Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Tequila Tuesday: The 'Jalisco'

This week is a continuation of recipes from the 'Cafe Royal' cocktail book, by W.J. Tarling. It also has a more well known contemporary version, but I will get to that, first here is a fantastic quote from the preface that describe the sanctuary that a place can have, and insights into how to make it happen:

"The Cafe had its own sort of domesticity, a home from home. The afternoon sleep of the famous musical director was gently broken by the ting-ringing of a spoon on a balloon glass. For the staff had to be confidants, friends and diplomats at times of need, experts in the straightening of curious complications and disputes, hierophants of the genius of conviviality.."

This 'Tequila Tuesday' the beverage we will make is an excellent morning/ brunch sipper--juicy, fresh and easy. The recipe looks like this:


2 Oz Purasangre Tequila Blanco
1 Oz Orange Juice
1/4 Oz Grenadine (**)

Shake with ice till very cold, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

**Make your own grenadine:4 Oz Pomegranate Juice, 4 Oz Sugar Shake until clear--simple; I usually add 2 Oz pomegranate liqueur to it to preserve it, but not needed. There are better, more complicated recipes, but this is so much better than most stuff you buy--and easy.

Now even the most uninitiated bartender will recognize this as what is currently known as a "Tequila Sunrise". Some may even point out that the "Tequila Sunrise" was invented around the same time as this cocktail, that is true, but that "Tequila Sunrise" was not made with this recipe. The original was -tequila, lime juice, creme de cassis and soda water (created by Gene Sulit at the Arizona Biltmore). The version with OJ & Grenadine was invented in the 70's by Bobby Lazoff and Billy Rice at the Trident restaurant in Sausalito California. So let's reclaim both of these originals... The original Tequila Sunrise is actually a very tasty beverage. The Jalisco is just and easy to enjoy beverage. I still float the grenadine to the bottom, I think it is pretty.