I’ve kicked myself many times for never participating in the brilliant Mixology Mondays that Paul over at the Cocktail Chronicles put together last year, but my lack of participation has more to do with the fact that Sunday is my one day off – the one day I never seem to have a computer in my lap. But with my sweetie working Mother’s Day brunch today, I’ve got a little time to put together something very special for my first (and hopefully not last) foray into Mixology Monday. Here we go!
Since I manage a Latin-American restaurant bar, I have a special place in my heart for tequila. However, you don’t find too many drinks in the book other than margaritas, El Diablos, Brave Bulls, Dirty Mothers and tequila gimlets. Now, considering half those drinks are nasty, half never get ordered, and the other one is a margarita, I thought I’d come up with something else.
I’ve always liked the flavors that grapefruit contributes to silver tequila, and I had recently been playing with making my own grapefruit bitters. A silver tequila collins is one of my favorite summer coolers, so this seemed like a happy little marriage to me.
I originally named this drink Santa Cruz after the city near where I grew up, but after checking the CocktailDB, I discovered that a Santa Cruz is a similar drink made with white rum. So I made like the producers of The Lost Boys and renamed it Santa Carla. Try making this one by the pitcher this summer. Sprigs of mint would make for a beautiful (and flavorful) garnish.
Thanks to the good folks over at My Bar, Your Bar for letting me participate in this, my first ever Mixology Monday!
Santa Carla Print Me
- 2 oz silver tequila (I've been using Corzo)
- 1 oz fresh lemon juice
- .75 oz simple syrup
- 3 dashes grapefruit bitters
- Build drink in a 14-ounce collins glass filled with ice. Top with sparkling water (I like to use San Pellegrino) and garnish with a lemon wheel and mint sprig (optional).
Recipe printed courtesy of jeffreymorgenthaler.com