wrong. I love a good shot of tequila from time to time. Heck, I just had a few shots last weekend with some friends. But, if that’s the only way you are drinking tequila, you are missing all of the complexities of the liquor.
With all the years it takes to harvest and produce tequila, it should be treated more like a fine wine — sipped, savored, cherished even. Hold a sifter of tequila in your hand and slowly breathe in the aroma of smoke, tobacco, flowers and sweet agave.
The Proof is in the Process
Azuñia is smooth, clean craft tequila with authentic flavor from the local terroir in every sip. It is the exclusive export of Agaveros Unidos de Amatitán and its second- generation, family-owned-and-operated Rancho Miravalle estate, which has created exceptional tequila for nearly 20 years.
Made with 100% pure Weber Blue Agave grown in dedicated fields of the Jalisco valley the makers harvest by hand and roast the organic agave in traditional clay hornos or ovens to ensure authenticity and depth of flavor.
Azuñia then finishes with a natural, open-air fermentation process and bottles onsite in small batches using a consistent process to deliver field-to-bottle quality.
Thank You Azunia
We want to thank the team at Azuñia for a wonderful year. In July, Azuñia sent us to an event in New Orleans where we saw first-hand the growth and dynamics of the liquor industry. We created dinner and cocktail recipes featuring Azuñia tequilas. And, now that Cinco de Mayo is here, we’ll be sure to share Azuñia tequila with our friends. And, we’ll remind them to savor the aroma and taste of the delicious gold.