Monday, May 14, 2007

Mixology Monday: Tequila


Mexico on Fire

1 1/2 oz. Tequila Anejo
1/2 oz. Amaretto
Champagne

Build Tequila and Amaretto in Champagne flute. Fill with Champagne. Garnish with orange twist and cherry.


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I swear this recipe isn't just an excuse to get rid of leftover Champagne from last month's MxMo.

Actually, this one comes courtesy of my good friend (and fellow adult beverage enthusiast) Dave from San Antonio, Texas. He plucked this little gem from Tequila: The Spirit of Mexico by Enrique Martinez Limon, and recommended it highly.

Despite completely trusting Dave's taste in cocktails, I have to admit the combination of Tequila, Amaretto, and Champagne initially gave me pause...but my first sip removed any doubt.

The flavors blend wonderfully. The smoky edge of the Tequila complements the sweetness of the Amaretto, while the Champagne unites them both with a bit of dry effervescence. The initial taste is a bit fiery (but smooth), with the Tequila bite coming through, but the other ingredients definitely show up: The Amaretto and Champagne mingle perfectly with the Tequila, and help produce a flavor that's warm, smooth, and velvety on the tongue.

One quick note: This is one drink where you do not want to ignore the garnish. It could probably live without the cherry, but the orange twist is crucial. Use a fresh hunk of peel and make sure you get a decent spray on the surface of the drink. The orange flavor is key, and it adds a nice citrus accent.

And don't forget to swing by this month's MxMo host site My Bar, Your Bar to check out all the other great Tequila-centric recipes!

7 comments:

Rick said...

Craig,

I love all of your tasting descriptions. So vivid!

Dr. Bamboo said...

Thanks, Rick! That's high praise coming from you. I try not to get too carried away with the tasting notes...just going for general impressions, really.

Sean said...

Your illustrations make me happy.

And you wanna talk smoky? I'm working up some drinky-poos with the Hangar One Chipotle vodka. Firewater, indeed.

Dr. Bamboo said...

Thanks Sean...I'm glad you like 'em. I have a good time doing them!

And chipotle vodka? I may have to see if I can find that hereabouts.

rene (mexican) lozano said...

hi....

i have a comment:

turn off the fire in our flag!,

thanks

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