Monday, January 2, 2012

Smoke n' Mirrors

Here's the recipe for a spicy/savory cocktail we featured at the bar a few months ago.  Slightly smokey with some nice heat...the Smoke n' Mirrors:

very small disc of serrano pepper, some seeds left in
8 cilantro leaves
1 oz. home-made pineapple syrup
Muddle gently in bottom of a mixing glass
.75 oz White Grapefruit Juice
.5 oz. Lime Juice
1.5 oz. Silver Tequila
Bar spoon of Mezcal
Shake very well; fine-strain into chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with fresh cilantro sprig and a long lime twist (cut the twist over the top of the cocktail so the oils coat the top of the drink)

I want to try the variation below, possibly resulting in an almost clear cocktail.  Curious how it'll turn out:

Instead of muddling the cilantro and pepper, "quick-infuse" some tequila with serrano and cilantro using this method/technique

Clarify the lime and grapefruit juices using this cool technique, resulting in citrus juice that is almost clear

Can you imagine getting a cocktail that doesn't look like it has any citrus juice, pepper, or cilantro in it (a cocktail that's "almost"clear), but upon tasting it, you realize there's all these wonderful flavors and layers in the drink?  Pretty wild.  Truly a Smoke n' Mirrors!  Looking forward to experimenting with this version and the above techniques soon.


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