It’s getting harder and harder to stand out these days, but PaQuí Tequila is up to the task. The brand’s master distiller invented a new process just for the occasion, with the goal of delivering zero burn, nuanced flavour, and a soft finish. As our very taste buds can attest (on the silver statement, at least): mission accomplished.
Handcrafted in a small distillery using traditional pot stills, PaQuí Tequila expresses the most rewarding elements of the 600+ aromas and flavours found in the fruit of the blue agave plant. Every aspect of production is engineered with maximum palatability in mind. That starts with the selection of 100 per cent Blue Weber agave plants with high sugar levels of 25-26 brix, so as to cultivate a natural sweetness.
After harvesting, each agave is steamed in a stainless steel autoclave to release flavours and aromas. Next, they’re fermented for five days in stainless steel with fresh wine (not airborne) yeast for consistency. A selective distillation process removes any semblance of burn while bringing out the qualities one might look for in a sippable tequila.
Representing its youngest statement, PaQuí Silvera Tequila is smooth and flavourful enough to enjoy on its own. It opens with a floral, lemony, and slightly grassy nose and truly goes down with no burn. The mouthfeel is incredibly inviting and so too is the honeyed agave sweetness. And whereas some tequilas overload the palate with citrus peel, this one exhibits only the faintest trace of lemon or lime. It all closes out with a soft finish, leaving warm remnants in its wake.
PaQuí is Aztec for “to be happy” and this spirit abides. Speaking of happiness, this year’s National Margarita Day lands on 22 February. While the brand’s Silvera Tequila is indeed sippable neat, you’re also welcome to mix it for a tasty cocktail. Create a unique Margarita of your own and post it to Instagram— tagging @PaquiTequila and using #MargaritaMonday—and you could win a pair of special drinking glasses. The brand is also offering US$5 off each bottle of PaQuí Silvera when you buy it through their online store and use the code Margarita Monday.
To further celebrate National Margarita Day, PaQuí asked three all-star bartenders to create unique, but easy-to-make recipes. We thus present three delicious ways to enjoy PaQuí Silvera Tequila at home for this occasion or for any occasion. Seriously, who needs an excuse to drink Margaritas?
Margarita du Soleil
created by Maxime Rousselot, of Café du Soleil in New York City
- 2 ounces PaQuí Silvera Tequila
- 1 ½ ounces fresh lime juice
- 1 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
Combine all ingredients in shaker with ice and strain over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wedge or wheel.
Miami Sage Margarita
created by Niko Mantzaridis of Le Chick in Miami
- 1 ½ ounces PaQuí Silvera Tequila
- 1 ½ ounces pineapple juice
- ½ ounce fresh lime juice
- ½ ounce sage-infused agave syrup*
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a lime wedge, lime wheel or fresh sage leaf.
* To make sage-infused agave syrup: add 3 fresh sage leaves to ¼ cup of hot water. Add ½ cup agave nectar and let steep for two hours. Remove sage leaves and refrigerate. Makes ¾ cup sage-infused agave syrup.
created by Amanda Sasser of All’Acqua in Los Angeles
- 2 ounces PaQuí Silvera Tequila
- 1 ounce chamomile-infused agave syrup **
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1 bar spoon elderflower liqueur
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a fresh thyme sprig,
** To make chamomile-infused agave syrup: steep two chamomile tea bags in 2 ounces of water and let sit covered overnight. Remove tea bags, heat tea for 30 seconds in microwave and stir in 1½ ounce of blue agave syrup. Refrigerate.