Añejo tequila, which is aged for at least a year in oak barrels, isn’t always thought of as a cocktail ingredient. Añejos are held in that rarified air of spirits that are meant to be sipped neat. But there is no reason to box them in. Good añejos are complex, impressive pieces of work that can take the place of whiskey in a number of classics or shine in their own unique applications. So uncork that bottle, get out the mixing glass and get to work on one of these añejo tequila cocktails.
Best Añejo Tequila Cocktails
Trading the traditional rye for añejo tequila in a classic Manhattan subtly transforms the cocktail, adding the vegetal taste of agave without straying too far from the drink’s sweet yet strong flavors we’ve all come to know and love.
This boldly hued drink from Josh Goldman of Belcampo in Santa Monica, California is Margarita-esque, but loaded with rich, earthy flavors from both the beets and the añejo tequila. If you are the sort of person who loads up on green juice in the morning, this beety drink should be what you load up on the evening.
Beet & citrus agave
Lemon & Lime
The Piña Colada gets a creative spin from New Orleans stars Phil Khanderish and Reza Esmali. The heaviness of the coconut cream is cut way back in favor of passion fruit puree, and the addition of Chinese five spice compliments the tequila wonderfully.
Fresh Pineapple Juice
Break out the slow cooker for this big batch version of boozy hot chocolate. A whole bottle of añejo tequila along with a cup of green Chartreuse give this winter warmer a serious kick—the two spirits also provide a plethora of earthy, herbal flavors. Try to use Mexican chocolate, flecked with spices like cinnamon or, if that’s not available, a dark chocolate between 55 and 70 percent cacao.