VSazadores Café is a new coffee-infused tequila liqueur ready to fill the Patron XO Café shaped hole in your heart. It’s not the only game in town, but after Patron discontinued its popular product, there was a void in the market that Cazadores is now looking to fill. (Both companies are owned by Bacardi.)
Cafe Cazadores is created with the brand’s 100% agave blanco tequila. Raw agave juice is extracted from harvested piñas via a diffuser, rather than the more traditional method, which involves cooking the agave in stone ovens before being crushed to extract the juice. In a unique stage, the distillery plays Mozart during the long fermentation process. This is similar to the practice employed by blackened whiskeywhich plays Metallica as the drums age.
According to the brand, classical music soothes yeast and water particles to create the best possible taste for tequila. Then, as a final step, they infuse the spirit with Mexican coffee and agave.
The resulting product has a dark brown color and flavors of richly roasted coffee, vanilla and chocolate, with a subtle sweetness. Cazadores Café can be consumed as a shot, sipped over ice or mixed into cocktails, as a variation of Espresso Martini. In this case, the brand suggests mixing two ounces of Cazadores Café with two ounces of freshly ground coffee (or one ounce of espresso). Shake with ice and serve in a cocktail glass, garnished with three espresso beans.
Cazadores Café will be sold nationwide and is also available online. It is bottled at 33% ABV and has a suggested retail price of $29.99 for a 750ml bottle.