Sometimes known as aguamiel or “honey water”, agave nectar is made from the agave plant grown primarily in Central and Southern Mexico. As a sweetener, agave nectar is sweeter than sugar with a slight caramel taste increasing in intensity based on the color of nectar and variety of agave plant used.
Agave plants are also used in the production of Mezcal and its more famous variation, Tequila. While Mezcal can be made from the juice of the piña or fruit of any variety or blend of varieties of agave, tequila is a type of mezcal that uses only Agave tequilana, commonly known as Blue Agave and must be grown in the Mexican state of Jalisco or one of a limited list of municipalities in a handful of states surrounding Mexico’s fourth most-populous state.
Agave & Coffea arabica
Just like the coffee plant takes five years to mature and begin producing coffee cherries, an agave plant takes an average of eight to twelve years before it can be harvest for syrup, Mezcal, or Tequila. Coffee and agave are also similar in producing the final products of coffee (the drink) and Mezcal or Tequila. Farmers may choose to grow a handful of specific varieties of agave or coffee plant on the same farm and blend the juice or seeds or a cooperative might blend the same varieties from a number of farms into their final product.
Coffea arabica and Agave tequilana are also unfortunately similar in their growing scarcity. For coffee, an explosive growth in consumption combined with low wages, climate change and disease threaten the availability of high quality coffee in coffee’s most famous and historic growing regions. For agave, a fluctuating market price, increasing popularity of Agave Nectar, and the fact that we’re often consuming a product planted over a decade ago impacts the price and quality of a Happy Hour Margarita.
Lattes & Cream Sodas
Our Agave Lime syrup tastes great hot or iced in a latte or in an Espresso Cream Soda! This syrup is a take on your classic vanilla latte with a prominent floral aroma and a refreshing clean citrus finish. You’ll notice a more complex sweetness similar to caramel.
Whether you’re looking for a new flavor combination or a summery drink that works in any type of Oklahoma weather, the Agave Lime Latte is a great fit!
Shout out to our neighbors at the Myriad Botanical Gardens for letting us take some pictures and learn about plants with them. Check them out to learn more! They have a lime tree, tons of varieties of agave plants, coffee plants, and a plethora of botany knowledge! More pics below!