Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur
2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Gold Medal Winner
Born of a cultural revolution in 1920’s Puebla, Ancho Reyes is the original chile liqueur — a unique blend of the heat, sweetness, smoke and spice of the chile Ancho that predates all other spicy liqueurs by nearly a century. Ancho Reyes evokes a sense of timelessness causing a feeling of nostalgia.
The versatility of this liquor transcends at any time, station or geography, being able to be enjoyed alone or mixed, as an aperitif or digestive.
In 1920s Puebla, the cantinas of the Barrio del Artista bustled with artists and intellectuals who gathered to exchange ideas over original homemade liqueurs known as menjurjes. One especially popular menjurje was handcrafted from the ancho chile. Ancho Reyes pays homage to those original recipes with Ancho Reyes Original and Ancho Reyes Verde – authentic Mexican liqueurs steeped in the tradition of Puebla.
First prepared by 13th century Italian monks as herbal medicines and elixirs, Liqueurs are distilled spirits that have been combined with flavoring agents. A range of herbs, spices, nuts, fruits and flowers can be used, and a sweetener such as sugar or corn syrup is often added. While typically rather sweet, some examples are herbaceous or tart and pair exceptionally well with desserts or act as a delightful addition to cocktails.