Casa Azul, Mexico’s Finest Hand-Crafted Tequilas has created the delightful La Pinta Pomegranate Tequila Liqueur, a refreshing blend of Clase Azul Plata, made with organic agave in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, and the sweet and tangy flavors of exotic pomegranate fruit. The result? A refreshing and delicious drink. This combination of ingredients gives it a sweet flavor and a unique aroma and body.
La Pinta Pomegranate Tequila Liqueur is a refreshing blend of Clase Azul Plata and exotic pomegranate flavors. La Pinta was inspired by a local drink created in the town of Tapalpa in the highlands of Jalisco. Mixologists and cocktail connoisseurs alike have fallen in love with La Pinta and its stunning taste profile. At 38 proof, the deep red beverage is sweet and tart and can be served on the rocks or used as a base in mixed drinks. The striking white bottle is sprinkled with a gorgeous design of pomegranate seeds.
La Pinta was inspired by a local drink created in the town of Tapalpa in the highlands of Jalisco. Mixologists and cocktail connoisseurs alike have fallen in love with La Pinta and its stunning taste profile. At 38 proof, the deep red beverage is sweet and tart and can be served on the rocks or used as a base in mixed drinks. The striking white bottle is sprinkled with a gorgeous design of pomegranate seeds.
Great recipes to enjoy:
2 oz La Pinta
½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
½ oz Agave Nectar – to taste
Serve on the rocks with an orange or lime garnish.
La Pinta Royale
2 oz La Pinta
2 oz Prosecco
Optional: Splash Orange Liqueur
Chill and strain La Pinta into a flute with chilled Prosecco; add a splash of orange liqueur and garnish with an orange twist.
Pan American Cooler
1 oz La Pinta Pomegranate Tequila
1 oz Campo de Encanto Pisco
The Juice of 1 Lemon
4 oz. Sprite
Pour all ingredients into a highball glass on ice, stir and garnish with a lime wedge.
The secret and technique behind Mexico’s Finest Hand-Crafted Tequilas, Clase Azul
You most likely have seen it in upscale resorts, bars and restaurants around the world, or read about it in luxury lifestyle magazines: the gorgeous, shapely-silhouetted bottle of tequila, hand-crafted in Mexico with stunning artwork on the bottle.
Each bottle of Clase Azul is a work of art. Made with organic agave in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, Clase Azul Tequila is crafted with care. Master distiller, Arturo Lomeli, blends time-honored tradition with innovation to produce superior tequila. He waits more than nine years to harvest his agave at its peak of maturation when the heart of the agave is rich with flavor. Lomeli then slow-cooks the agave with steam and in brick ovens so it’s juices become rich and complex. Next, a proprietary yeast strain is used for fermentation, adding a unique complexity to the tequila. Clase Azul Tequila is distilled in copper pot stills and filtered three times for smoothness
The line includes three extraordinary tequilas, Clase Azul Plata, Clase Azul Reposado, and the Limited-Production Clase Azul Ultra, as well as the uniquely delicious La Pinta Pomegranate Tequila Liqueur:
Clase Azul Plata is made with naturally filtered water that is purified in a five-step process. This blanco tequila is crisp and clear with a smooth finish. It is perfect chilled, in a shot glass and as a base in premium cocktails. Its sleek bottle design is made of glass shaped like the iconic Clase Azul decanter featuring the line’s signature silver agave plant. Clase Azul Plata is the recipient of the Gold Medal as well as the “Best of Category” award from the Polished Palate Spirits of Mexico Tasting Competition (2008).
Clase Azul Reposado is aged in oak barrels for at least eight months, giving the tequila an intense gold color. This reposado tequila has a taste that is smooth and clean with hints of vanilla. It is the ideal sipping tequila. The brilliant white ceramic decanter is individually hand painted by local artists in a remote community rich in history and culture. In its final stage of creation the bottle is emblazoned with the gorgeous, silver agave. Each bottle takes up to 11 days to create before it is sealed with a cork closure and topped with a heavy silver cap. Clase Azul Reposado is the recipient of the Gold Medal from the Beverage Testing Institute (92 points, 2004), the Gold Medal from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (2006), and the Gold Medal from the San Diego Spirits of Mexico Competition (Blind Tasting, 2009).
Clase Azul Ultra is a limited-production, ultra-aged tequila and the crown jewel of the Clase Azul Tequila line. This highly revered extra-añejo is made in small batches of 100 numbered bottles that retail for $2000 each. Clase Azul Ultra offers a sublime tequila experience. Aged for five years in sherry wood casks from Spain, it is smooth with a lush taste full of agave character. This deep amber tequila has a complex aroma with notes of brown spice. Each decanter takes up to 40 days to create. Ultra’s black decanter is made of high quality ceramic with hand painted liquid platinum and 24k gold label design. Each bottle is presented in a luxurious, custom made display case. It is the recipient of numerous awards, including Robb Report’s Best of the Best Award (2008).
Clase Azul Tequilas are currently available in 24 states throughout the US and can be found in the finest restaurants, bars and hotels throughout Mexico, so their arrival in New York has been much anticipated. For the introduction, Tequilas Premium will work with the distributor Southern Wine & Spirits of New York. “We are excited to be a part of this introduction,” says John Hanson, President of Tequilas Premium. “New Yorkers are known for their sophisticated tastes, and we know that Clase Azul Tequilas will be the toast of the town.”
“Our products are true works of art,” adds Lomeli, master distiller and owner of Casa Tradición.
Since 1997, the company has employed local artists, distillers and craftspeople from Santa Maria Canchesda, a small town in the state of Mexico. “Our tequila is the pride of our company and community. Now it is time to share our treasure with the world, and I am so pleased to introduce Clase Azul to our friends in New York. Salúd!”
About Casa Tradición:
Launched in 1997, Casa Tradición is a Mexico-based company that produces the finest hand-crafted tequilas in the highlands region of Jalisco, Mexico. Using only organic agave, Casa Tradición blends time-honored traditions with innovation to make such superior products as La Pinta Pomegranate Tequila Liqueur, Clase Azul Plata, Clase Azul Reposado, and Clase Azul Ultra.
About Tequilas Premium:
Tequilas Premium is the exclusive importer of Clase Azul Tequila and La Pinta in the United States. Located in San Francisco, CA, Tequilas Premium was founded by John Hanson, a 25-year food and beverage veteran. For more information, visit www.TequilasPremium.com
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Written by Jane Emery