At long last we welcome the arrival of Ancho Reyes Verde Liqueur. From the same people who brought us the beloved spicy, warm, rich, and sweet Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur, its new sibling shares the same DNA, but very much has a personality of its own. The Verde is still poblano chile based, but is fresh, bright and herbal.
Ancho Reyes gets this flavor variation between the two liqueurs by tweaking the production process just so.
The Original is made from late-harvested poblano chiles that are sun dried creating ancho chiles. Those anchos are macerated by hand and then filtered with a mesh press to achieve a richer, sweeter flavor.
The Verde is made from younger poblano chiles, picked a touch earlier in the maturation process and then are fire-roasted. They mash the peppers and then use a double filtration process - mesh and paper - to get the distillate to its final, cleaner, lighter, brighter flavor.
The Verde has crisp, vegetal notes followed by a touch of spice with hints of ginger, pineapple, and green tea. NB: The bottle is green, but the spirit itself is a light amber color, so alas, this won't be the St. Patrick's Day additive you've always hoped for.
Where the original makes a great glass-mate for any barrel aged spirit, the Verde plays so well with anything clear - think gin, rum, and of course, tequila.
Daiquiri - 2 oz white rum, ¾ oz Ancho Verde, ¾ oz Lime juice. Shake with ice, strain into a cocktail glass.
Margarita - 2 oz blanco tequila, ¾ oz Ancho Verde, ¾ oz Lime juice. Shake with ice, strain into a cocktail glass.
Gin Sour - 2 oz gin, ¾ oz Ancho Verde, ¾ oz Lemon Juice. Shake with ice, strain into a cocktail glass.