October 2008

Tequila Comes of Age

All-Natural Agave and the Perfect 4 Copas Organic Margarita

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Why should you care if your tequila is organic? Well, an agave plant, from which tequila is made, can take up to 10 years to mature, so according to La Quemada, the distiller of 4 Copas, less conscientious growers use a chemical stew for their plants that includes growth hormones, herbicides, fungicides and pesticides. The only USDA certified-organic tequila, 4 Copas is a product of eco-friendly practices, such as using recycled mulch.


Makes one cocktail

2 ounces 4 Copas organic añejo tequila
Juice from 2 limes
1 ounce raw agave nectar
Splash of natural club soda
Coarse-grained salt (optional)

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Combine all ingredients, shake vigorously and serve straight up or over ice. Salt the rim of glass if desired. Garnish with lime wedge.

Note: Check out 4copas.com to find where La Quemada’s 4 Copas añejo tequila is sold. Raw agave nectar is also available from 4 Copas, or go to ultimatesuperfoods.com.