When you’re out having a drink at your favorite bar or restaurant, you might notice agave wine on the menu. Agave wine is growing in popularity in the United States, and it doesn’t look like it’s slowing down. It makes sense. After all, agave wine is delicious!
Plus, it’s low-calorie, vegan, gluten-free, and all-natural. It checks all the boxes.
Still, a lot of people have questions about this mysterious drink. What can you expect from it? How is it different from tequila? How do I use it in drinks?
Fret not. We’re breaking down the differences between agave wine and tequila and the best drinks to make with agave wine. We know all about blue agave and can help you answer these questions.
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The Difference Between Agave Wine And Tequila
Agave wine is similar to tequila because they come from the same plant, the agave plant. This plant is native to Mexico and the Caribbean and looks similar to the top of a pineapple.
There are different types of agave plants. Some plants help produce energy, some plants are decorative, and some provide various types of alcohol. The options seem limitless when you learn about the different uses of the agave plant.
Blue agave is a type of agave plant known for its nectar, a mouth-watering syrup.
Blue agave syrup comes from the plant’s stem, where all the raw sap hides. The raw sap is toxic unless cooked before ingestion, so proper preparation is crucial. To make agave wine, the blue agave syrup must ferment. After fermentation, you can leave it as is and turn it into agave wine, or you can distill it and turn it into a spirit.
Once the blue agave is fermented and distilled, it turns into tequila, mezcal, and other popular Mexican alcohols.
Although they originate from the same plant, the primary difference between agave wine and tequila is how you identify the two.
How Strong Is Agave Wine?
Agave wine isn’t as strong as tequila which is a reason why so many people love it. The natural alcohol content of agave wine is 7.5%.
Agave wine can be a fortified alcoholic beverage since the alcohol content is so low. Distilled spirits are added to agave wine to increase the alcohol content to 20-24%, however not all agave wine is fortified. Some people prefer the low alcohol content, restaurants especially.
The rules of what kind of alcoholic drinks restaurants can sell vary state by state. But because of agave wine’s low alcohol content, establishments without a liquor license can sell agave wine in individual serving sizes or pre-mixed margaritas.
This is also possible because agave wine is fermented and not distilled like tequila.
Regardless of the low alcohol content, agave wine makes for an excellent cocktail. Let’s dive into the best cocktails you can create with this delicious drink!
To make agave wine, the blue agave syrup must ferment.
Best Cocktails With Agave Wine
Paloma is a wonderfully delicious beverage similar to a margarita, but instead of lime for the citrus juice, it’s grapefruit. Rancho la Gloria has an incredibly refreshing Paloma cocktail with ruby red grapefruit and lime juice. We couldn’t choose, so we had to include both. Our Paloma is made with 100% agave nectar, natural cane sugar, and no additives. Plus, it comes ready to go. There’s no mixing. Just grab a glass of ice, pour, and enjoy!
Watermelon coolers tell us that summer is right around the corner. A watermelon cooler featured at your next BBQ will take it to the next level. And let’s be honest- they taste great! Plus, it’s quick and easy. Grab some watermelon margarita mini bottles, or make your own using our tangy watermelon margarita mix! Make party planning simple this summer.
To make a watermelon cooler with our watermelon margarita mix, add ice to your glass. Pour in the watermelon mix and garnish with mint. If you’re feeling fancy, add a watermelon wedge for extra garnish.
Yield: 1 serving
For those that are daring, try our spicy watermelon cooler recipe.
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You can’t beat the flavor of a classic margarita. The best margaritas have 100% agave with real lime juice.
To make a classic margarita using Rancho la Gloria’s mix, run a lime wedge over the edge of a glass. Dip the glass into salt or sugar to dust the rim of your margarita glass. Add ice to your glass, then pour the margarita mix into the glass. Garnish with a lime wedge. Simple as that!
Yield: 1 serving
Spicy Mango Margarita
Our spicy mango gummy recipe is excellent if you’re craving a little bit of sweetness and spice at the same time. A spicy mango margarita is for those feeling extra spicy about the upcoming summer. This recipe captures the flavor of dried apricots, spicy Tajin seasoning, and delicious mango and lime.
To make a spicy mango margarita, apply chamoy sauce to the rim of the glass. Coat the rim with Tajin seasoning to taste. Add ice and Rancho la Gloria Mango Margarita Canned Cocktail. Garnish with a chamoy gummy.
Yield: 1 serving
Tropical Peach Margarita
The tropical peach margarita is wonderfully sweet, perfect for those wanting to have fun and satisfy that sweet tooth. This recipe combines blueberry, peaches, and pineapple with sugar and lime. Mixed with the agave wine and natural ingredients of the margarita mix, it’s a flavor that can’t be beaten. The best part? It only takes about 10 seconds to make this margarita!
To make a tropical peach margarita, run a lime wedge over the edge of a glass. Dip the glass into sugar to dust the rim of your margarita glass. Add ice and chopped blueberries, pineapple, and peaches. Add the Rancho la Gloria Peach Margarita mix. Enjoy!
Yield: 1 serving
The natural alcohol content of agave wine is 7.5%.
Agave wine is a delicious addition to any cocktail. Why not skip all the hard work and use Rancho la Gloria’s mixes? Our margaritas use 100% blue agave with cane sugar and natural ingredients. Make the upcoming warm season even better with a bit of added sweetness!
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