Another Saturday evening cocktail with gin. Still working through the gin gifts from last Christmas. This time I used the Ramsbury gin from my brother.
- 8 to 10 fresh mint leaves plus a separate wee sprig for a garnish
- 1/4 floz (1 tsp+) fresh lime juice
- 1/4 floz (1 tsp+) fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp caster sugar
- 2 floz (50ml) gin
- Put the mint, lemon, lime and sugar in the bottom of a tumbler and crush them together
- Add ice, and then the gin.
- Add a garnish of mint
I found the end of a bottle of tequila in the back of the drinks store area. I’ve had it for a while. I had enough to make two small Margaritas. They were so delicious, I may have to buy more tequila.
A note about tequila. It is a distillate of a drink made from the blue agave, which grows wild in Mexico. The process was bought to Mexico by the conquistadors, who set up a distillery in Tequila.
Tequila comes in various types:
- Silver or white tequila, which is clear white, and bottled within 60 days of being distilled.
- Gold tequila (joven) is a caramel colour, and is much the same as silver tequila, with a little colouring and flavouring.
- Reposado tequila has been aged in oak barrels for up to a year, and is generally a lovely golden colour.
- Anejo tequila is aged for between one year and five years
- Mezcal is not specifically a tequila, and may be made from a variety of agave plants. The agave is roasted before the fermentation, adding a smoky flavour. The ‘worm’ is a larva of an insect that lives in the agave plants. It is a sign of authenticity and luck.
- 2 Lime wedges
- Table salt
- 3 floz (75ml) silver tequila
- 3 floz (75ml) fresh lime juice
- 2 floz (50ml) Cointreau
- Lots of ice.
- Rub a wedge of lime around the rims of 2 chilled cocktail or margarita glasses, and salt the rims. Fill the glasses with ice
- Add the liquid ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously until the mixture is very cold.
- Strain into the prepared glasses. Give the lime wedges a bit of a squeeze, and drop them into the margaritas.
A delicious cocktail. The quantities here are enough for two small very potent cocktails.
- 50ml Brandy
- 50ml Cointreau
- Juice of half a lime
- 1 tsp sugar
- Shake all the ingredients together with ice for 2 minutes, and then strain into 2 chilled glasses (or one chilled glass if you have nothing important to do later)