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Yes, tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo and as I sit here writing this weeks Friday Fare, I can swear that I hear the blenders blending, the ice clinking, and can taste the distinctive combo of fresh lime and tequila. For a drink so simple in its ingredients, cocktail enthusiasts have been battling over its variations for years. Blended vs. On the Rocks, Cointreau vs. Triple Sec, Patron vs. Don Julio, and most important of all; Salt vs. No Salt! Each will vehemently tell you that theirs is the right and only way to mix up this refreshing libation. I offer you my favorite version below. Simple, easy to make, and delicious. Oh, and for my taste, “On the rocks and hold the salt”.
- Salt, for rimming the glass (optional)
- 1 1/2 ounces tequila (Blanco, 100 percent agave)
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/2 ounce Cointreau (not Triple
- If using salt, place in a shallow dish. Moisten the rim of a rocks glass with a dampened paper towel, dip in salt.
- Fill the glass with ice; add tequila, lime juice, and Cointreau; and stir a few times until chilled. Serve immediately.
Everything is crossed off your holiday “To Do List” and it’s time to sit back, turn up the volume on those Christmas tunes and enjoy all that you have accomplished. This weeks Friday Fare is just what Santa ordered, a holiday twist on the traditional Manhattan. Who can say no to cherries and chocolate. Cheers!
BLACK FOREST MANHATTAN
MAKES ONE COCKTAIL
FOR THE CHERRY SYRUP:
1 cup sour cherry juice, plus more for rim of glass
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup kirsch (cherry-flavored liqueur)
1 tsp. cocoa powder
1 tsp. superfine sugar
3 oz whiskey
4 dashes chocolate bitters
1 pitted sour cherry, to garnish
1. Make the cherry syrup: In a saucepan, bring cherry juice and granulated sugar to a boil; remove from heat. Allow to cool. Stir in kirsch. Chill.
2. Rim the glass: In a small bowl, mix the cocoa powder and superfine sugar. Pour the mixture onto a plate. Pour some cherry juice into a wide, shallow bowl. Dip the rim of a
martini glass into the juice, then dip it into the cocoa mixture to create a thin chocolate ring.
3. Make the cocktail: In a cocktail shaker 3/4 filled with ice, add whiskey, 3/4 ounces cherry syrup, and bitters. Shake vigorously until well-chilled. Pour into rimmed martini glass. Garnish with cherry.