Lo and behold, it’s another Mixology Monday! This 35th incarnation is being hosted by The Scribe at A Mixed Dram, and he bids us: Broaden Your Horizons. Try a new base spirit, a new technique, anything, just as long as it’s something new for you.
The Scribe is apparently precognitive, because the base spirit he gave as an example, tequila, is one that’s fairly foreign to me. Just last week I put up my first post that included tequila. In that post, I included a drink that was new to me, the Witch’s Kiss, but not an invention of my own. Because I’ve never tried to create a tequila cocktail.
Well, that’s not exactly true. I did once create a cocktail that included tequila. After trying the Piscadora, and reading that tequila went well with creme de cassis, I tried mixing tequila, lime juice, crème de cassis, and ginger beer. It was fantastic! I was so excited to share this new drink.
Luckily, I did a little research before posting about it, and turns out, I’d gone full circle. The Piscadora was probably inspired by the Diablo, a well-known drink.
Since then, I haven’t had the heart or incentive to experiment with tequila. Thanks to MxMo, now I do!
At first, I thought I might try to work on what I knew went well with tequila. If orange liqueur mixed well for a margarita, maybe apricot liqueur would also work. I tried both Orchard Apricot and Marie Brizard’s Apry, and both were total duds. The apricot flavor and the tequila just didn’t blend well, and in fact turned rather unpleasant in my mouth.
I had promised myself I would not resort to crème de cassis, but I wanted something with a strong flavor to take on the tequila. That’s when I thought I might try Cherry Heering. Heering can quickly dominate a drink, but in small quantities, brings a lot of rich flavor. To add some depth, I added some Licor 43 (Quarenta y Tres). To make it a little drier and less potent, I added some dry vermouth. And finally added some Angostura orange bitters to add more balance and some brightness on the nose. I was very satisfied with the result.
1.5 oz platinum tequila (Inocente)
0.5 oz Licor 43
0.5 oz dry vermouth
0.25 oz Cherry Heering
2 dashes Angostura orange bitters
Stir over ice and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with brandied cherries.
The tequila is still present in this cocktail, but the Cherry Heering and Licor 43 bring a nice roundness and softness to it, which the vermouth keeps it from being too sweet.
As for the name, Paquimé is an archaeological zone in Chihuahua, Mexico. It’s also the name of a cooperative that is picking cherries that are being grown in Chihuahua. So in honor of them, I name the drink.
A big thanks to the Scribe for suggesting that we broaden our horizons. It’s always fun to be encourage to expand my repetoir, and this experiment taught me a lot about how to match flavors. Be sure to check out A Mixed Dram for the round-up post!