Posts Tagged ‘cocktail’

1+1+1=Mezcal Negroni

December 6, 2012



If you like your cocktails on the bitter side AND stupid easy to make, you’re going to love this one. We’ve taken the classic Negroni recipe (1 part Gin, 1 part Campari, 1 part Sweet Vermouth) thrown out the Gin and replaced it with Del Maguey Vida Mezcal. It really awakens the recipe. The only other change was a small squeeze of lime juice. The mezcal brings a smokey change that’s really nice in the drink and unlike tequila doesn’t get overpowered by the Campari. Give it a shot!


New cocktail in search of a name…EDIT: Indian Summer

September 11, 2012



I was playing around with a bottle of Aperol in the kitchen tonight while cooking up some bbq tofu tacos (recipe to follow). I wanted to make something with some tequila similar to the Crimson Ghost recipe from last winter. I think I came about it with this take on a Negroni meets Crimson Ghost meets…whatever. It also needs a name. Everything I’ve come up with is a smash of lame cocktails and lacks inspiration (maybe I haven’t drank enough?). Anyway, it’s delightful. The flavors really work together and I could see making a few small substitutions to really brighten it up.

1 oz. Aperol (you could sub Campari but I’d lessen the amount as to not overpower the remaining ingredients)
3/4 oz. Gin
3/4 oz. Blanco Tequila (choose a fuerte’ tequila so it doesn’t get lost, I used Espolon. A repo like Espolon of Chinaco could do nice things as well.)
3/4 oz. Dolin Blanc Vermouth ( the sweet kind, NOT dry vermouth)
Twist of Lime
Dash of Angostura Bitters

It’s too bad summer is over as this is a great summer drink…Indian Summer is the name!

Another Mango Margarita…

March 31, 2012



This is quickly becoming a cocktail webpage, guess I’ve been drinking lately and not eating. Don’t worry, we’re still covering foodstuffs. This is a variation of the mango margarita recipe we posted back in October. I had a nearly full bottle of Siete Leguas Blanco ( a great sipper btw!), it was a reasonably nice day spent cleaning the house and finishing a book on the porch when I decided to put that bottle to good use. Dave Yan of Casa Noble posted this recipe years ago online, he had given me the original recipe posted here so I though why not mix things up. This one uses orange liqueur and grapefruit soda but still adheres to all the freshness and natural sweetness of the original. Dig it!

1 Tablespoon of Tajin Chili powder
1 Lime wedge
3oz. of freshly pureed Mango juice
1.5oz. Agave Nectar
2oz. Orange Liqueur
3oz. Blanco Tequila, Siete Leguas
1.5oz. Freshly squeezed lime juice
3oz. Grapefruit soda, Mexican Market Fresca

Grab a small mango, peel and remove pit. Cut into cubes and puree in a blender. Yield should be about 3 oz. Blend ingredients together and shake with ice. Using the lime wedge, rim the glass and dust with the Tajin Powder. Salud!


Juan los Bota’s Margarita

March 10, 2012

After picking up this Oogave Ginger Ale I decided to use it as a topper in a margarita. I have to say, this could be my go to ‘grit. The spike of sweetness and bite of the ginger really works well with this puro style margarita. Check it out

1.5oz Blanco Tequila
1oz Lime juice, freshly squeezed or GTFO
0.75oz Agave Nectar
Splash of Water
Heavy splash of Oogave Ginger Ale

Tequila and Ginger

March 3, 2012


I was at Fresh Market a while back and saw this agave sweetened Ginger ale called Oogave. While I’ve never thought of pairing ginger ale and tequila, this seemed like a match made in heaven. I had always figured the ginger would overpower the delicate complexity of the tequila and while I’m not completely sold on this concoction maybe you could try it out and come up with something even better. Here was my recipe

3oz. Azul Reposado
0.5oz Lime, freshly squeezed
5oz Oogave Ginger Ale
Splash of water

You could spice it up by using some cilantro or lime as a garnish.

The Crimson Ghost

February 25, 2012


No this isn’t the logo to the misfits or the 1940’s movie which inspired it but you should be jamming out to the ‘fits while drinking this. Over Christmas my wife and I went to Holeman and Finch, the serious craft cocktail bar and amazing eatery. One of their featured cocktails was the Crimson Ghost made with mezcal, vermouth, aperol and orange bitters. I couldn’t resist and ordered one. It was everything I wanted and more. Silky, smokey, sublime and any other descriptive word that begins with “S.” The next day I wanted another so I raided our liquor cabinet and started concocting.

Luckily I knew the ingredients, now it was just about proportions. I’ll cut to the chase but the first one was pretty spot on, by the third batch it was about perfect. The recipe is below, now you have an excuse to buy that mezcal you’ve been wanting.

1.5oz Sombra Mezcal
.75oz Dolin Vermouth
.75oz Aperol
2 dashes of orange bitters

Pour all the ingredients into a shaker add ice and pour into a martini glass. Don’t be lazy like me and add a twist of orange to garnish. Salud!

