Greg Mays Reviews Tanteo Jalapeño Tequila

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tanteo_loresFlavored vodka has exploded in both popularity and absurdity over the last 5 years. You can find everything from sweet to savory on the vodka liquor shelf, but it’s mostly low-quality and artificially flavored.

Tequila, however, which is overseen by the Tequila Regulatory Council of Mexico, couldn’t legally contain any additional flavorings until 2004. As a result, you’ll find fewer flavored tequilas at the stores.

One brand that has gone full-throttle with flavored tequilas is Tanteo, who sells 3 varieties: Cocoa Tequila, Tropical Tequila, and the one I’m sipping on for the Burn! Blog: Jalapeño Tequila.

Tanteo Jalapeño is a blanco 100% agave tequila. Jalapeño flavoring is added by infusion, and results in a very faint green liquid. Opening the wooden cork will immediately present you with a very familiar jalapeño smell – strong, bold, and spicy.

Tanteo Jalapeño has its uses, which I’ll mention shortly, but I have to tell you it’s not a good replacement for tequila in most of your cocktails. The strength of the jalapeño flavor (not necessarily the spiciness) makes a Tequila Sunrise or a Margarita off-balance. It’s the first time I can remember drinking a cocktail that gave me bad breath!

I would recommend that the most useful place for Tanteo’s Jalapeño variety is in cooking. Use it to simmer chicken fajitas or add a splash in your slow cooker when you’re making a roast. The big flavor of this tequila will add lots of character to your cooking.

If you’re dying to try Tanteo in a cocktail, though, I’d recommend pairing it with another, unflavored, tequila, to tone down the boldness that jalapeño flavor adds to a drink. Here’s a fun recipe I invented for this tequila:

Jalapeño Bacon Margarita
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  • 1 oz Tanteo Jalapeno Tequila
  • 1 oz unflavored blanco tequila
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • ¾ oz Torani Bacon Syrup
  1. Shake and strain into a salt-rimmed glass, either in a cocktail glass or on the rocks.
  2. Garnish with a lime wedge and a jalapeño slice

Greg Mays is the managing editor of Simple Cocktails at www.simple-cocktails.com.

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