…it is usually tequila. Maybe it’s the burning sensation that I like when it goes down, I’m not quite sure, but every so often I crave something other than wine. I like it neat: not in a margarita, not in juice, not even with salt or a lime…plain and simple.
I don’t know much about liquor, so I’m fine with just trying whatever is cheapest or looks interesting at the time. At some point, Patrón Silver Tequila was on sale, which is what persuaded me to buy it. I can’t smell or taste liquor the same way that I can wine, but I was able to taste a hint agave and pepper. Tequila is made from the agave plant, which has a similar taste to honey, but is much more mild. Combined with the pepper at the end of the taste, that hint of sweetness was barely apparent. It felt tingly going down from the pepper, which is just what I like, and the agave came out in the aftertaste. Overall, I can say that I enjoyed Patron Silver and would recommend it!
For dinner, I was making Skillet Chicken in Tomato-Chipotle Sauce with Avocado Cream by Skinnytaste. One of the key ingredients in the dish is chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. It comes in a small can and tastes like a smoky, spicy, chili powder tomato sauce. Both the sauce and the peppers have a kick, but the sauce is far milder than the pepper itself. I’m a girl who loves spice so I knew this dish would be a winner.
And it was! The avocado cream sauce balanced the spicy chicken in perfect harmony. There was definitely still a kick, but it wasn’t to the point where you could no longer taste the food. The chicken was cooked perfectly, juicy to the point of falling apart with just the fork. I put it on top of some cauliflower rice with lime and cilantro. The “rice” soaked up the sauce, which made the whole dish amazingly flavorful! I would easily make this dish again and again!
Maybe it’s me, but pairing liquor with food is extremely difficult. I still haven’t figured out how to do it, so I usually resort to drinking liquor either right before or after dinner. I did not like the tequila with the meal at all. Perhaps the kick of the dish and the kick of the drink canceled each other out, but I couldn’t taste anything when I had them together. Immediately after figuring this out, I finished the shot of Patron, ate my dinner, and had an after dinner shot as well. I may not like the two together, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy them separately! 1 grape.
Liquor: Patrón Silver Tequila (ABC Store, $25ish)