About Liqueurs from Mexico

About Liqueurs from Mexico
Mexican spirits are all about beverages made from the agave plant, with the two most famous products being tequila and Mezcal. These products range from rustic and rough to polished and world-class; they are enjoyed by the common man as well as celebrities and they are consumed throughout Mexico as well as in the United States and many other countries. While both tequila and mezcal are made from the agave plant, mezcal can be produced from many varieties from several area, while tequila can only be made from the blue agave and only from the Jalisco district. There are several types of tequila, from the most basic, clear examples that can be sipped or serve as the base of numerous cocktails, all the way up to aged (añejo) versions that have gold or amber colors, smoky, caramel and honeyed aromas and a long, elegant finish that are meant for after dinner enjoyment on their own or with a cigar. Tequila had become an enormous industry in Mexico and today the product is made by small family-owned companies as well as large multimillion dollar beverage giants. There is also a small amount of liqueurs made in Mexico, such as those made from honey, coconut and even local flowers such as the Xtabentun; production is limited, but quality is quite high.

Top Picks for Mexico


Tequilcello Limon Tequila Liqueur
96 points
Minutely hazy golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of gentian and pine sap, spicy roasted lemon marmalade, wormwood tea and linseed, and grapefruit peel with a glycerous, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a graceful, distinctive, very long lemon blossom honey and alpine herbs finish. A wonderfully pure and flavorful three-dimensional lemon liqueur.
Awards: 2018 Best Citrus Liqueur
96 points $29.95
Arrogante Damiana Liqueur
93 points
Best Buy
Pale slivery straw color. Bright, exotic, spicy herbal aromas of peppered lime an prickly pear, grassy herbs, grilled pepper, and figs with a velvety, vibrant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long coriander, grains of paradise, ginseng cola, and mint-lilac syrup finish. An elegant and stimulating herbal tequila based liqueur that will be great on it’s own or in a wit beertail.
93 points $22.99 Best Buy
Kova Coffee Liqueur
89 points
Best Buy
Clear brown black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered espresso beans, nuts, and dried fruits, brown sugar roasted nuts, and cappuccino with a glycerous, soft, very sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length banana flan and latte finish. A nice creamy, fruity coffee liqueur.
89 points $13.99 Best Buy
Herencia de Plata Coffee Tequila Liqueur
88 points
Mahogany color. Aromas of chocolate frosting, coffee beans, and German chocolate cake with a syrupy, bright, sweet medium-full body and a sleek, refreshing, medium-length hot fudge and espresso-flavored topping finish. A rich, chocolatey coffee liqueur that will make craveable creamy cocktails.
Kalani Coconut Rum Liqueur
88 points
Pale clear color. Aromas of coconut flake, almond oil, and lemon balm with a glycerous, bright, sweet medium body and a smooth, medium-length coconut creme, powdered sugar, and Italian almond cookie finish. A sincere coconut liqueur to add pure flavor to tropical cocktails.
KAPALI Coffee Liqueur
88 points
Best Buy
Brown black color. Aromas of coffee yogurt, espresso, and dark chocolate with a thick, soft, cloying medium-to-full body and a stimulating, medium-length coffee hard candy, charred coffee beans, and orange liqueur finish. A richly flavored coffee liqueur.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Kahlúa Chili Chocolate Liqueur
88 points
Best Buy
Dark brown black color. Aromas and flavors of fresh coffee, chocolate cake and cacao nibs, and toasted raisin nut bread with an oily, vibrant, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, intriguing, long ancho pepper jelly, chili powder, and cinnamon red hot candy finish. A fun, peppery coffee and chocolate liqueur that will be fun to play with in cocktails.
88 points $18.99 Best Buy
Reserva del Señor Almond Tequila Liqueur
87 points
Golden amber color. Aromas of cherry stones, almond kernel, biscotti, and sherry drizzled pineapple with a round, vibrant, very sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length maraschino cherry, sweet almond oil, candied banana, honey glazed donuts, and lozenge finish. A solid amaretto for sours and coffee.
DOS SANTOS Mexican Coffee Liqueur
84 points
Dark brown color. Rich, roasted aromas of coffee, chocolate yogurt, and char-roasted nuts with a bright, very sweet medium body and a smooth, medium-length honeyed toasted fruitcake and delicate pepper finish. A nice candied coffee liqueur for mixing.
84 points $10.99
Cafe Bravo Mexican Coffee Liqueur
83 points
Brown color. Bright, attractive, creamy aromas of toasted meringue, coffee yogurt, and brown grass with a supple, soft, sour medium-full body and a smooth, medium-length chocolate caramel bar, parchment, and bark finish.
83 points $10.99