Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The good:  tequila, and a nice anejo tequila at that.  It's fan friendly and has mass appeal.
The bad:  Amaro.  It's not bad, really.  I love it, but for the majority of people, it can be scary.  What is it?  A semi-bitter Italian liqueur flavored with herbs
The ugly:  Cynar.  It's a VERY bitter artichoke-based aperitif and can be tricky to work with.
It sounds like a funky mix of ingredients, and is!   And yet it all comes together in an unusually delicious cocktail for winter that's well-suited for before dinner quaffing .

1 oz. Anejo Tequila
1.5 oz. Amaro (try Nonino and then Averna...both make a very different cocktail)
1/2 oz. Cynar
1 oz. POM Wonderful pomegranate juice
1/2 oz. lime juice
1/2 oz. blood orange juice
1/2 oz. Egg White
Optional:  bar poon of cane syrup
Shake very well for at least 3 seconds, strain into large, chilled cocktail glass or wine glass
Garnish with 4 fresh pomegranate seeds, floating on top of cocktail, and a twist of lime

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