Originally posted on April 11, 2013 at www.LisaPietsch.com
The maple trees of the north and the agave from the south have French kissed while dancing the Salsa.
When it comes to all things Canadian, I don’t mess around. I sing the Canadian national Anthem – IN FRENCH.
Je suis Quebecois!
My ancestor Francois Louis Thibault arrived in Canada from Ile de Re, France, in 1667 as an indentured servant. My family stayed in Quebec until 1913 when my grandfather was born in a Massachusetts mill town. My grandfather later moved to Maine to start his own family while his parents and siblings returned to Canada. I still have family there so Canada holds a very special place in my heart.
When I received this bottle of De La Tierre Maple Cinnamon Liqueur (what you have to call tequila after you’ve added real Canadian maple syrup to it), I busted out my colors with a 2002 Winter Olympics Canadian Hockey team shirt signed by The Great One himself, Mr. Wayne Gretzky.
Canada, hockey, maple…tequila? Believe it or not, it works.
I expected more maple when I took my first taste. The flavor on my tongue was pleasant with just a touch of maple but my first thought was orange. I probably just automatically went with orange because of the citrus in the tequila but, as I sip this, I think it would be an amazing aperitif with a Crepe Suzette. In fact, you could hold the brandy and make Crepes Suzette with this and it would be a stunning finish to a gourmet meal.
As the glass sits out a bit, I find a sweet maple scent becoming more clear. I’m reminded of my childhood when my father, who was always a fan of a snack, would make crepes on cold Maine winter nights. He’d make a big stack of them and then roll each individually with a filling of maple syrup and sugar. They were heaven. I’m transported to that old farmhouse kitchen where I’d watch him work so carefully on them.
My dad has since developed diabetes and I’m off sugar, so a grownup drink like this makes a lovely late night snack. You could have it on the rocks, I tried it and could hear the smacking of hockey sticks. This is one tequila that has been made uniquely Canadian. Drink it straight up, by a fire, on a snowy evening or drop a shot in a good cup of coffee on a rainy afternoon. This is soul food.
I think I may make some crepes some night soon, with an orange and maple cream filling and a splash of this De la Tierre Maple Cinnamon Liqueur on top.
I think even dad will like them.