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thePorpoise
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Posted: 2014-07-09 4:38 pm   Permalink

I too dropped triple sec for agave nectar in margaritas a few years ago, and i've never looked back!

 
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Sunny&Rummy
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Posted: 2014-07-09 6:35 pm   Permalink

Been doing more of the margaritas with agave instead of triple sec the past couple years as well. In its price range, Corralejo Reposado is my tequila of choice. A great sipper but also a versitile mixer that isn't so expensive you mind mixing with it.

Ace, I love all the Del Maguey mezcals but the Vida is about the only one I can afford. It was originally intended to sell at a < $30 price point but the few stores around me that carry it sell it for a little more than that. If you get a chance to play around mixing with Mezcal, I have found it really plays well with both pineapple juice and Calvados.

For folks in striking distance of a Total Wine, do yourself a favor and try a bottle of the San Matias Legado blanco tequila. An $11(!!) 100% agave tequila with a great, bright and nicely peppery flavor, makes a great Paloma and a great Margarita. I think it might be the best booze bargain out there right now.


 
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wizzard419
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Posted: 2014-07-09 7:11 pm   Permalink

I don't know if I would drop the orange for agave on it's own. I usually use GM and Agave (though I scale back the nectar since I detest sweet) because it seems like you would be missing a note. Similar to a bay leaf, you don't totally notice the presence but you know when it's gone.

 
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Sunny&Rummy
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Posted: 2014-07-09 7:33 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-07-09 19:11, wizzard419 wrote:
I don't know if I would drop the orange for agave on it's own. I usually use GM and Agave (though I scale back the nectar since I detest sweet) because it seems like you would be missing a note. Similar to a bay leaf, you don't totally notice the presence but you know when it's gone.



I certainly thought the same thing before trying a Margarita with just Tequila, lime juice, and a 1:1 agave:water syrup. I really don't think the drink suffers for lack of the triple sec, but you should try it and decide for yourself.

My wife's favorite margarita is one from Alton Brown that uses agave syrup and muddled fesh orange and lime and leaves out the triple sec. Great orange flavor, nice mingling of the tequila and agave syrup and it works quite well without the triple sec. You have to be in the mood for an orange-forward margarita, but when you are this one hits the spot.
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thePorpoise
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Posted: 2014-07-09 7:35 pm   Permalink

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On 2014-07-09 18:35, Sunny&Rummy wrote:
For folks in striking distance of a Total Wine, do yourself a favor and try a bottle of the San Matias Legado blanco tequila. An $11(!!) 100% agave tequila with a great, bright and nicely peppery flavor, makes a great Paloma and a great Margarita. I think it might be the best booze bargain out there right now.



i second this!


 
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wizzard419
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Posted: 2014-07-09 7:56 pm   Permalink

Never was a fan of TS, I usually go for GM because the other stuff has no depth.

 
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thePorpoise
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Posted: 27 days ago; 12:20 pm   Permalink

yesterday i sampled the blanco and the reposado of the new Casamigos tequila, apparently part-owned by George Clooney.

let's just say that Mr. Clooney shouldn't quit his day job any time soon...


 
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