La Mezcaleria Cocktails

Friday afternoon, guests at the #OaxacanTasting at La Mezcaleria were treating to some very refreshing and tasty cocktails created by Kelly Ann Woods.

Photo 2014-05-30, 11 02 46Put on in conjunction with the Tequila Expo, the afternoon started with a welcome cocktail, “Spiked Agua Fresca” – Watermelon Thai Basil con piquete (or without).  Garnished with a bright cube of watermelon, it was a great summer splash on a sunny day.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo 2014-05-30, 11 40 58As the food preparation and associated aromas filled the air, along came a palate warmer, “Spring in San Pancho” – Silver Tequila, housemade berry syrup, jamaica, berries and soda. Even a virgin version was a refreshing, fizzy pick-me-up.

When the meal was ready, Chef Susana Trilling’s Enchiladas Oaxaqueño were served with a “Tamarindo Margarita” – Tamarind infused Tequila, lemon, agave, tajine and orange flavours blended into a light and clean tasting Margarita. The flavours softened the usual hard bite of the tequila.

As the spot in the city for Mescal, a visit to La Mezcaleria wouldn’t be complete without sampling some of the Mexican spirit as well.

Kindly mixologist Kelly Ann Woods has shared her recipe for the ” Tamarindo Margarita” so you can enjoy one with your Enchiladas Oaxaqueño, after spending the day making Mole and the Enchiladas you’ll need it.

 

 

IMG_3470Tamarindo Margarita
Rim a rocks glass with Tajin*
Fill with ice
In a shaker, put:
1.5 oz Tamarind infused silver tequila**
0.5 oz triple sec
2 oz lemon juice
1 oz agave syrup
Shake hard for about 30 seconds
Strain into the rocks glass
Garnish with an orange slice
*a common Latin specialty store condiment that is sprinkled on fruit and veggies in Mexico. Made from dehydrated lime, chili and salt.
** dry tamarind can be found in specialty Latin or Indian food stores I blocks. Break off up to a quarter of a brick, put it in a large mason jar, fill with silver tequila and let it sit for 3 days. Then, strain and use.
If you don’t want to make it, head over to La Mezcaleria at 1622 Commercial Drive an try the cocktails first hand.
See what else you can taste and try at La Mezcaleria by following the restaurant on Twitter @LaMezcaleriaYVR , Instagram @LaMezcaleriaYVR and facebook.com/LaMezcaleriaYVR

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