Friday, April 11, 2008

Friday 5 o’clock Cocktail – The Tequini

Our friend the Cigar Smoking Man suggested a drink this week that deserves a Friday in the spotlight: The Tequini.

As the name suggests, this is a Martini that is made with Tequila. With Martinis, the supporting ingredients are there to bring out the taste of the primary liquor more than they are to make an impression of themselves.

The Cigar Smoking Man points out on his blog the importance of using bitters (sparingly) in this drink. He also makes a good point about bitters – that bitters are to cocktails as salt is to food.

True enough. Bitters do bring out an extra element in many drinks. Like salt, a little goes a long way. If you’ve put enough in your drink to be able to taste it, then you’ve probably used too much.

Here’s how to make a Tequini:
  • 1 ½ oz of Tequila
  • ½ oz of Dry Vermouth
  • 1 Dash of Bitters (I used Angostura)
Directions: As with all martinis, the method of mixing is to STIR the ingredients gently with ice so you don’t bruise the liquor. Then strain the clear drink into a cocktail glass and garnish with lemon peel.

Also, when you get a chance, you should visit the Cigar Smoking Man’s blog. It’s a great read, even for non-smokers like me.

1 comment:

Tom Ufer said...

Hey, it's me. I just had (6) Tequini's. They just get better with each one.

Tomorrow is my birthday and I will be making the French 75 to celebrate ! I've also saved an Opus Forbidden X as a celebratory smoke.

Hope you have a great weekend !