Casa d'Aristi Xtabentun Honey Liqueur
Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Made in the Yucatan Peninsula, this honey liqueur is a nod to the beverage Indigenous Mayans made centuries ago from the nectar of the Xtabentún flowering vine. This liqueur, however, is made by fermenting the honey produced by bees who feast on that same flower. The resulting elixir is then combined with rum and anise to create this final product.
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"Right off the bat, this liqueur exhibits a strong—but vaguely sweet—anise aroma, not unlike arak or pastis. On the palate, however, honey takes center stage. The liqueur manages to avoid becoming excessively sweet and instead is a lovely, viscous amalgam of herbaceous, floral honey. This would make a great amendment to cocktails in small quantities, but will really shine on its own, over ice."