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If you’ve been following along on Kitchen Konfidence for the past couple of months, I’m sure you noticed that I’ve been sharing a number of cocktail recipes all made with Olmeca Altos Tequila. Well they recently launched Altos Añejo, a gold tequila aged for 18 months in oak barrels. Rich and smooth, Altos Añejo has flavor notes of wood, vanilla and chocolate along with dried fruit and almond aromatics. This tequila has so much character, it can easily be enjoyed as is on the rocks. Here, I’ve paired the Añejo with a number of orangey things, including fresh orange juice, Aperol, orange liqueur and orange bitters. Continue reading for the cocktail recipe.
No matter what type of tequila you are drinking, orange is always a good pairing. In this Orange Crush cocktail recipe, I’ve blended 4 orange-flavored ingredients to create a massive punch of orange. Orange liqueur and Aperol add concentrated depth of flavor while orange bitters help to balance some of the sweetness. Freshly squeezed orange juice is the non-alcoholic flavor base, and a big hit of fresh lime juice plants this cocktail firmly in the bitter camp. Each sip of this vibrant cocktail is like a bite into a supple sour orange. After the citrus subsides, the complexity of the tequila comes through, making for one damn tasty beverage. And I’ll have to say that the color here just makes me smile :)!
Orange Crush Cocktail Recipe
- 1 ounce Olmeca Altos Añejo Tequila
- 1 ounce Aperol
- 1/2 ounce orange liqueur
- 1/2 ounce fresh orange juice
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- 2 dashes orange bitters
- Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Cap and shake until well-chilled. Strain into a short tumbler filled with ice. I think the color alone here makes this cocktail gorgeous, but if you feel the need to garnish, you can add an orange wedge or strip of orange zest.
Check out some other cocktail recipes made with Olmeca Altos Tequila on Kitchen Konfidence: