One of the best ways to enjoy all the flavors of Añejo Tequila is drinking it on the rocks. It is the best way to appreciate and realize all the flavors this dark tequila has to offer. You will really love the smooth caramel and vanilla finish mixed with the salty citrus characters of tequila.
Just add a squeeze of lime and a drop of agave (optional) and you have a delicious tequila rocks drink to sip on.
“On The Rocks”
On the rocks means that your liquor is served straight up over ice, no mixers.
Since there are no mixers added to your liquor now is not the time for cheap tequila! This is the time to break out the really good tequila! I like Casamigos which is around $65 for a 1 liter bottle.
There are 4 main types of tequila – silver/blanco, reposado, añejo, and joven/mezcal.
Añejo Tequila is a caramel colored tequila that has been aged in oak barrels for at least 1 year. It is a smooth tequila that has a deeper and stronger flavor than a silver/blanco. You will first get a very slight smoky flavor and then it finishes with a smooth vanilla and caramel flavor, which makes it an excellent “on the rocks” drink!
How To Make Añejo Tequila on the Rocks
I like starting with crushed ice. I usually just run crushed ice though my fridge ice maker. The smaller ice chunks will melt a little faster and make an EXTRA cold drink!!
However some people like the big square or round ice cube for their rocks drink.
Fill a rocks sized glass about half way full of ice. Pour 2 oz. of Añejo Tequila over the rocks.
Optional – Squeeze a lime wedges over the drink, dropping the slice in the glass.
This part is also optional, but I like to add about 2 tiny drops of agave syrup into my Añejo on the rocks. It doesn’t change the flavor of the drink, it just takes the initial bite out of the tequila. And adds a super subtle sweetness that pairs really nice with the vanilla-caramel finish of the Añejo.
If you can, I highly recommend waiting about 5 minutes to sip your tequila on the rocks. It makes ALL the difference! It becomes super cold and allows the bite of the tequila to mellow and the intense flavors of vanilla and caramel to rise to the top. Cheers!
Añejo Tequila on the Rocks
- 2 oz Añejo Tequila
- ice crushed if you have it
- optional – lime
- optional – agave syrup
- Fill a rocks glass halfway with ice. Pour in 2 oz Anejo Tequila.
- Optional – Squeeze in 1 lime wedges, dropping it into the glass.
- Optional– I like two very tiny drops of agave in my Anejo on the rocks. It mellows the bite of the tequila without adding a lot of sweetness. It also enhances the caramel flavor of the Anejo.
- If you can, wait about 5 minutes before sipping your drink. It makes the tequila REALLY cold and the caramel/vanilla flavors can rise to the top.