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Diva Tequila Truffles Recipe

Tequila Test Kitchen

diva tequila truffles, recipeAfter judging some stupendous Suerte Tequila Truffles by Piece, Love & Chocolate for the 2014 Brands of Promise Awards, I decided to take truffles to the Tequila Test Kitchen.  Since the folks at Diva Tequila were kind enough to provide us with a sample for experimenting, I decided to create Diva Tequila Truffles.  Here’s how it went:

Diva Tequila Truffle Ingredients

diva1/4 Cup Butter (Don’t skimp on this, folks.  It must be real butter.)

1 Mandarin Orange

2 Tablespoons Heavy Cream

3 Tablespoons Diva Tequila

8 Ounces White Chocolate

8 Ounces Milk Chocolate (Dark Chocolate is highly recommended)

Some Assembly Required

Place the butter in a small pot and cook on high to melt.

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While the butter is melting, zest the skin of the mandarin orange into the pot with the butter.  Then slice the orange and squeeze the juice into the pot as well.

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Place your white chocolate in a bowl, preferably ceramic to hold the temperature, and microwave for about 30 seconds to start the softening.

Once the butter has melted and the contents of the pot are bubbling, add the heavy cream and scald.

2014-11-29 16.33.38Pour the hot contents of the pot over the chocolate in the ceramic bowl.  Allow this to sit for 5-10 minutes to soften the chocolate then whisk the contents so the chocolate is completely melted and all the contents are mixed thoroughly.

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Set the bowl in the refrigerator to begin the setting process.  Every 15 minutes, whisk the contents together again as they may separate as they cool.  After about an hour of cooling, this should have the consistency of fudge.  This is the truffle filling.

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Remove the filling from the refrigerator and prepare to work quickly.  Scooping one tablespoon of filling at a time, roll it into a ball and place it on a freezer-safe plate.  Do this with all the filling.  When you’ve finished, cover with plastic wrap and freeze until solid (about an hour).

 

When the filling is frozen,  place your 8 ounces of milk or dark chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 15 second intervals, stirring well each time, until it is melted.  Be sure not to microwave it too long as it will burn.

2014-11-29 19.09.10Remove the balls of filling from the freezer and, using two forks, roll each ball through the melted chocolate to cover it completely.  (This can get messy if you don’t work quickly.)  Let the excess chocolate drip off and then place on a freezer-safe plastic plate or a plate covered with wax paper.

Before the chocolate shell has set, you may choose to garnish with a sprinkle of colored salt, a twist of orange, a dusting of cocoa or confectioner’s sugar.  Once the chocolate shell has set, you might also garnish with a bit of melted white chocolate, piped through a pastry bag.

diva tequila trufflesWhen all the truffles have been coated, place the plate in the freezer again for about 10 minutes or just until the chocolate coating has set completely.

Remove your truffles from the freezer and store at room temperature in an airtight container.  Serve/eat within a few days for best flavor.

Salud!

 

 

 

Flasking.com for Great Holiday Gifts

Have you been to Flasking.com?

Flasking.com is a new website offering hundreds of unique and limited-edition flasks, handcrafted by artists nationwide—with a style to suit every taste imaginable.  Flasks are priced from $18-$28. For Limited/Signed Editions, most are between $34-$54.

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L.A. entrepreneur Brad Copeland and his Flasking Krew are thoroughly reimagining the humble flask—an everyday object that hasn’t had an upgrade since Carry Nation was smashing it with her hatchet.

Now Copeland has put the plain flask on trial (really!) and found it guilty of aggravated assault (on drinkers’ refined senses), of unlawful impersonation (of a proper libation-storage device), and of human rights violations too numerous to name.

Flasking.com Puts a New Twist on the Old Flask

DNA_005-front Flasking.com offers hundreds of gorgeous handcrafted flasks in a range of sizes, designed by artists nationwide in a boundless array of styles.

Campy? Elegant? Madcap? Even a bit… bawdy? Yes, yes, yes, and goodness gracious, yes! Flasking.com flasks aren’t just for storage or cocktail delivery, they’re portable works of art—truly a product for the ages.

DNA_013-frontFlasking.com is where the good times never stop. They’re always happy to spread some cheer on their social media (see links below) channels. Exploring Flasking.com, you’ll find a brash, fun-filled flask-centric universe to enjoy—from useful tips and recipes like their signature “Pocket Cocktails” (crafted with a flask in mind) to “Flaskified Facts”—their madcap alt-universe exploration of Flasking history through the ages!

The plain silver flask is now an object of the past: nowhere but Flasking.com can you find signed and numbered flasks handcrafted by artists nationwide.

DNA_034-frontEach one in their limited-edition line is the result of individual craftsmanship; these collectibles are therefore in extremely high demand.  They’re perfect for experienced flaskers and novices alike: anyone who wants to make a statement with a durable, beautifully designed piece of art that goes wherever they do. Break it out on Father’s Day, Fourth of July, the autumnal equinox, or anniversary of your first tipple. Or, you know, on Tequila Tuesday. (Tequila Tuesday being a very special day here at Tequila Aficionado.) Whenever the mood strikes, your flask will be there.

Brad Copeland, Founder & CEO of Flasking.com

foam“It was deceptively simple,” says the Los Angeles-based Brad Copeland. “It started with a plain flask and an unformed idea, then became something much bigger.” With Flasking.com, Copeland’s vision is nothing less than the reinvention of camaraderie itself. Partnering with a large, eclectic group of artists, writers, and other creative types, Copeland has reimagined the basic drinking flask as art object, conversation piece, and—lest we forget—still the most practical, portable conveyance for beverages of all kinds. Copeland’s keen understanding of online marketing and commerce make Flasking.com the culmination of his business experience and a reflection of his celebratory outlook on life.

