Two tequila recipes for even the most squeamish of drinkers.
Tequila Old Fashioned
Even though in has increased in popularity, the old fashioned dates back as far as the 1800's and based on it's history it is not surprising that it has remained an iconic 'man's man' drink with TV characters like Don Draper of Mad Men having it as their signature cocktail. It is rumored that even though variations of the drink had been around for a while, the old fashioned originated in the bar of a Kentucky gentlemans club. It was created to honor a southern bourbon distiller hence why the original recipe is made with bourbon.
All that aside, a properly made old fashioned is world changing because even though it only contains 3 ingredients, each of those come together to accent the flavors of the alcohol and produce an amazing drink that not only tastes great but is smooth on the palette.
Recently a friend of mine asked if we could make a tequila old fashioned. At first I thought about the bourbon version sugar, angostura bitters and bourbon and then quickly thought,
If i'm making a drink to accent the tequila then we can't use ingredients made to accent bourbon
With that the tequila old fashioned was born. It has a similar taste to a caiparinha -with far less work- but if you use a smokey tequila or mezcal then it gives it a truly unique flavor while still retaining that smooth quality.
1 tsp Agave Nectar
Lime Wedge (approx 1/8 of a lime) Not juice. The oils from the skin add flavor.
3 dashes of angostura bitters (For the more adventurous, mole or aztec chocolate bitters can be used)
Pinch of coarse salt
1 - 2 ounces of tequila or mezcal
- In a low ball glass, muddle the agave, lime, and bitters until the agave has incorporated with the liquid.
- Put 2-3 large ice cubes in the glass with the mixture.
- Pour the tequilla over the ice
- Sprinkle with coarse salt