Cocktail – Monsoon Bloom

Yep, it seems I’m still enamored with Sotol at cocktail time.
This is the latest version (IV), and I think I’ve nailed it! Maybe now I will move on to a different spirit? Hmmm.
I was inspired to go back to this by the piece in NY Times by FlorenceFabricant about the 3 lesser-known agave spirits (gracias – FINALLY!). Recognition of the beautiful regional spirits from some of the other Mexican states – you tequila lovers are in for a treat. Try these, they are SO hip.

This is what I made.

Monsoon Bloom

2 oz          Sotol reposado (Ochos Cientos esta el mejor)
1 oz           lemon juice
½ oz         Xolotl Almendra, or other almond liqueur that is not overly sweet
¼ oz         pineapple demerara simple syrup (or use maple syrup)
2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
¼ oz          egg whites

Shake all ingredients together with ice until shaker is very cold. Strain into a martini glass rimmed with Fresh Origins hibiscus and/or mint mini-crystals – which you can get here– and slush clapped mint into the drink as garnish.

Makes 1 cocktail

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