Thirsty Thursday: Tequila Diaz
MUSIC PAIRING: Jack Johnson, On and On
Bringing red wine chocolate cake to a party is certainly one way to make friends. However, when you come bearing that and a homemade tequila cocktail, suddenly you’re the most popular person in the room. Chocolate and booze are probably the only guaranteed friend-makers so you better start perfecting your game and make both of these recipes immediately.
I already told you all about Melissa hosting us for dinner, which was my excuse to
bake and coerce people into liking me make that wonderful chocolate cake, so today we’re focusing on the Tequila Diaz, named after her of course. She had wanted to do a tequila cocktail of some sort in addition to cook so I offered to make it instead. I was thinking that fresh, tart flavors would pair well with her Dominican specialties and I was right!
This is a very easy cocktail and you can substitute whatever you’d like. You crazies out there who hate cilantro (hello again, Erica) don’t have to use it here, just replace it with another fresh herb that you do like. Mint would be nice in this!
Why Jack Johnson? This cocktail teased me. It made me think of sitting on the beach and that’s just cruel considering we have no signs of Spring yet. Jack Johnson is perfect for that beachside relaxation so I put him on so I could pretend I was anywhere other than NYC.
- Juice of 2 limes
- Juice of 1 1/2 pink grapefruits
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Fresh cilantro
- Club soda
- Juice citrus and strain into a small saucepan with the sugar. Bring to a boil and then lower to a simmer for 5 - 7 minutes so that the juice begins to reduce and concentrate. Set aside to cool. (I got almost exactly two cups out of this but obviously this will vary depending on how juicy your fruit is.)
- When ready to serve, tear off a small bunch of cilantro and muddle it in the bottom of your serving glass. Add ice and desired amount of tequila and citrus juice. Be sure to taste as you go and once you've found the balance you like, top with club soda and give it a stir.
- My concentrated juice turned out exactly how I wanted it, heavy on the tart side with subtle sweetness and a nice balance of both grapefruit and lime. However, Allison reminded me that because tequila has sweet notes by nature, it sort of swallowed up the separate flavors in my juice. It was still delicious but next time, I'd definitely add another lime, lessen the sugar and use a less sweet grapefruit such as white. I honestly won't complain about having to make this again, that's for sure.