Tuesday, April 2, 2019

la calavera catrina

1 oz Tequila
1 oz Lustau Oloroso Sherry
1/2 oz Bonal Quinquina
1/2 oz Fernet Vallet

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with an orange twist.

Andrea's first cocktail at Estragon two weeks ago was a more recent drink of the day from Sahil Mehta's recipe notebook. With the pair of Mexican ingredients, tequila and Fernet Vallet, Sahil wanted to give this one a touch of elegance to match the agave Manhattan feel; in the end, La Calavera Catrina "the dapper skeleton" was chosen. The name was based off of a work by illustrator, José Posada, who felt that Mexicans were aspiring too much to become European aristocrats. Later, Catrina became a symbol of the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration. With the elegant Spanish and French wine products as the other two ingredients, the name seemed too fit the name's history.
The orange twist added to the sherry's nutty grape on the nose. Next, an off-dry grape and caramel sip danced into a tequila, nutty, and complex bitter gentian swallow.

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