Saturday, November 12, 2011

Paloma, Mi Amante

I had been wanting to step up my cocktail-game for a pretty long while now.  The cocktail scene in LA is at a fever high pitch right now and to a certain degree, diluted...but, I digress.  More on that later - maybe.  Step inside of any top notch bar and peruse the cocktail menu  You'll find all kinds ingredients made in-house - tinctures, infusions, simple syrups, bitters, foams, etc.  I mean, if they don't make it there, they manipulate an already great ingredient.  Take bourbon, for instance.  At 1886, you can order an Old Fashioned with plain 'ole bourbon or you can opt to have a variation called  the Honey Nut Old Fashioned, made with peanut infused bourbon.  See where I'm going with this? 
Having tasted so many creative cocktails, coupled with some adroit web surfing, my inspiration to try my hand at some homemade infusions lead me to Tequila por Mi Amante & Paloma, Mi AmanteOne is a Strawberry-Infused Tequila, while the latter of the two, is a variation of the classic Paloma cocktail.  Nothing, as you will see, is difficult in the preparation of these fantastic drinks.  I highly recommend them - especially during the long dog days of summer.  

The results were astonishing.  The first thing I noticed is how much the tequila took on the color of the strawberries.  Then, the aroma and flavor grab me.  This aint no artificially flavored/scented strawberry-vodka from the liquor store that we're talking about here.  This tastes and smells like real strawberries.  But you still taste the tequila, obviously  This isn't strawberry liqueur after all, but Tequila Por Mi Amante.

Now that I have made this, I am eager to try other fruits in a similar fashion.  I think nectarines cherries, raspberries and blackberries would work particularly well...but the options are without limits.  

Tequila Por Mi Amante

1 qt. Strawberries, hulled and quartered.
4 cups (estimate) Tequila - I used Blanco but Reposado is fine. 100% Agave only!
 Mason/Canning/Preserving Jar.

Wash, dry, hull and quarter the strawberries.  Place the strawberries inside of the jar and fill it 80% of the way.  Pour the tequila over the berries and be sure to completely immerse them.  Close lid tightly and refrigerate in a place where you won't be tempted to open the jar before [at least] 3 weeks have elapsed.   I waited forgot about it til 4 whole weeks went by.  Every few days, without opening the jar, agitate it so the berries move around a bit.   Using a strainer and cheesecloth, drain the elixir, squeezing lightly on the strawberries to get every last ounce of goodness out of them.  Your Tequila Por Mi Amante is complete.  Bottle and store in the refrigerator.  It should last 3-4 months but it you made it properly, it'll be a miracle if you don't go through the entire bottle in far lesser time.

 Mason/Canning Jar + Strawberries +


Quality Tequila + Time/Patience =

Tequila por Mi Amante.

What a gorgeous red hue the strawberries impart onto the tequila.

You can enjoy the Infused Tequila as is, on the rocks or in a simple cocktail - like this one.  Paloma, Mi Amante - Tequila por Mi Amante, Lime Juice, Salt & Grapefruit Soda.

Paloma, Mi Amante

Juice from ½ Lime.
Pinch of Salt.
2 ounces Tequila Por Mi Amante
Grapefruit Soda (I used Peñafiel. Jarritos would work as well.)

In a collins glass filed with ice, add a pinch of salt, followed by lime juice and tequila.  Top with the soda and enjoy on a warm summer's day.  Cheers!


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