By itself, neat this AÃ±ejo is full of flavor, and exhibits tastes of pineapple, light cocoa, agave, caramel and spice.
While most aÃ±ejo are aged for only 12 months, Milagro ages theirs in oak barrels for 18 months. These additional six months allow it to mature into a smoother and more refined taste than most of its competitors.
So what happens if you take these amazing flavors and incorporate them with a few other ingredients for some cocktails?
The Agave Pipe
I created a modified version of the Smoker’s Delight, which normally utilizes Laphroiag 10 year old scotch, Mozart Chocolate Liquor and aromatic bitters.
I decided to play off the flavor nuances of the Cocoa and Caramel Undertones of the Anejo with the Smokey Flavor of the Laphroiag.
1 Â¼ Oz Laphroiag Ten year
2 Oz Milagro AÃ±ejo Tequila
Chocolate Extract(3 Dashes) or Chocolate Bitters
2 Dashes Aromatic Bitters
3 Dashes Grapefruit Bitters
(Note-I’d l would recommend a 2:1 Ratio of AÃ±ejo to Laphroaig for future experiments)
The next drink that was created was a version of Dale DeGroff’s Whiskey Smash, however replacing the Bourbon with Milagro AÃ±ejo Tequila and replacing the simple syrup with Agave Syrup.
The Milagro Smash
2- 2 Â½ Oz Milagro AÃ±ejo Tequila
1 oz Agave Nectar
Cut half of a Lemon
Muddle the Lemon, Mint and Agave Syrup in Shaker
Add the Milagro Tequila, and shake vigorously
Pour into old fashioned glass filled with crushed ice
Garnish with mint
1 Â½ Milagro AÃ±ejo
Â¾ Lillet Rouge
Â½ Oz Cointreau
Stir well and strain up into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with an orange twist
While working with the Milagro AÃ±ejo, the weather was quite warm which inspired this next drink. Something resembling a grown-up version of a Tiki Drink, with a bit more refined flavor, thanks to the Milagro Anejo.
2 oz Milagro AÃ±ejo Tequila
Â½ oz Pineapple
Â½ Licor 43
1 oz Agave Nectar
3 Dashes of Grapefruit Bitters
2 Dashes of Aromatic Bitters