Thursday, September 23, 2010

Essential Liquor #25

#25) Tequila - Ah, tequila. Literally everyone has a story. For that reason, it is important to select your tequila stock carefully. Cheap tequila conjures up images of dry heaving on the bathroom floor just by its smell alone, and you can't get the average Wisconsinite to drink a glass of expensive tequila neat, because, well, it's tequila. So Joe needs to have premium tequila that's not to costly to mix. Forget Cuervo, we like Corralejo Blanco or Reposado here in the Lounge. It makes for a solid addition to Cointreau for a great margarita.

But margaritas are too common for our recipes, so I dug out an interesting drink from Peter Bohrmann's Bartender's Guide which is timely for the 50th anniversary of Harper Lee's classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. The Tequila Mockingbird is the most vivid green drink in our repertoire. It has a taste that, for many, is difficult at first. However, like back hair, it tends to grow on a dude whether you like it or not.

Tequila Mockingbird
2 1/2 ounces tequila
1 ounce crème de menthe
1 ounce fresh lime juice

Shake on ice, strain, enjoy.

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