Friday, December 12, 2014

Cocktail: Vanilla Margarita

Vanilla Margarita

One last drink this week. Here's a summer favorite with a winter twist: aged añejo tequila, dry curaçao (like triple sec but less sweet) and vanilla.

Vanilla Margarita

1 oz. Sauza Añejo Tequila
1 oz. Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
1/2 oz. Del Maguey Vida Mezcal
1 oz. Fresh lime juice
3/4 oz. vanilla syrup (see note below)

Combine tequila, curaçao, mezcal, lime juice and vanilla syrup in a shaker with ice. Shake until cold. Strain into a rocks glass with ice. No garnish.

Note: to make vanilla syrup, bring 1 cup of water, 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1 vanilla bean split down the middle (with seeds scraped into the pan) to boil in a medium saucepan. Turn off the heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Store in the refrigerator for 2 weeks (or longer if you add 1/2 oz. vodka to it. Leave the vanilla bean in the syrup for more vanilla flavor).

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