Welcome back to star bartender David Rios’ place for part three of our Tequila Workshop!
In the previous video we got some background knowledge on the making of Padre Tequila, notably the Terroir (the place of origin, remember?) and the raw material used for this unique spirit.
Today we will learn more about two processes that lend our Tequila its unmistakable character: the cooking and the fermentation. And for those who have ever wondered what the metal skull cap is about: you’ll find out today! On top of that, you will get two more fabulous cocktail recipes. So take out your Padre Tequila and let’s get going!
Part 3: More about cooking, fermentation and celebrating life and friendship
It’s getting hot: the cooking
The cooking of the Padre Tequila is done in traditional Mexican ovens made of masonry – “mampostería”. First, the agave is cooked by steaming at a relatively low temperature for 24 hours. Then we make use of the residual heat and add 24 hours more. This gentle process gives the tequila a much higher concentration of flavor and aroma. Good things come to those who wait!
The next step: the fermentation
The fermentation is possibly the heart of our distillery. Why? Because Padre Azul Super Premium Tequila does not add any kind of artificial yeast to the juice whatsoever. Only natural yeast. For this reason, the whole process depends on the climatic conditions during fermentation: it can take between 72 and 96 hours until the natural fermentation is completed. During this process, the natural yeast transforms sugar into alcohol and bacteria produce acids. The result is a product with approximately 6 % alcohol. What happens after that? You will find out in the next video!
Handcrafted and symbolic: the skull
The 270-gram solid cast metal skull cap is not just a decorative item. The handcrafted skull represents the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) – probably the most important day of the year for the Mexican people and a colorful celebration of eternal friendship.
And now let’s celebrate life and friendship with two delicious cocktails!
Today, star bartender David Rios will show us how to craft two amazing cocktails with the smooth Padre Azul Reposado : Tommy’s Margarita from Julio Vermejo and Amarga y Dulce Palomita, a twist on the famous Mexican cocktail “La Paloma”.
To be classified as “Reposado”, a tequila has to mature for at least 2 months. Our Padre Azul Reposado matures a full 8 months in hand-selected bourbon oak barrels. Perhaps that’s the reason for its particular complexity and unforgettable vanilla notes?
60ml Padre Azul Reposado
30ml Lime juice
15ml Agave syrup
Glass: Old fashioned
Garnish: Lime, lemon twist and green lemon fragrance “My Memories DR”
- Pour the Padre Azul Reposado, the lime juice and the agave syrup into the shaker and add some ice cubes.
- Put on your favorite salsa tunes and shake it!
- Pour everything into the Old Fashioned glass filled with a large ice cube.
- Decorate your drink with a slice of lime or lemon.
- Take a piece of lemon peel, tweeze it and run it over the rim of the glass. Add a bit of Green Lemon fragrance from My Memories DR.
Amarga y Dulce Palomita
50ml Padre Azul Reposado
20ml Martini bitter or Campari
15ml Red grapefruit juice
15ml Clear agave syrup
2 – 4 Fresh mint leaves or alternatively basil leaves
approx. 100ml Grapefruit and Rosemary Soda (London Essence)
Glass: Riedel / Highball wine glass
Garnish: Mint or basil leaves, pink grapefruit twist and Mediterranean Mandarin fragrance “My Memories DR”
- Pour the Padre Azul Reposado, the Martini bitter/Campari, the red grapefruit juice, the agave syrup and the fresh mint leaves/basil leaves into the shaker and shake to your favorite tune.
- Prepare the highball wine glass with an ice cube and pour everything through a sieve into the glass – look at this color!
- Top off with some refreshing grapefruit and rosemary soda.
- Stir it a little, but not too much. Watch how the pro does it!
- Decorate with a pink grapefruit twist and some fresh mint or basil leaves and round it off with a spritz of Mediterranean Mandarin fragrance from My Memories DR.