Mariposa in Spanish is butterfly. Indeed the liqueur kind of flutters (sorry) around the idea of Tequila being made from Tequila, Vodka, agave and rose water. Even the bottle is softer. Purists might find issue here, but I have to say that it is well made and tasty (Heaven Hill Distillery also makes Lunazul Tequila, Rittenhouse Rye and Elijah Craig Bourbon).
Non-cloying sweetness, spicy floral, almost orange peel citrus notes makes it a good substitute for Curacao or other orange liqueurs.
Enter the lovely Erin Surprenant: Tequila and all-things-agave lover, also happens to fittingly be the general manager of Masa in the South End. Who better to drink Mariposa cocktails with? I suggested an ounce of Mariposa with sparkling wine; her staff split 50-50 on it, the results coming down to personal preference. I better leave this up to Erin.
Below is their standby Margarita, which precedes her time; and then a new creation which has a wonderful seasonal, fall take. A spicy, cool weather Tequila cocktail? Yes, please.
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