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