Friday, 20 September 2013

The Boy and His Poison: The Tequila Old Fashioned

This one's coming with an official health warning, I lost two hours of Tuesday evening (I like to dedicate my Tuesdays to the bohemian pursuit of Domestic Sluttery experimentation), a significant portion of my tequila reserves and spent most of Wednesday in a slightly vegetative state thanks to the moreish deliciousness of this beguiling fella... there’s nothing quite so decadent as a Wednesday morning hangover.

I've been desperate to try out the recipe for a while but as a diehard traditional Old Fashioned fan I wasn't quite sure what to expect. It’s one of those cocktails that, whilst superficially easy to construct, has been elevated to a bit of an art-form. I mean this drink gets its own three-minute guest appearance in Mad Men, so why would I suggest the blasphemy of taking it south of the border and pumping it full of tequila and agave? The answer is because the result is a slow-sipping, smile inducing syrupy indulgent treat. So leave all your preconceptions of summery margaritas and gaudy tequila sunrises, this is going to be the adult drink that sees me through the autumn till I can break out the port and brandy for Christmas.

Incidentally, get some huge ice cubes for short drinks like this that you want to keep cool and last. They look amazing and won't dilute your drink.

You'll need
  • 75 ml of good tequila (reposado or blanco)
  • 25 ml Agave nectar (you could probably stretch it to honey but agave tastes a little more subtle in the drink)
  • Angostura Bitters (although experimenting with chocolate bitters gave an even more interesting taste if you have them)
  • Orange peel to flavour and garnish
  • Brandy soaked cherry to garnish
Shake it
  1. Drop the agave, bitters and a slice of orange peel (just speed peel a strip) into the base of a cocktail shaker, then take out the days aggression on it with the end of a rolling pin, crushing the essential oils out of the peel and mixing the bitters with the syrup
  2. Add the tequila and dry shake for a few seconds (if you drop the ice in first it will cause your agave to turn into fudge), then add some ice and shake again.
  3. Strain into an ice-filled glass with one of the cherries, peel another bit of orange zest, squeeze it over the top of the drink and let it sink to the side of the glass.

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