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Blue cocktails are enjoyable — aren’t they? Years in the past, a wholesome shot of blue curacao was the one method to flip your drink the shade of the ocean, however lately launched merchandise like Empress 1908 Gin have offered extra hacks for the mixologist’s toolbox – a trick achieved by infusing the spirit with brilliant blue (however tasteless) pea flowers.
Now a tequila’s getting in on the blueness, with Butterfly Cannon Blue Tequila billing itself because the world’s first “coloration altering tequila.” (That declare is made as a result of the blue tequila turns pink when an acidic mixer like lime juice is added.) It’s not simply blanco tequila in a shade of blue, although. It’s additionally infused with prickly pear and clementine orange, along with the now important butterfly pea flower. (The title of the model is a nod to its conservation efforts, because it makes donations to the Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund.)
The excellent news is that whereas the spirit might seem like mouthwash, it doesn’t style it. That stated, it doesn’t style like tequila, both. The nostril is heavy with candied orange plus notes of vanilla and milk chocolate, amplifying the impression of sweetness. The palate takes that concept and runs with it: Very candy, with notes of overripe mandarins, orange jelly candies, and a slug of vanilla, that is nearer to that saccharine blue curacao in taste than any tequila you’ve ever had. I struggled to seek out something resembling agave within the combine and largely failed, although the end a minimum of nods at a slight earthiness — although that feels prefer it might be pushed by any type of primary alcohol.
All informed, Butterfly Cannon comes throughout as 90% occasion trick, 10% one thing you would possibly truly use in a cocktail. Which can undoubtedly be one thing you name a watch-the-margarita-turn-from-blue-to-pink. After which it’ll return on the shelf. Wheeeee!
80 proof. NOM 1438.