Mariposa Liqueur Cocktail

Combining a unique liqueur that includes tequila, agave nectar, and vodka in a cocktail with gin might seem overkill but this Mariposa Liqueur Cocktail is a delicious and refreshing summer libation.

The Mariposa Liqueur Cocktail with Lemons
I cannot keep up with the booze that shows up at my door. Some of you may think…aww, poor baby, but the truth is there a lot is wine, some Prosecco and the occasional bottle of liqueur or even hard liquor that must be tested, like this Mariposa liqueur. Luckily I make some real winners, including this Mariposa Liqueur Cocktail.

Seriously, come on over, I have a ready supply of gifts to share; maybe it’s time to have another Girls Nite Out; much more of this and I could host a national event. I count 16 bottles this week; see, I wasn’t kidding!
One of the most recent and delightful surprises was a brand new liqueur comprised of agave nectar, 100% agave tequila and premium vodka. Mariposa is a lovely pale gold in a clear bottle and it looks like a light tequila with that golden yellow color.

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Added to the mix are rose oil and gardenia in a very subtle way, just a hint of those floral notes come through. From the list of ingredients (agave liqueur being a natural sweetener) it’s evident this will be a mixologist’s best friend and will be used as a flavor enhancer in any number of cocktails old and new.

It is being compared quite favorably to St. Germain elderflower liqueur and I get that; even with the tequila it is very tame and the components mix nicely together.

On it’s own it’s a medium body libation with honey forward which is followed by peach, orange and grapefruit notes. The tequila and vodka are actually very much in the background. Although I was going to use it in a cocktail, I also tasted it straight.

Some might enjoy it for sipping; for me it might be just a bit too sweet so I think it’s more perfect as a mixer. You can definitely taste the bite of tequila which is followed with a finish that is both smooth and sweet.

I can see this mixed in a wide variety of cocktails and seriously…I’m betting it will quickly become a standard on many a bar shelf; I know I’m happy to have it on mine!

The Mariposa Liqueur Cocktail was featured at the Mariposa Liqueur launch in South Florida several years ago. I need a vacation so I let this cocktail transport me for a bit to the beach and the ocean. Ahhhh.

There is no doubt I love cocktails with fruit components during the summer but this one hit the spot. As is my habit, I continue to work too hard in the mid summer heat and the least I can do is reward myself with a great cocktail. This truly hit the spot.

It was so light and refreshing and a blend of so many different flavors; gin, that hint of tequila, the floral notes mentioned above; all in an icy cold libation. The gin was a surprise but a delightful one; I can’t imagine it any other way now. The sweetness of the liqueur, the floral notes, and the herbaceous gin all combined together delightfully for a superb cocktail.

Definitely a keeper. I thought in keeping with the agave component that a dusting of the rim with turbinado sugar (Sugar in the Raw brand) would be perfect and it was. But then I love the mouth feel of that sugar, it’s a suggested component but not necessary either; you choose.

Produced by Heaven Hill Distilleries in Bardstown, KY, the Mariposa Liqueur was new to me and fun to play with. I’m thankful I was given an opportunity to try it and I loved the Mariposa Liqueur Cocktail. But…my testing did not stop and in lieu of a cocktail, try it simpler too.

The back of the bottle suggests a cocktail with three parts champagne and one part Marisposa. OK, I can do that…and you should too!

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Mariposa Liqueur Cocktail

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A most refreshing cocktail using a brand new liqueur that is a combination of agave nectar, tequila, and vodka and combining it with gin. Unique sounding but absolutely delicious.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 11 minutes
Course Liqueurs
Cuisine American
Calories 347 kcal


  • 1.5 oz. London Dry Gin
  • .75 oz. Mariposa Agave Nectar Liqueur
  • .75 oz. Lemon juice
  • .25 oz. Simple syrup
  • Raw sugar coated rim
  • Lemon zest


  • Combine liquid ingredients in a shaker filled with ice, rim stemmed cocktail glass with sugar.
  • Shake ingredients and pour into rimmed cocktail glass, express lemon over top and add a slice for garnish if desired.


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 Disclaimer: I was provided with a product for review but I was not paid to write this post; all commentary is my own.

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  1. That looks heavenly!

    Everything in it looks absolutly wonderful…I can’t wait to get some Mariposa Agave Nectar Liqueur and give it a shake!



    1. It is lovely but then I got news just how limited it is being distributed right now; I’ll put that info on the site soon.

    1. Thank you! Shh, don’t tell, but I don’t drink as much as one might think considering I do a cocktail a week. I just love making them and photographing them. More than drinking them! 🙂

    1. It’s very interesting; you know I’m happy to give you a taste…enjoy the rest of your trip.

    1. Thank you so much. True confession? I did photos in the evening; I was exhausted and I was not happy. I woke up at 4am; thought of them, could not stop thinking about how unhappy I was with them so got up at 5am to redo them. So glad I did!

    1. I really enjoyed this liqueur and I love St. Germain too…both have quickly found a safe place in my bar. 🙂

    1. Hehe made me chuckle. Yes the name must have something to do with migrating into a bar and ordering one huh?

  2. I’m not surprised that booze keeps arriving at your door. You do write the best reviews, take beautiful photographs and treat us all (vicariously) to some absolutely delightful cocktails. Keep ’em coming Barb!

    1. Yes Ma’am…you know I just love doing these. Now I wouldn’t mind getting a bit ahead…making, drinking and writing all in one night? Priceless. 🙂

  3. This sounds perfect Barb and I think I need to add this one to our bar – it definitely sounds like it would mix well with lots of other flavors – I think the orange would be terrific!! The photo is gorgeous as well!!

  4. Now this sounds right up my alley. Especially like that you mixed it with gin – my favorite.

    Just box all those bottles up and come on down to Georgia. We’ll invite all our blogging friends and have a party like you never saw before 🙂

    1. I thought of you and I’m not kidding. Was really very good; a unique blend for sure but so good Lana.

  5. I’m headed over for happy hour at your house! 😉 Wish someone would send me wine. Love the sound of this liqueur with the honey and all those lovely fruit notes. Refreshing, I’m sure!

    1. Come on down…and bring Wendy with you, OK? It really is very nice; so glad I had a chance to try it out.

  6. You have a tough job trying out all of that booze, but someone has to do it! 😉 I do think a rather large party is in order and maybe you can make a few of these cocktails for the event. This sounds like the perfect drink for these toasty summer evenings.

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