Tuesday, August 9, 2011

alice in wonderland no. 2

1 1/2 oz Strawberry-infused Tequila (*)
3/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse
3/4 oz Maraschino Liqueur
1/2 oz Lime Juice
5-6 Basil Leaves

Shake with ice and double strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a fresh basil leaf.
(*) 2 part tequila, 1 part strawberry. Infuse for 4 weeks, strain, and bottle.

Two Mondays ago, Andrea and I ventured down to Estragon for their Spanish Sip night. The event was billed as a bar-stool voyage across the globe that featured ten original cocktails displaying some sort of Spanish influence around the world. The first one that caught my eye was the Alice in Wonderland No. 2 which reminded me of another drink tour, that of Charles H. Baker, Jr. The Alice in Wonderland No. 2 featured a strawberry-infused tequila that reminded me of Baker's Tequila por Mi Amante that he had in Mexico back in 1937. Bartender Sahil Mehta described the drink as "A nod to Alice Waters and California's cornucopia of fresh produce, with a dash of the Hatter."
The Alice in Wonderland No. 2 began with a strawberry aroma that was supplemented by Maraschino and Yellow Chartreuse notes. The sip was a sweet fruity lime flavor that was followed by the strawberry, tequila, and Maraschino elements. Moreover, the Yellow Chartreuse paired up with the basil to provide a lingering herbal note at the end. When I let Andrea have a sip, she commented that it was "one of the most polite tequila drinks I've ever had."

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