Mango Margarita

October 26, 2011

This last weekend was fish taco weekend (look for the recipe in a few days) and I usually like to whip up some mango salsa to go with it or on it. This time I went a step further and made fresh mango margarita’s. This recipe comes way of Dave Yan, the Director of Marketing for Casa Noble Tequila. He is absolutely one of the best ambassadors of tequila regardless of Casa Noble. You may remember him helping us out for our Casa Noble Tasting night a few months back. Anyway these things are fantastic, so go make some while the weather’s still nice.

1.5oz Mango Puree
1 oz. Casa Noble Blanco
1 tsp Agave Nectar
1/2 Lime, juiced

Put ingredients in a blender, mix and pour over ice. Garnish with Lime wheel.

You can also lightly coat the rim with some agave and dust with Tajin Chili powder for a little spice.

The Dilemma…

October 10, 2011

I call this drink the Dilemma, you see fall is here and my favorite cocktail is decidedly a summer drink. Now take that lovely summer drink and heat it up with some smokey mezcal and we can talk. So yes, this is basically a Paloma using mezcal instead of tequila. It’s also a dilemma because I tossed some of my beloved Los Danzantes Reposado Mezcal in it. Which is so damn tasty and so damn hard to find.

Now the drink instantly takes on the mezcal’s smokiness and a bit of salt. At first sip, it’s on the weird side. When using tequila, the combo works so well together and it’s easy to fall in love with, but with mezcal it’s like having the same cocktail in some weird dream where your sitting in class mixing a cocktail, in your underwear, you know the dream right? After it sits for a few minutes and the ice melts a touch you get a wonderful blend that’ll keep you drinking this into November. My next experiment would be to try this with an un-aged mezcal, but unfortunately I don’t have any. Mezcal brands…hello?

2.5 oz. Mezcal
6 oz. Squirt, Mexican Market
1/2 Lime, juiced

over Ice with a twist or slice of lime.

The “Real” Paloma

September 9, 2011

I was at the Super G mart, that gigantic Asian market off New Garden last weekend and I came across some Mexican Squirt. Now I’ve seen Mexican market Coca-Cola, but I’ve NEVER seen Squirt. If your not familiar with Mexican market soft drinks, Coke is the most well known and desired. In the U.S. the soft drink manufacturers, mainly Coca-Cola use High fructose corn syrup to sweeten their cola’s and soft drinks. In Mexico, for whatever reason Coca-Cola and other soft drinks are made with real sugar. Well a couple of gringo’s caught on to this and there’s been this small black market for the stuff. Then it got big, like BIG, and Costco and other retailers started carrying it and you bet they marked the stuff up too. I’ve seen it for upwards of $2 a bottle, and speaking of that bottle, you guessed right, it’s glass. So now you can add this whole nostalgia to it. Glass + real sugar + Coke nerds = the same people getting fatter off Coke, it’s just done with sugar as opposed to high fructose corn syrup.

Anyway, I scored some Coke and Squirt for that matter at the Super G mart. It was around $1.50 a bottle and while I’ll be reviewing the Coke later, with and without rum. Today we’re looking at the Paloma. Now I used the same recipe as previously posted here but with this fancy new Squirt, not that Italian crap I got from Whole Foods. Dont worry, if you cant find Mexican Squirt that crap from Whole Foods makes a damn fine cocktail. It’s just pink…and comes from Whole Foods…hippie.

The Paloma
3 oz. Reposado Tequila
6 oz. Mexican Squirt
1/2 Lime, juiced

Mix the above ingredients and pour over ice, garnish with a lime.

How’s it taste? Fantastic. I don’t know if it was the different tequila used or the Squirt but this is just groovy. Last time I used Muchote Reposado Tequila, which is a killer brand if you haven’t had it. Lately I’ve been using El Charro repo and it just falls flat in the cocktail. It was $12 bucks, what did you expect? Tonight I dropped some Don Agustin repo (look down 3 posts for the review) in there and it shined. Bringing the highball up to my nose immediately brought out the agave and vanilla. It’s like the Squirt supercharged the tequila’s characteristics and made me keep drinking it, all the way until the damn thing was gone! So I made another…and another, and had to finish this post in the morning…with coffee, sans tequila. A great tasting note on the Squirt is that it starts with a crispness not found in American market soda. It then follows with a soft, sweet creaminess that’s delightful. I never thought I like Squirt…until I had this. I’ve been drinking off the leftover contents in the bottle and could easily see picking this up every once and a while. Unlike the 2 times I’ve had regular Squirt. Either way, go find some of this Squirt. I’ve heard that some online retailers and selling it if you cant find it locally and go whip up some Paloma’s



The Ginger Margarita

July 10, 2011

I’ve been eyeballing this bottle Ginger Liqueur at the Liquor store. You might have seen it, the bottle is shaped similarly to a piece of bamboo in a tall frosted bottle. Domaine de Canton is the brand. Anyway I thought it would make a great mixer but at $30 a bottle I wanted to sample it first. Turns out my local hole had some airplane bottles for $4 bucks so it was mixing time. After playing with a few bottles I came about this.

The Ginger Marq

2oz. Blanco Tequila
1oz. Canton Ginger Liqueur
1/2 Lime, juiced
Splash of Club Soda

Its one damn tasty cocktail with a little bite from the ginger. The tequila was El Charro which is available for under $15 bucks, its a decent sipper and a great 100% agave mixer without breaking the bank.