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 finish that presents accents of 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
Granada-Vallet Bitter Pomegranate Liqueur
90 points
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
Herencia de Plata Coffee Tequila Liqueur
88 points
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
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.
Huana Mayan Guanabana Liqueur
83 points
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.