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Posts Tagged ‘Cinco de Mayo’

July Cocktail: Juan Collins

Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 14, 2019

This mixed drink is an agave take on the popular gin cocktail, the Tom Collins. The recipe is simple, Tequila, lemon juice, agave syrup, and soda. Because the Juan Collins is such a simple drink to mix, it is a favourite on back decks or Sunday afternoon barbecues.

Juan Collins

1 1/2 oz. El Jimador Silver Tequila
1 oz Lemon juice
1/2 oz Agave Nectar
Ice
2 oz. Sparkling Water or Club Soda
Lemon Wedge

Add Ice to a tall serving glass
Pour the tequila, lemon juice, and agave nectar into the glass
Top with club soda
Stir Gently
Garnish with a citrus wedge

Note: If  you are interested in more of my cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!

Chimo!

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July Cocktail: The Trovador

Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 9, 2019

Here is a recipe I constructed as part of my review of Jarnal de Berrio Mezcal. I originally dubbed the serving, the Pompadour (which of course is the extravagant hairstyle named for Madame de Pompadour, who was a mistress of King Louis XV of France); however, I decided to rename the libation when I became aware of a  completely different agricole rhum serving which shares the name.

Trovador, in case you are wondering, is a Spanish translation of the French word Toubadour. This implies my cocktail should cause you to burst into poetic songs of love. Make sure you have a suitable partner when you enjoy the libation.

Trovador

1 1/2 oz Mezcal Jarnal de Berrio
1/2 oz Bols Apricot Brandy
2/3 oz Lemon Juice
1/3 oz Sugar Syrup (1:1 ratio)
dash Fees Old Fashioned Cocktail Bitters
Ice
Orange peel for garnish (option)

Chill a cocktail glass
Add the ingredients into a metal shaker with ice
Shake until the outside of the shaker begins to frost
Strain into the chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with Orange Peel if desired

Enjoy Responsibly!

Note: If  you are interested in more cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!

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Cinco de Mayo Cocktail: A Fancy Paloma

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 5, 2019

For Cinco de Mayo here is a fancy take on the Paloma Cocktail. In this cocktail, fresh Grapefruit and Lime juice are mixed with Boston Bittahs and Triple Sec. Adding ice and soda results a tall refreshing mixed drink. I brought the serving up a further notch by mixing with Herradura’s premium Herradura Ultra Tequila Anejo.

Fancy Paloma

2 oz Herradura Ultra Tequila Anejo
2 oz Grapefruit Juice
1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
3/8 oz Bols Triple Sec
dash Bittermens Boston Bittahs
Ice
Sparkling Soda

Add plenty of ice to a tall glass
Add the first five ingredients and stir
Complete with soda
Enjoy Responsibly

Note: If you are interested in more of my cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!

Chimo!

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Cocktail Hour – The Choco-Mint Julep Shake-up

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 5, 2018

Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby have fallen on the same day! So let’s shake up the official drink of the Kentucky derby (The Mint Julep) by adding a little Mexican flavour in the form of Herradura Tequila. You might think I am crazy, but recently a good friend of mine, Valerie Bradshaw sent me her recipe for the Mint Julep Smash-up which was featured as part of the local coverage of the festivities surrounding the Kentucky Derby (see here: The Official Drink of The Kentucky Derby).

My version isn’t quite the same as Val’s, as I decided to stick to using the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby, Woodford Reserve. And, because her recipe called for chocolate bitters, I upped the ante and used Chocolate-Mint in my muddle as well. This means that it is not just the Herradura tequila that turns the flavour in a new direction, the chocolate mint and bitters add their own dimension as well.

If you want to try this at home, I would suggest going easy on both the tequila and the bitters the first time you make it. It certainly is easier to add a more and re-shake the serving, than it is to try to take some of the aggressive ingredients back.

When you get it right the cocktail is delicious!

The Choco-Mint Julep Shake-up

1 1/4 oz Woodford Reserve Double Oak Bourbon
3/8 oz Herradura Silver Tequila
3/8 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
Chocolate-Mint Leaves
1/2 oz Sugar Syrup (1:1 ratio)
dash Fees Bothers Chocolate Bitters
Ice
Sparkling Water
Mint Sprig (Mojito mint makes an attractive garnish)

Muddle Mint Leaves in a Mixing Glass with 1 oz of Bourbon
Strain into a Metal Shaker filled with Ice
Add the Tequila and Sugar Syrup
Shake until the outside of the Shaker begins to frost
Pour into your Serving Glass
Complete with Sparkling Water
Garnish with Lime and Mint Leaves

Enjoy Responsibly!

Note: If  you are interested in more of my original cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!

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My thanks to Valerie Bradshaw for sending me the basic recipe a few days ago. My new review for the Herradura Silver Tequila published a few days ago (see here), and you can be sure I will add a review of the wonderful Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon in the coming weeks as well.

Chimo!

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A Reivew for Cinco de Mayo

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 5, 2013

PaQui Tequila (Silver)It is commonly believed that May, 5th or Cinco de Mayo is a well celebrated holiday in Mexico roughly equivalent to the US Holiday of Independence on July, 4rth. The truth of the matter is that Cinco de Mayo is not really a major holiday in Mexico and is more widely celebrated in the United states than it ever has been south of their border. It is not even a holiday related to Mexico’s actual Independence Day known as El Grito de la Independencia (“Cry of Independence”). That phrase was first spoken on September 16th, 1810 by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Roman Catholic priest in the small town of Delores. That moment is said to have marked the beginning of  Mexico’s War of Independence against Spain.

Cinco de May commemorates an entirely different event, the 1862 Battle of Puebla, in which the Mexican Army met and drove back an invasion force of the French. This battle ended in a victory for the Mexican Army over a much stronger and better equipped occupying French force. Although the French continued their push towards Mexico City, the Battle of Puebla provided the Mexican people a much need morale boost which eventually led to their ultimate victory over the French. (History it seems is full of remarkable parallels.)

Thus in recognition of the Battle of Puebla for which Cinco de Mayo is celebrated, we may raise a glass of Tequila today. The glass I am going to raise is one of PaQuí Tequila (Silvera).

Here is an excerpt from my review:

Review: PaQuí Silvera Tequila

” … The aroma from the glass is laid back.  An earthy agave scent is present, but it does not jump from the glass, rather it seeps out slowly. Very light citrus tones follow, but they do not try to assault the nostrils, rather they lie very gently in the breezes …”

Of course I am going to enjoy a few cocktails today, most probably a Metro Mexico Cocktail, and perhaps as the sun gets warmer, a Royal Alexander Margarita.

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