This months Mixology Monday theme is tequila. Up until a month or so back my only experience of tequila was shots of it, with a lick of salt and a bite of lemon, from when I was at university and doing shots was cool. It’s probably these experiences that put me off trying any Tequila based cocktails for so long, but as it was the only major spirit I didn’t have in my drinks cabinet I decided to bite the bullet and see what all the fuss was about.
As it turns out tequila is actually a really nice spirit. I could have chosen several recipes I’ve been enjoying recently, including the Margarita and Rude Cosmopolitan, and as well as the tentatively titled Oak Alley created by Brad Ellis, which I highly recommend. However, I wanted to use this opportunity to try a new drink, and something that isn’t so well known. A quick search of my recipe books found…
- 2 shots tequila
- ¾ shot pink grapefruit juice
- ½ shot cranberry juice
- ¼ shot lemon juice
- ¼ shot lime juice
- ¼ shot sugar syrup
- Shake well with ice, fine strain in to a cocktail glass.
Created in 2001 by Salvatore Calabrese, the drink is rather on the sour side and although I’m not a huge fan of grapefruit it mixes well with the other juices to produce quite a nice flavour. I think next time I make this I will probably up the sugar syrup to ½ or maybe even ¾ shot to ease the sourness. It’s a tasty drink though, and if you like your drinks sour it’s definitely worth a try.
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