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The Dirty Highlands by Mijenta Tequila

Cocktail of the Week: The Dirty Highlands is Mijenta’s take on a devilishly dirty martini.

By Kim Ayling

“Vodka or gin?” The martini typically only calls for one of two spirits, but in an unexpected twist on the drink of the moment, let us offer you an alternative: tequila.

The Dirty Highlands is Mijenta’s take on a devilishly dirty martini, combining the brand’s latest release – a limited edition Cristalino – with vermouth and olive brine. Crafted in the highlands of Jalisco in western Mexico, the tequila was born out of a desire for experimentation at the hands of master tequilera Ana María Romero Mena.

To this end, this Cristalino was aged in symphony barrels – meaning barrels made from a combination of different staves – which included American Oak from the forests of Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The expression was aged for eight months to allow its richness to evolve, before undergoing a precise filtering phase that removed the liquid’s color, yet none of its complexity. 

Unlike many mainstream tequilas, Mijento is proudly additive-free, and puts sustainability first: As with previous expression, the Cristalino packaging is fully eco-friendly, using recycled glass for the bottle and stopper, and 100% post-consumer recycled paper for its box.

[See also: The Best Sipping Tequila Brands in the World]

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“As a result of the meticulous process, our Cristalino possesses the richness of an Añejo, drinks like a Reposado and is perfect for cocktails that require a clear spirit, like the martini,” said Mijenta co-founder Juan Coronado.

 Alive with sweet notes of coconut and vanilla, as well as gentle hints of cooked agave, the Mijento Cristalino matches up to the deeply savory flavors of a dirty martini with an unabashed confidence that makes even vodka and gin envious. Want to up the savory levels? Switch out the three green olives with a frozen blue cheese olive – prep them ahead of time and freeze until just solid.

[See also: The Most Exclusive Tequila Tastings in Mexico]


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–  2.5 oz Mijenta Cristalino

–  0.75 oz dry vermouth

– 3 dashes of saline solution

– 1 bar spoon of olive brine

–  green olives


Stir the tequila, vermouth, saline solution and olive brine with plenty of ice until cold and strain into in a chilled martini glass. Garnish with three green olives on a cocktail stick.

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