Wednesday, September 26, 2007

15) La Flor

1 oz. Partida Blanco Tequila
1 oz. St. Germain
.5 oz. Strawberry Cointreau

Add all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake for 30 seconds and strain into a cocktail glass.

I know, I know - We're really going to the well too many times. We can't help it, our obsessions have become nearly solipsistic. We'll be breaking out of the rut next week. I promise. Besides, you're getting two for one this week cause I was lazy last week. How great is that? I know! It's Awesome!

This one came when we were sitting around trying to figure out what to use, and H. told Ed that there was a cocktail contest happening the next evening for Partida Tequila so we decided to see if we could do something with that. Our aforementioned St. Germaine fetish kicked into overdrive, and Ed had recently refreshed the supply of strawberry Cointreau so we figured what the hell. We went fairly heavy on the St. Germaine as we wanted it to have a bold presence in the drink and also stand up against the Tequila.

In the initial run we also added .5 oz. of lime juice, something to balance against the Cointreau. It was ok, but I felt the lime juice was too much, and overpowered the more delicate notes of the drink. I told Ed that I thought we were going to have to make up another one and omit the lime juice to see how that went. He was skeptical but indulged me (thanks Ed!). The removal of the lime was a definite improvement. The floralness of the St. Germaine played well against the strength of the Blanco but neither one was too up front. The loss of the lime also let the Cointreau play a role in some subtle spicy/fruity notes as well.

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