Tuesday, May 17, 2011

mountain dew fizz

2 oz Beija Cachaça
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Agave Nectar
1 Egg White

Dry shake, add ice, and shake again. Strain into a Fizz glass containing 1 1/2 oz of Mountain Dew soda.

Two Sundays ago, Andrea and I attended the Cócteles Latinos event at Trina's Starlite Lounge. The evening honored both the beginning of World Cocktail Week and the 5th birthday of the DrinkBoston blog. Guest bartenders Ben Sandrof and Misty Kalkofen were behind the bar mixing up a handful of drinks and punches that were written up on DrinkBoston. My favorite (besides the Zocalo I had before) was the Mountain Dew Fizz that Ben Sandrof made me. The recipe was crafted by Starlite's co-owner Beau Sturm and apparently started as a tequila Fizz instead of a cachaça one. Beau explained that two of his friends are from Mexico, and they lighten their Margaritas with Fresca, a grapefruit soda; I could definitely see that working especially after we used grapefruit soda in the tequila-based Shadyside Fizz. Since Mt. Dew was on the soda gun, Beau decided to give it a try and the end result was a success; moreover, the soda definitely fit into the bar's playful habit of utilizing less serious ingredients in their drinks.

The Fizz greeted me with a citrus and grassy cachaça aroma. The lime and carbonation's sharpness on the sip and the funky cachaça flavor on the swallow were pleasantly mellowed by the soda and agave nectar's syrupiness and the egg white's smoothness. Even though I am not a big fan of Mt. Dew soda, this drink worked great; I could imagine it working even better with the original concept of grapefruit soda, but regardless, this Fizz was rather refreshing.

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