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The winter is upon us, the season is brisk, and what better to warm the toes and soul then with a dram of whiskey tequila? With stories from Peter’s trip to Mexico and his love for the Blue Agave Goddess, we’ve packed this little puppy with some knowledge on tequila and some tasting. (at this point we’re pretty much just using the podcast to drink…a lot…) Below are a couple of cocktail recipes as well for your enjoyment. Shoot us your feed back on these. They’re simple and delicious, once you get the booze for them.

We’re starting to get through the basics pretty quickly and we’ve lined up some great guests in the near future, so let us know what your thoughts have been and enjoy this little gem.

Also here’s a recipe for one of my favorite tequila cocktails created with the help of my fellow bartender Joel (he’s at Rare Italian in Fort Collins, killer spot, check it out). I give you “The Bekken”

The Bekken

The Bekken - A cocktail inspired by Jerry Thomas' Martinez

The Bekken – A cocktail inspired by Jerry Thomas’ Martinez

A spin off of Jerry Thomas’s Martinez, this little ditty substitutes a nice caramel-ly reposado tequila in place of the softer, sweeter more complex Old Tom Gin. Enjoy up or neat after a brief stir over ice.

  • 1 1/2 oz Casa Noble Reposado – Or your choice Reposado or Anejo – The slight aging provides some softer more balanced flavors.
  • 3/4 oz Carpano Antica Formula
  • 1/2 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
  • 1 Dash Regans Orange bitters – Compared to Angosturas, Regan’s Orange bitters is a bit softer and floral and less spice forward.

Combine all ingredients over ice and stir for about 12 to 15 seconds. The right amount of stiring to dilution will offer a perfectly blended, chilled and mellowed flavor. In other words, stirring is key in this drink so stir and taste throughout until you reach your optimum balance. Strain into your glass of choice and garnish with a flamed orange swathe, but be careful not to leave a singed zest over the drink. Enjoy and send me your feedback on this drink.

Vida Mezcal, Green Chartreuse, Blood Orange and a touch of orange zest.

Vida Mezcal, Green Chartreuse, Blood Orange and a touch of orange zest.

The Fireside

Here’s a fun cocktail with Mezcal. A bit smokey, acidic, and floral this little gem provides a constantly evolving palate teaser.

  • 1 1/2 oz Vida Mezcal
  • 1/2 oz Green Chartreuse
  • 1/2 oz Blood Orange concentrate
    (in all honestly, the frozen and thawed stuff works best in this case. The flavor is just so much more packed in this way.)

Stir the Mezcal and Charteuse over ice for about 12 to 15 seconds, again dilution is important in this drink. Strain into you drinking glass of choice and add the blood orange Concentrate by pouring it on the side of the glass guiding it with a spoon. This will help the blood orange to settle to the bottom. Garnish with orange zest.

Drinking this cocktail is meant to be fun and ever changing. By layering the blood orange to the bottom you can take a sip of the cocktail with the chartreuse and mezcal acting as the most prominant flavor at first. Then by stirring the cocktail together with the blood orange you create an entirely different cocktail that is smoother but citrus-y and smokey. What a freaking blast!

Featured Spirits

Demetrio – Anejo

Tres Generaciones – Anejo

Sombra – Mezcal

Tio Beto’s Tequila
Get it at Aaleyah’s Restaurant in Sayulita.