The Treasure of the Desert: Mesquite Date

We’re at it again with a new limited release mixer that showcases our wonderful desert. A truly local flavor made with dates from Agritopia Farm and foraged mesquite pods, Mesquite Date is wonderfully rich with a distinctive tang. You might have encountered this flavor at last year’s Devour Bartending Competition where Mesquite Date was the secret ingredient for Arizona bartenders. Check out this past blog post to learn a little more about that experience!

It’s officially date season in the desert so we are bringing this flavor to you once again! We are working with Agritopia Farms in Gilbert, Arizona and using their delectable Medjool dates grown right on their orchard. Locally foraged mesquite pods are brewed like a tea to create almost a smokey, cereal grain flavor profile. These two flavors come together with brown sugar to make a tangy, rich mixer that shines for Autumn. 

Iconic Mesquite Date Cocktail Mixer made for complex cocktails and robust mocktails

Made for a limited time, Mesquite Date is a special flavor that is perfect for Fall. This is a full-bodied mixer that shines with dark spirits like whiskey, bourbon, or spiced rum. Explore the more lusty light spirits like mezcal or silver rum. When making a cocktail with Mesquite Date, we recommend shaking with ice to experience everything this flavor has to offer. 

While most of our flavors can be easily enjoyed simply with a splash of sparkling water and your favorite spirit, Mesquite Date is your more advanced mixer for the season. Spend time learning how to take your cocktail and mocktails to the next level. In this blog post, we’re sharing a collection of Matt Farrow’s personal recipes that he put together featuring Mesquite Date. These recipes have a few more steps than you might be used to. This is your time to shine as a home bartender and celebrate this treasure of our Arizona desert! 

On the Prosopis 

A play on words, the “Precipice” is a high edge or cliff but also refers to a time of great peril or change. “Prosopis” is the genus that the mesquite tree belongs to. This cocktail challenges you to try something new and change your point of view. 

A tiki-like cocktail made with Iconic Mesquite Date, silver rum, and pineapple juice

On the Prosopis 

  • 2oz Silver Rum
  • 1oz Pineapple juice
  • 1oz Iconic Mesquite Date
  • 1oz Ginga Syrup
  • .5oz Aperol
  • .5oz lemon juice

-Combine all the ingredients into a shaker with ice
-Shake vigorously to combine 
-Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice
-Garnish with a fresh pineapple chunk

Tiki-like cocktail made with Iconic Mesquite Date and Silver Rum

The Gratitude

A cocktail to celebrate Thanksgiving that reminds us to be grateful for life’s hidden treasures...like mesquite & dates. Make this bourbon cocktail with Iconic Mesquite Date for friends and family this holiday season. 

A bourbon cocktail made with Iconic Mesquite Date perfect for Thanksgiving

The Gratitude

  • 2oz Bourbon
  • .5oz Iconic Mesquite Date
  • .5oz Dry Vermouth
  • .5oz Triple Sec 
  • 4 dashes aromatic bitters

-Combine all the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice
-Stir generously to chill and dilute 
-Fine Strain into a rocks glass over a super cube
-Garnish with an orange twist

Bourbon cocktail made with Iconic Mesquite Date

Apple Betty 

A dessert cocktail reminiscent of the apple cobbler, this warmed cocktail comes together with spiced rum and apple cider. This Hot Buttered Rum recipe is wonderfully rich with a silky mouthfeel. Skip dessert and sip on this instead. 

Apple Betty (makes 8 servings) 

  • 2 cups Spiced Rum
  • 1 cup Iconic Mesquite Date
  • 2 cups Apple juice 
  • ½ cup Lemon Juice
  • 8 tablespoons of unsalted butter 

-Set the butter out to soften 
-In a medium saucepan combine the remaining ingredients
-Warm without boiling (about 120 degrees) 
-Add the butter and whisk vigorously to combine
-Carefully strain the hot mixture into heat safe mug or cup
-Garnish with a dehydrated apple slice

Hot buttered rum cocktail made with Iconic Mesquite Date

Margarita Atole 

Atole is any beverage with corn, rice, or mesquite flour mixed with water and enjoyed in Mexico and the American South West. We paired Iconic Mesquite Date with tequila, lime, and orange to make this earthy margarita. 

A margarita made with Iconic Mesquite 

Margarita Atole 

-Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice
-Shake vigorously to combine
-Fine strain into a chilled coup
-Garnish with a Tajin dipped lime wheel

Get you hands on this limited flavor before it's gone! Made only for a short time in small batches, Mesquite Date is truly unique.