Let's get to know the Patrón Tequila brand!
Patrón is easily one of the most consistently popular tequila brands ever. It's the star of a bunch of songs, a bunch of cocktails, and a bunch of fun!
Let's put Jose Cuervo to the side and learn about the tequila-making process, the tequilas that Patrón has to offer, the best mixers, and some delicious cocktail recipes that will leave you refreshed and wanting seconds.
The 8 Steps That Make Patron Tequila
The Patrón brand takes its tequila-making process very seriously and lets it happen through a slow, meticulous process. The Patrón brand has been kind enough to fill us in on the behind-the-scenes, so let's jump right in. Here are the eight steps that make up the tequila production of Patrón.
First, the Patrón brand commits to the quality of its tequila. They are zero additives in Patrón. Liquor brands commonly use additives to change the aroma, color, or flavor. You're probably wondering how Patrón managed to make a great tequila without additives that other brands use. I have an answer for you. They use raw, natural ingredients of the highest quality they can find. The smooth flavor comes from 100% Weber Blue agave and high sugar content. Combined, you get an ultra-premium tequila that's smooth on the finish.
Second, we have the harvesting. It takes seven years for a perfectly harvested 100% Weber Blue Agave plant with the highest sugar content to grow fully.
Third, we're on to the chopping and baking. The agave is shipped to the distillery, where it's chopped and baked for 70 hours in small brick ovens.
Fourth, the baked agave is crushed.
Fifth, it's fermentation time. During this time, the sugars turn into alcohol.
Sixth, we have the distillation. The tequila is distilled in small-batch copper pot stills. This will give the final product an overall smooth tequila flavor and finish.
Seventh, we're getting closer to the end of the process. If this were silver tequila, then we would go straight to bottling. However, if this were any other Patrón Tequila, we would move forward with blending and aging in several different oak barrels.
And finally, eighth, we have the finale. It's time to bottle and label. And then, lucky for us, it's as simple as going to the store and picking up our favorite tequila.
Patrón has built quite a collection of tequilas since its start in 1989. The best way to understand Patrón Tequila is to break it down into categories. Here's the breakdown:
Let's start with the smooth and approachable. Made in small batches, these four are more versatile than the other collections. They are delicious on their own, on the rocks, and work exceptionally well in a delicious, cold cocktail. These are the tequilas that you're probably already acquainted with.
Patron Extra Añejo
Next, we have the Gran Patrón collection. This collection is luxurious, distinct in flavor, and the definition of elegance. If you find yourself looking for something polished, balanced, and rich, try one of these three!
Gran Patrón Platinum
Gran Patrón Piedra
Gran Patrón Burdeos
More Patrón Tequilas
Apart from the others, there is a Patrón El Alto. The Patrón El Alto is a decadent blend of extra Añejo, Reposado, and Añejo. It's aged for four years, giving it a smooth and sweet profile that's the perfect balance.
Throughout the year, the Patrón brand also releases beautiful limited-edition bottles that are a collector's dream.
Need Some Mixer Inspiration?
Before we get into some delicious cocktail recipes, let's talk about some mixers that will pair well with your Patrón! Sometimes, you want something fast and refreshing without the whole cocktail hassle.
If you're thinking of mixing juice with your tequila, orange juice, pineapple juice, and any tropical juice will work great. Throw in some ice, and if you want to elevate your drink, throw in a fun cocktail umbrella. It's as easy as that.
If you lean more toward soda mixers, any soda will do. You can't go wrong if you want to stick to a classic Coca-Cola. But the soda options are endless. Try a lemon-lime soda, grapefruit soda, or even an orange soda mixer.
Other great mixers are coconut water and ginger beer!
Finally, get your Patrón and mix it with a pre-made Bloody Mary mix and make yourself a delicious Bloody Maria! You won't regret it!
Patrón Tequila Cocktail Recipes You Need To Try
Let's get our spirits inspired with these two delicious cocktail recipes!
We all know that Patron makes a mean margarita, but let's branch out and spice things up with a Mexican Martini for the tequila drinkers that still love a classic martini. This just might be your new favorite cocktail! Here's what you'll need to get started:
2 parts Patrón Reposado
1 part orange-flavored liqueur
Fresh lime juice
Fresh orange juice
Optional: Coarse salt
Optional: Lime wedge
Start by preparing your martini glass. Make sure it's chilled and ready to go. If you enjoy a salted rim, run a lime wedge across the rim of your martini glass and dip it into coarse salt.
Grab your cocktail shaker and add your Patrón Reposado, orange-flavored liqueur, a splash of fresh lime juice, a splash of fresh orange juice, a handful of ice, and as much olive brine as you wish. You can change this around to appease your taste buds. Shake thoroughly until your mixture is well-chilled.
Strain into your prepared martini glass and garnish with a few olives. Serve and enjoy!
Since we seem to be on a trend of substituting tequila in classic vodka cocktails, let's shake up the classic Moscow Mule recipe and turn it into a Mexican Mule. For this refreshing cocktail, you'll need the following:
2 parts Patrón Tequila
4 parts ginger beer
Fresh lime juice
You can use any Patrón that you like. For this recipe, most people stick with a reposado or blanco tequila.
Even though this isn't your classic mule, we're still using our copper mugs! Start by prepping your copper mug. Run a lime wedge across the rim of your mug and dip it into tajín. This will elevate your cocktail! If you have chamoy on hand, dip in the rim in chamoy, then tajín.
In your cocktail shaker, add Patrón Tequila, ginger beer, a splash of fresh lime juice, and a handful of ice. Shake thoroughly until well-chilled. Strain into your copper mug with fresh ice. Garnish with lime and jalapeño slices. Serve and enjoy!