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La Pinta

La Pinta Pomegranate
Infused Tequila

 

By Robert Plotkin
http://www.tequilaspremium.com/

Evidence exists that pomegranates were cultivated in Asia, Southern Europe, Africa and North America as far back as 1000 BC. One can only presume that even the ancients found the fruit delicious, but an absolute pain to work with. Fortunately for those of us in the 21st century, all we need do to enjoy its altogether delectable flavor is to pop open a bottle of La Pinta Pomegranate Infused Tequila.

This award-winning spirit is crafted at Productos Fino de Agave—NOM 1416—in Jalisco, Mexico, which in addition to being the birthplace of tequila is also one of the country's premier growing regions for pomegranates. After the hand-picked fruit arrives at the distillery, they're washed and placed in wooden vats where their fresh juice is slowly extracted. The pomegranate juice is blended with Clase Azul Blanco Tequila in roughly equal proportions and then well aged for the infusion to become fully integrated. La Pinta is bottled at 38-proof.

Similar to how limoncello originated in Europe, the product is fashioned after a traditional, often homemade drink popular throughout Mexico and points south called ponche de granada. La Pinta has pristine clarity, a satiny lightweight body, a deep crimson color and an enticing array of fruit and agave aromas. It completely fills the mouth with glorious, true-to-fruit flavor and light agave notes before gradually subsiding into a tangy, marvelously refreshing finish.

La Pinta has virtually unlimited applications behind the bar. It makes a luscious addition to a wide range of drinks from Palomas and Margaritas to Sangrias and Mojitos. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself wondering where it’s been all of your life.

 


La Pinta Tequila Recipes

Absinthe Riddle
Cocktail glass, chilled
Pour into an iced mixing glass
1 oz. Germain Robin Absinthe
1 oz. La Pinta Pomegranate Tequila
1/2 oz. Limoncello
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
Shake and strain
Star anise garnish
Basil Pomegranate Lemon Drop
Cocktail glass, chilled
Add to an empty mixing glass
4 basil leaves
2 tsp. organic raw sugar
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
2 lemon wedges
Muddle contents and add ice
1 1/2 oz. Citron Vodka
1 oz. La Pinta Pomegranate Tequila
3/4 oz. lemon sour mix
2 splashes lemon-lime soda
Shake and strain
Lemon spiral garnish
Granada Sangria
Wine glass, ice
Pour into an iced mixing glass
1 oz. La Pinta Pomegranate Tequila
1 1/2 oz. Red Wine
1/2 oz. Peach Schnapps
1/2 oz. Vodka
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
1 oz. cranberry juice
1 oz. fresh orange juice
Shake and strain