If you’re like me, you sometimes find yourselves hypnotically wandering the aisles of your local liquor store. But then again, you’re probably not like me. Occasionally, these boozy adventures end up being quite productive. For example, the day I stumbled upon Ancho Reyes Ancho Chile Liqueur. As you know, I’m a huge fan of chiles, so I had to give it a try. As it turns out, the label isn’t the only thing that packs a punch. Two words: sweet heat. But just like an ancho chile, the flavors are spicy but also complex. When sipping neat, cinnamon and tamarind are prevalent as well as notes of the raw pepper. The sweetness is reminiscent of honey, and is balanced nicely by the heat. I enjoyed it even more when I popped in a large ice cube for a little chill factor. But what I’m most excited about is its potential as a cocktail ingredient. Stay tuned . . .
(images by HonestlyYUM)