Leyenda del Milagro Tequila
It took me a long time to get tequila. This was a hole in my life, because I’m a lime and *arroz con pollo* and *frijoles negro* kinda guy. I consumed major amount of rum to keep me in the Caribbean mood, but I couldn’t have an authentic *fiesta* during *Cinco de Mayo* without tequila.
I started to get a taste for tequila when I learned to make a proper [Margarita]. But the big key is learning to enjoy tequila was to stop spending $10 on bottle of **José Cuervo**. I’ve got nothing against **Cuervo**, and it may make fine tequila in its reserved line, but the cheap stuff is just that. When I started spending money on decent tequila, I was rewarded.
I always try to keep a silver and *añjeo* tequila on my shelf. The silver is great in Margaritas and the *añjeo* is great for just about anything else. I can almost sip an *añjeo*, but a bit of lime juice and a quick shake in some ice makes it *perfecto*.
Currently, the silver tequila on my shelf is [**Leyenda del Milagro** tequila][milagro]. Like any reputable tequila, it’s from Mexico and made from 100% blue agave. It’s 80-proof and cork-topped, which, for purely ascetic reasons, I enjoy. It has that salty, acrid smell that turns some folks off, but begins to make any tequila-lover salivate. On it’s own, it doesn’t have much of a flavor, but mildness is actually the purchasing point for a silver tequila. If this tequila were to age longer in a barrel, it would take on the flavors of the esters in the wood, but as a young silver, it’s meant to make your cocktail taste like it is made with a good tequila. The **Milagro** silver tequila does this well. There is no harsh acetate-flavor or off-tastes, and it’s smooth–many silvers are not. I’m looking forward to trying their aged tequilas when I can.
**Note**: Header image artwork from the [**Milagro Tequila**][mt] website.