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

Liqueurs

Ancho Reyes Verde Chile Poblano Liqueur
90 points
$29
Golden yellow color. Pungent aromas of baked pineapple, escabeche, and clay with a supple, crisp, moderately sweet light body and a hot, medium-length Sichuan peppercorn, sambal, and salsa verde finish. A piquant Liqueur that will add heat and style to Tequila and Mezcal cocktails.
Granada-Vallet Bitter Pomegranate Liqueur
90 points
$24.99
Crimson red color. Aromas of gentian, vanilla, strawberry, bitter orange peel, allspice, and cinnamon with a satiny, bittersweet medium body and a smooth, snappy peppercorns, wormwood, newsprint, moldy tree stump, and dusty cabinets finish. A bright and boldly bitter liqueur to open up the palate.
90 points $24.99
El Ultimo Agave Almond Tequila Liqueur
89 points
$20
Best Buy
Gold color. Nutty aromas of cherries in syrup, almond kernels, and hints of toffee with a round, bright, sweet medium body and a seamless, refreshing, medium-length hints of candied banana and dried mandarin finish. A sweet and simple Almond Liqueur that hits the spot; cocktail away!
89 points $20 Best Buy
Herencia de Plata Coffee Tequila Liqueur
88 points
$22
Brown black color. Aromas of char-roasted espresso and hints of ginger and citrus peel with a satiny, crisp, sweet medium body and a tingling, medium-long marzipan finish. A pure Coffee Liqueur that adds roasty-sweet flavor to cocktails.
Reserva del Señor Almond Tequila Liqueur
87 points
$17
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.
Ancho Reyes Chile Ancho Liqueur
86 points
$22
Amber color. Interesting aromas of water chestnuts, hoisin sauce, and matcha with honey with a round, bright, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, amusing, medium-long five-spice, ancho chile, and tamarind finish. A savory, spicy Liqueur that delivers balanced heat and distinctive aromatics.
Huana Mayan Guanabana Liqueur
83 points
$32
Pale peach color. Aromas and flavors of dried pineapple and parchment with a satiny, bright, moderately sweet light body and a smooth, brisk finish with shades of cane sugar and white tea. A mild Liqueur with nice weight for cocktailing.