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May 30, 2012 09:04 PM

Getting rid of disappointing tequila?

100 Anos blanco - it wasn't super cheap in my state-controlled store, but I tried it in a margarita and couldn't choke it down - the taste is way too round, very little agave notes, not good. Any punches or similar mixings where drowning out a tequila taste wouldn't be a bad thing?

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  1. I always thought margaritas WERE the way to drown out bad tequila :p

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    1. re: twyst

      Actually, Margaritas were invented to keep gringos quiet.

    2. Tequila sunrise? Paloma? Anything that has a lot of mixer in proportion to amount of tequila.

      1. Second the tall-drink idea. Would it be possible to boost the agave flavor with agave syrup?

        Barring that, have a party. Or if you're drinking a lot one night, use it in your third or fourth drink when you won't really be able to tell anyway.

        1. Crème de cassis does a great job of masking the tequila in the El Diablo. As does the ginger beer depending on how flavorful.

          1 1/2 oz Tequila
          3/4 oz Crème de Cassis
          3/4 oz Lime Juice
          Ginger Beer
          Shake all but ginger beer with ice and strain into a Collins glass filled with ice cubes. Top with ginger beer (2-3 oz or so), garnish with a lime wheel, and add straw.

          1. So it's not that it tastes of something bad, but rather that it doesn't taste much of tequila? I find that cachaca has a similar flavor profile to blanco tequila, even though they are made from completely different base ingredients. Perhaps mix 50/50 with cachaca and add lime, sugar, and mint? Call it a MojiDaiquiCaipiri?

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            1. re: EvergreenDan

              I tried this (sort of)
              3/4 oz cachaca
              3/4 oz reposado tequila (no blanco on hand)
              3/4 oz JWray overproof white rum
              3/4 oz lime
              1/2 oz rich simple (shy)
              2 muddled blackberries
              lots of muddled mint.

              Very nice, although I think the blackberries, as delicious as they were, distracted from the interplay of the three spirits.