We’re all loving the new Tanteo jalapeno-infused and cocoa-infused tequilas that we just picked up.
I was very hesitant to even try these tequilas – I had spirits infused with Scotch Bonnet peppers at The Gallows once (can’t remember if it was gin or tequila) and the first three sips were so delightful and then I felt like my face was burning off like that scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark. TJ took that drink from me and finished it with no issues, so you can imagine my trepidation when he told me that the jalapeno-infused tequila wasn’t too spicy!
I’m pretty obsessed with this picture of the hand-sliced, organic jalapeno peppers sitting in a bath of Blanco tequila – all of which happens within 24 hours of picking the jalapeños.
Needless to say, it’s the perfect level of spiciness, and the cocoa, which I was sure would taste sweet and artificial, actually tastes very balanced. I thought it would taste chocolate-y and had visions of the new Smirnoff products, but the tequila is not really sweet at all, but instead has almost more a cocoa bean element to it. It’s hard to describe, but the taste is actually pretty incredible.
Here is a great picture of the cocoa beans they start with to make the cocoa-infused tequila.
These tequilas are great on their own, but they also make excellent cocktails. Boston cocktail legend Alexei Beratis paired the jalapeño-infused Tanteo with fresh lime juice and the new Cranberry syrup from Fruitations that we are also carrying, and came up with a perfect Spicy Cranberry Margarita for the holidays.
We put everything you need from our end (just add fresh lime juice and simple syrup!) into this great gift basket that also features a Tanteo lime squeezer and a handy recipe card. It retails for $55 and is available at both UGs. This is a great hostess gift when you’re heading to a party and want to spice things up!