It’s also home to incredible liqueurs that illustrate the region’s cultural brilliance.
Casa D’Aristi is doing a fine job making this region’s beverage culture shine with its selection of classic Yucatan spirits.
Nestled in Merida, Casa D’Aristi is the Yucatan’s largest producer of natural local liqueurs. Yet, their company is small and artisanal, for a reason. Founder Don Carlos Aristi fell deeply in love with the intricacies of the region’s cultural richness through the lens of liqueur.
What resulted was a concise lineup of Yucatan spirits that echo the heart and soul of the peninsula. Each offering highlights a special piece of the peninsula, from the ingredients to the flavor to farmer-friendly production.
Coconut liqueur never tasted like this before. Made from slow-roasted Malayan dwarf coconuts, the Kalani exudes all the elements of coconut we adore. It’s creamy, nutty, and just sweet enough to make your tastebuds dance. Use it in your next Piña Colada or serve it neat. Either way, it’ll mentally transport you to a Caribbean beach.
One word: Guanábana. This tropical Yucatan fruit (also known as soursop) is at the core of Huana, the spirit missing from your next spritz. In fact, Huana is the only spirit in the world to be distilled Guanábana. You’ll understand once you taste this liqueur. It’s fruity and floral flavors are as delicious as they are rare.
Amaro lovers, this liqueur is for you. Made from the Seville Orange, the Narano is an ode to the zest of the Yucatan peninsula. The liqueur evokes the natural character of Seville oranges—it’s round and fleshly, but with a seductive bitterness. That’s because unlike other orange varieties, the Seville orange doesn’t mature fully, making it more bitter than sweet. It’s a no-brainer to say this liqueur is a genuine complement to your next Cadillac Margarita.
Would you believe us if we told you this liqueur was once a hallucinogen? The original version, known as Blaché, inspired Don Carlos Aristi’s exploration of Yucatan liqueurs. Although the hallucinogenic recipe was changed to please Spanish conquistadors years ago, this ancient Mayan liqueur remains quite seductive. Named after a gorgeous local white flower, Xtabentún is a spirit as intense and beautiful as its history, and a real treat served on the rocks after dinner.