Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tequila Tuesday: Tia Juano

Those of you who follow this blog know that I have a deep affection for the 'Cafe Royal' cocktail book, by W.J. Tarling, so for the next few weeks I am going to showcase its classic tequila drinks. Also I will cull some wonderful tidbits to share, like this quote from the preface:

"To those of my readers who wish to know how to make cocktails,

I offer the following advice:
Follow the recipe carefully.
Make sure that you use the exact amount of each ingredient.
Put several pieces of ice in the shaker.
Shake until the outside of the shaker becomes moist with cold.
Pour out the cocktails quickly and see that they are consumed while still quite cold."

This 'Tequila Tuesday' the cocktail we are making is perfect for people who love big, dry, complex drinks. The original recipe looked like this:

Tia Juano
~1/8 Campari.
~3/8 French Vermouth.
~1/2 Tequila.

If I convert the percentages to ounces and stir it, the recipe looks like this:

Tia Juano

2 Oz Purasangre Tequila (Blanco or reposado).
1 1/2 Oz French Vermouth (Dolin or Noilly Prat--Lillet even works here).
1/2 Oz Campari.

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

A few things to point out: (1.) This drink is kind of big, it could be 2 drinks. The ratios are 4 Parts, 3 Parts, 1 Part, so it could be 1 1/3 Oz, 1 Oz, 1/3 Oz . . . but you see where this goes. I personally have no problem with a 4 Oz drink. (2.) The person who named this drink obviously did not speak Spanish because the genders don't agree (the name basically means "Aunt John"). It could also be a joke, a typo or making fun of the soft pink color coupled with the strength, complexity of the drink. Why ever it is called that, it is a tasty drink.

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