Southbound Suarez

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Man, there are few things out there more polarizing to people than creamy drinks. And it’s funny, you know, because I think it’s a pretty universal thing that our mouths just water at the sight of a creamy cocktail. Look at a properly made Ramos Gin Fizz. Or a White Russian. Or Egg Nog. How delicious do they look?

But then there’s this guilty feeling that I think kicks in for most people, where it’s like, “I can’t justify drinking something that contains a bunch of fucking cream.” And I get it, I totally do. Personally, I also try to save up those points and spend them during the holidays.

But there’s no getting around the delicious factor. So what about alternatives? I like almond milk in my coffee. I even make my own at home. But one creamy substitute that I can’t live without in my life is horchata. See the previous post for more on that. Anyway, as someone who has been making drinks for almost half of his life at this point, I had to try making something with horchata.

My partner in crime at Clyde Common is a gentleman named Benjamin Amberg. But we all call him (among other things), simply Banjo. Banjo and I have a great way of working on cocktails together. It’s very collaborative, and nobody gets too attached to an idea if a better one comes along. (I wrote more about this process for Playboy, check it out)

And so it happened that we started working on our new horchata cocktail. And, of course, we broke out all of the typical formulas that we’d both seen on menus before: aged rum and horchata; aged tequila and horchata; variations on a White Russian with horchata instead of cream. And none of them were working, and we were about to scrap the whole idea.

But then we had a thought: what if instead of a flabby, creamy drink, we did something more bright and citrusy? We certainly hadn’t seen that done before, and we know rice milk isn’t going to curdle the way cream would. And suddenly, within minutes, we’d assembled what is quickly becoming one of our most popular new drinks, the Southbound Suarez. Named after our favorite song on our least favorite Led Zeppelin album, I like to think the same stands of a reminder of just how tough this one was to create.

Southbound Suarez Print Me

  • 1½ oz. reposado tequila
  • ½ oz. agave syrup
  • ½ oz. lime juice
  • 1 tsp. Becherovka
  • 1½ oz horchata
  1. Combine ingredients with ice cubes and shake until cold. Strain over fresh ice in an Old Fashioned glass and garnish with a lime wedge.

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19 Replies to “Southbound Suarez”

  • Yeah that sounds amazing. Sign me up. Going to try and make one after I finally make your horchata, and then buy a bottle of Becherovka (which has been a long time coming).

  • Josh says:

    I faithfully use your horchata recipe in the bar at a Mexican restaurant I work at and we all believe it’s the best one we’ve found yet. I’ve been waiting for your horchata cocktail!! Thanks Jeff !!
    P.s will a Milagro reposado work well here?

  • Neil says:

    Took me a minute but I tracked down some Becherovka, now I just need to pick it up. Loved this drink when I had it, thanks!

  • Brock says:

    Interesting cocktail Sir. I’ll have to give it a whirl.

    In my humble opinion, In The Evening is the best song on that album!

  • gelfand says:

    I’m Gonna Crawl is a pretty good song, too.

  • Elisheva Blumenfeld says:

    Again inspiring! I bought the book, great! Thank you for sharing.

    But why are Americans so afraid of fat? Alcohol has a lot of calories too you know? 😉

  • Robert says:

    Sounds like a great drink! Is it still worth making if I don’t have becherovka?

  • gelfand says:

    I’ve also done a Fool in the Rain cocktail (dark and stormy variation). Great song. Karaoke staple. But, yes, not the best overall album. A little too much synth.

    But also, I’m drinking this one the next time I see you. Even if it’s not at your bar.

  • micah says:

    sheesh. last time i saw Becherovka i was doing a “lean back” at The Pontiac in HK poured deftly by a ‘shorter fella’ in a purple/green tuxedo & top hat whilst he danced on the bartop.

    *see beckalyfranks for more info

  • Brock says:

    Micah: Ha ha!…you were in the Navy too I see.

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