Often in reviews of spirits I try and create an original cocktail or three that utilize that particular spirit as a base.
With a tequila such as Cazadores Anejo, it was easy to come up with a few cocktails that worked using it as its base.
Cazadores Anejo is one of those spirits that you find yourself having trouble putting down while making tasting notes. From that first sip, you’re hit with flavors of cocoa, espresso, as well as vanilla bean and orange zest. With the flavors of vanilla bean and orange zest doing a waltz upon your taste buds, you’re then hit with something close to a flavor of orange creamsicle.
Based on the flavors that I observed upon sampling the spirit neat:
Final Score: 9/10
Now for a cocktail with the Cazadores Anejo.
This recipe was inspired by a drink served up by the phenomenal crew at PDT. They currently have a drink known as the Paddington that incorporates orange marmalade, rum, lillet blanc, grapefruit juice, and absinthe.
Thinking about the orange creamsicle notes that I came across in the Cazadores Anejo inspired me to create the “Laren’s Marmalade Surprise”. With the creation in hand being named after a close friend this drink hits just the right balance between both spicy and sweet, much as comes out in this individuals personality on a daily basis. Neither the drink nor the person ever comes off too sweet or too spicy.
“Laren’s Marmalade Surprise”
1 1//2 oz Cazadores Anejo
Bar Spoon of Orange Marmalade
Â¼ oz Lime Juice
Â½ oz Vanilla syrup
2 Dashes Mole Bitters
Laren's Marmalade Surprise. A Combination of Cazadores Anejo, Orange Marmalade, Vanilla Syrup, Jalepeno and Mole Bitters
To follow up this first recipe, I decided to see what else I could come up with using the Cazadores Anejo as a base.
Taking inspiration from the classic Manhattan, here’s the 54th and 5th Cocktail:
1 Â½ oz Cazadores Anejo
Â½ oz Benedictine
Â½ oz Carpano
Â¼ oz blood orange juice
2 dash mole bitter
The 54th and 5th. A combination of Cazadores Anejo, Benedictine, Carpano Antica, Blood Orange and Mole Bitters.