Friday, May 9, 2014

Cocktail du jour: Spanish Harlem

Tequila is conspicuously absent here on the blog because I'm not a huge fan. One whiff and it brings me back to cheap shots and maddening hangovers. Clearly that was more than twenty years ago and I'm finally able to enjoy the occasional frozen margarita. But I learned my lessons early, avoid cheap liquor and quality over quantity.

To celebrate Cinco de Mayo this week Mr. C&G made me a sophisticated Latin version of the classic Manhattan and I actually liked it. The biting flavor of the tequila (the more expensive the better) mellows with the addition of an equally good (and expensive) red vermouth. A little splash of cherry from our Danish friends sweetens it up and it's a delightfully doable way to sip your tequila.

Spanish Harlem
1 1/2 oz añejo tequila
1 oz red vermouth (Antica Formula Carpano)
1/4 oz Cherry Heering
dash angostora bitters

Add all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice
Shake and strain into a cocktail (or brand new coupe) glass
Garnish with a Luxardo cherry

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