When I set about creating a party pairing platter for Suavecito Tequila, I wanted to keep it simple so anyone could do it quickly and easily.
Although I have an advantage in San Antonio where I can easily get Mexican foods and spices at the corner market, I wanted to create this pairing with items that could be easily purchased anywhere in the United States.
This way, everyone can enjoy a Suavecito pairing party with very little effort.
The first thing I did was identify the predominant flavors in the three Suavecito Tequila expressions:
Suavecito Tequila Blanco
The blanco has strong citrus notes that I felt could be brought out even more with oranges.
Suavecito Tequila Reposado
The reposado has light caramel and spice notes that brought to mind flan and gingersnaps.
Suavecito Tequila Anejo
The anejo is richer and can stand up to milk and dark chocolate as well as coffee.
Then I did the shopping:
Mandarin Oranges (Easy to peel means the host doesn’t lose their mind with imperfect pieces)
Gingersnaps (A staple in any grocery store’s cookie aisle)
Dove Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Caramel (Rich and individually wrapped for your guests’ convenience)
Ferrero Rocher Collection with dark, milk and white chocolate (Available everywhere)
Reina Caramel Flan (Available in individual serving sizes in the refrigerated foods section with the Jello, yogurt, and pudding cups)
All totaled, these items cost less than $20 at my local grocery store.
The hardest part was determining the presentation.
I finally settled on a 3-tier platter.
This provides a dramatic presentation while still allowing several guests to reach in at the same time while avoiding collisions.
On the bottom level:
Gingersnaps and freshly-peeled mandarin orange pieces. Placing them both together provided complementary color and flavors.
Without a lip on the edge of the platter, the Ferrero Rocher pieces made an excellent outside border and I filled in with the Dove pieces.
I placed the caramel flan here for easy serving and an attractive topper.
This can also be presented on a large tray with a selection of custard cups or monkey dishes to hold each selection and each flan. A sectioned platter would also do well.
However you serve this pairing platter at your Suavecito tequila tasting party, I highly recommend offering a quality black coffee or espresso such as Café Bustelo as a palate cleanser so your guests can enjoy each expression and pairing on its own merits.
When you host your Suavecito tequila pairing party, be sure to post a picture on Instagram and tag @tequilaaficionado. We’d love to share it!
This post was sponsored by Suavecito Tequila and created by Lisa Pietsch for Tequila Aficionado Media.
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