Saturday, March 27, 2010


1 1/2 oz Reposado Tequila (Lunazul)
3/4 oz Ramazzotti
3/4 oz Orange Juice
1 barspoon Cinnamon Syrup (Trader Tiki)
1 dash Orange Bitters (Angostura Orange)

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

The theme for Mixoloseum's Thursday Drink Night on the 18th was "Orange" and for a recipe idea, I thought of the reposado tequila shot with cinnamon-sprinkled orange slice chaser that John Gertsen served us a few months ago at Drink. So to replicate that, I combined tequila, orange juice, and cinnamon syrup; however, the drink needed something extra. That extra was Ramazzotti, an amaro flavored with sweet and bitter orange peels which has some similarities to Amer Picon (and is used in one replica recipe). Ramazzotti also has a wonderful spice signature that includes hints of cinnamon which would help to tie the components together quite well.
The drink ended up a pretty apricot color so to couple its copperiness with the spirit's origin, it got dubbed the Peniques after the Mexican one cent piece. The Peniques' aroma was full of orange oil, tequila, and a caramel sort of note. Cinnamon and orange flavors were on the forefront of the sip with tequila and a lingering cinnamon note on the swallow.

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