Brad’s Flask: Foam Sweet Foam. In Brad’s Flask: The “Pocket Paloma”: fine reposado tequila, fresh-squeezed lime juice, and soda water.

Connect For more information:

www.flasking.com

Twitter: @flasking

www.facebook.com/flasking

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Sipping Off The Cuff: Titanium Tequila Blanco

titanium_blancoTequila Aficionado’s Alexander Perez and M.A. “Mike” Morales taste and discuss Titanium Tequila Blanco and nominate it for the 2014 Brands of Promise Awards. See why here.

Visit Titanium Tequila online here.

According to Titanium:

OUR LUXURY TEQUILA’S BEGIN WITH THE WORLD’S FINEST 100% TEQUILANA BLUE WEBER AGAVE GROWN IN THE HIGHLANDS OF JALISCO, MEXICO. EACH OF OUR AGAVE PLANTS ARE HAND SELECTED AT THE PEAK OF THEIR MATURITY FULL OF SWEETNESS AND ROBUST FLAVOR. AFTER HARVESTING THE AGAVE OUR JIMADORS CAREFULLY CUT THE AGAVE DOWN TO THE “PIÑA”, OR HEART, LEAVING ONLY THE PUREST PART OF THE AGAVE PLANT FOR OUR TEQUILA’S. OUR AGAVE IS THE HIGHEST QUALITY AGAVE FOUND IN THE WORLD CREATING A TEQUILA LIKE NO OTHER.

OUR PIÑA IS THEN SLOWLY ROASTED IN A STAINLESS STEEL AUTOCLAVE. THIS COOKING PROCESS IS IMPORTANT IN ALLOWING FOR A CONSISTENT, SWEET, AND RICH PIÑA READY FOR FERMENTING AS WELL AS ENSURING A CLEAN OUTCOME MINIMIZING ANY POSSIBLE BACTERIA BUILD UP. AFTER ROASTING THE PIÑA IS THEN SHREDDED AND JUICES EXTRACTED FOR FERMENTING.

NEXT IS THE FERMENTING WHICH IS DONE IN AN OPEN AIR ENVIRONMENT. THIS PROCESS IS UNRUSHED WITH A SPECIAL STRAND OF YEAST ADDED TO CONTROL AND CREATE A CONSISTENTLY HIGH QUALITY SPIRIT. THE RESULT IS A LUXURIOUS, ROBUST TEQUILA READY FOR DISTILLATION. THE TEQUILA IS THEN TWICE DISTILLED IN POT STILLS CREATING THE FINEST SMALL BATCH TEQUILA AVAILABLE TODAY.

Sipping Off The Cuff: Whispering Eye Reposado

whispering_eye_tequila_reposado_0772fe2ea1c8133469afb48b236f855dTequila Aficionado’s Alexander Perez and M.A. “Mike” Morales taste and discuss Whispering Eye Tequila Reposado and nominate it for the 2014 Brands of Promise Awards.

Find Whispering Eye Tequila online here.

Mexico – 100% blue agave tequila produced by gravity fed distillation and rested in white oak casks for 4 months. The palate is sweet and complex, sure to tantalize the taste buds. The finish is very smooth. Perfect for sipping or creating a class tequila cocktail. Enjoy! ~ Total Wine & More

About Whispering Eye

The blanco and reposado tequila are being marketed as an ultra-premium sipping tequila that has been harvested from blue agave plants in Arandas, Jalisco, the southwestern coastal area of Mexico.

It is being distilled and bottled by Jalisco-based Distileria Morales.

T2LJ Brands co-owners are Scott Lewis andNeal Scarborough.

Interestingly, this is Lewis’ and Scarborough’s first venture into the spirits arena.

Lewis is the president of Century 21 Pinnacle, which is one of the state’s largest real estate companies. His primary area of focus is in the oil and gas industry.

Much of Scarborough’s success has been in the marketing arena — 11 years with Shell Oil Company and the past eight years with one of the world’s largest medical device companies,Stryker Endoscopy. Scarborough also has his own sporting goods store which he operates online.

The two are joined by minority partners Lenore Kaiser, a model, and local business owner; and Scott Hammock, a country & western music artist.

Click here for more information.

Be Featured in Our Next #Tequilachat!

#TequilaChat on Tequila Tuesday

TequilaChat, #tequilachat, tequila aficionadoOn Tuesday, November 18th, we hosted our first Tequila Tuesday #TequilaChat on Twitter with Trianon Tequila.  Turnout was great and the conversation was even better!  Attendees had some great questions for Scotty Mattos and the folks at Trianon and we all learned a little more about this great “old school” tequila brand.

Trianon Tequila – The O.G. Tequila

trianon stack, TequilaChat, #tequilachat, tequila aficionado Trianon Triple, tequila aficionadoIf you missed our Sipping Off The Cuff reviews of Trianon Tequila, you can click on the links below and view them now:

Trianon BlancoTrianon ReposadoTrianon Anejo

Follow us on Twitter here – Follow Trianon on Twitter here.

Be A Featured on an upcoming chat

We’d like to host more of these Tuesday afternoon Twitter chats, so if you’d like your brand to be featured in an upcoming Twitter chat, please fill out the form below to let us know you’re interested.

If you’d like to check out our conversation with Trainon Tequila, you can read it by rewinding our Twubs feed to November 18th.