7 Products We Really Want After the Arizona Cocktail Week Artisanal Spirit and Cocktail Market
Suerte Tequila will launch in Arizona next week.
This year's Arizona Cocktail Week Artisanal Spirit and Cocktail Market was a rowdy daytime affair (we blame the free Smirnoff Ice vending machine), but still offered cocktail enthusiasts plenty to see and taste. The vendors ranged from craft distillers to local artisans showcasing everything you could need to make great drinks at home or at a bar.
Not all of the products are available yet or at retail liquor stores, but most can be found at specialty shops such as Tops Liquor in Tempe. If you spot one of the spirits at a local bar, you can also ask if they have a liquor license that allows them to sell bottles to retail customers. Some do.
The company: Suerte Tequila The product: Suerte Tequila Blanco Where to find it: Launches in Arizona next week through Young's Market Company
This relatively new tequila brand is just getting ready to enter the Arizona market -- and we're a little excited about that fact. Suerte, which means "luck" in Spanish, is all about making tequila the old fashioned way, which means slow-roasting their agave in a brick oven at a low temperature and crushing them in an authentic tohona. The blanco was our favorite of the bunch; after resting in stainless steel for at least two months prior to bottling, this tequila is remarkably smooth, but still presents lovely citrus and floral notes.
Spirits from The 86 Co.
The company: The 86 Co. The product: Ford's Gin Where to find it: Select liquor stores
If you're in the industry or a cocktail enthusiast, then you're probably already familiar with The 86 Co. The company, co-founded by Simon Ford, works with top distilleries around the world to create spirits based on what bartenders wanted to see on the market. In the case of Ford's Gin that means a versatile and extremely well-balanced gin. Though it's distilled in London, this is no typical London gin. It's more aromatic with notes of citrus in addition to prominent juniper. Flavor-wise, you certainly get juniper up front, but it's also softened with jasmine and three types of citrus (lemon, orange, and grapefruit). It's interesting enough to drink on the rocks, but balanced enough to mix in drinks.
Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur
The company: Ancho Reyes The product: Ancho Reyes Ancho Chile Liqueur Where to find it: Distributed by Young's Market (not available retail)
Spicy cocktails are kind of in right now, and if you're looking for a way to add a little heat to your cocktail, look no further than a bottle of Ancho Reyes Ancho Chile Liqueur. Inspired by a recipe that dates back to 1920s Mexico, this liqueur provides a deep flavor that combines heat from dried chiles and hints of chocolate and cinnamon. The cinnamon makes this a suitable upgrade from other cinnamon-flavored spirits (like Fireball), but it can also be enjoyed simply on the rocks.Next Page
Get the Food & Drink Newsletter
Our weekly guide to Phoenix dining includes food news and reviews, as well as dining events and interviews with chefs and restaurant owners.