Tuesday, February 28, 2017


2 oz Siembra Azul Blanco Tequila (Avion)
3/4 oz Dolin Blanc Vermouth
1/2 oz St. Germain (St. Elder)
1 dash Orange Bitters (Regan's)

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail coupe pre-rinsed with Del Maguey Mezcal Vida (Sombra), and garnish with grapefruit oil.
Two Tuesdays ago, I was in the mood for something stirred and smooth, so I reached for the Death & Co. Cocktail Book. There in the agave section, I stopped upon the Saramago crafted by Phil Ward in 2008. The name pays tribute to Portuguese writer José de Sousa Saramago, and Phil honored one of Saramago's books with a Negroni variation called Baltasar and Blimunda. Here, the Saramago was a Tequila Martini variation that began with smoky agave accented by bright grapefruit oil aromas. Next, the vermouth's white wine was sweetened by the liqueur's sugar content on the sip, and the swallow paired agave and floral flavors.

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