Thursday, May 26, 2016


2 oz Siete Leguas Reposado Tequila (Espolon)
1/4 oz Benedictine
1/2 oz Orange Juice
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Orgeat

Shake with ice, strain into a coupe glass, and garnish with an orange twist.

Two Thursdays ago, I turned to the Death & Co. Cocktail Book for my evening's post-work shift nightcap. In the shaken agave section was a Brian Miller recipe from 2009 dedicated to his hardworking bar backs, and he named it the Chingon after the Mexican slang for "bad ass." Overall, the recipe reminded me of the Chasing Fireflies with Benedictine in place of the Green Chartreuse, and also the tequila, orgeat, and lime combination made me think of the Trader Vic classic, the Pinky Gonzalez.
The Chingon presented orange and agave notes to the nose. Next, a creamy orange and lime sip transitioned into tequila accented by Benedictine's herbalness and complemented by orgeat's earthiness on the swallow.

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