While excellent for sipping straight up, the complexity of artisanal tequilas can make for wonderful cocktails. Miami’s own Ezra Pattek, mixology consultant, pays a visit to The Corner and takes us through three tequila cocktails worth experiencing.
Smoky Tequila Negroni: “The Negroni is a classic drink traditionally made with gin and designed to stimulate the palate. In this case tequila replaces gin, showing how well the character of tequila can work with a bitter herbal liqueur such as Campari.” Made with: Tequila OchoReposado, Campari, and sweet vermouth, with a mist of Pierde Almas Mezcal, finished with a zest of orange twist.
Añejo Old-Fashioned: “The old-fashioned is typically made with bourbon or whiskey. Añejo tequila has some of the same types of barrel notes. We highlighted the añejo with a cacao liqueur (for sweetness), added some amontillado sherry for the citrus and nutty components, and finished it with a few drops of mole bitters (a Mexican spice).” Made with: Tequila OchoAñejo, white crème de cacao liqueur, amontillado sherry, dashes of Xocolatlmole bitters, and lemon and orange zest.
PalomaLadera: “Building on the traditional paloma, we added fresh herbs (basil), an herbal liqueur from France (yellow Chartreuse), and a few dashes of fennel bitters, demonstrating how tequila’s citrus and vegetal notes work well with fresh herbal ingredients.” Made with:Tequila Ocho Plata, yellow Chartreuse, fresh grapefruit juice, fresh lime juice, basil, and fennel bitters, topped with soda water.