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As cocktail caterers, our job and our intuition dictate that we deliver eye-catching cocktails that indulge and amuse. As we aim to bring an element of surprise to our events, we messed around with a clarified cocktail this week. A crystal-clear cocktail has the aptitude to not only pamper but also completely shock our taste buds – a perfect fix for those times we like to play with people’s expectations.
However, fixing up a flashy translucent cocktail for events turned out to be a challenging endeavor. Most known clarification methods, such as milk clarification and filtering with agar-agar are very time-consuming techniques that produce an insufficient, for event bartending, amount of liquid. (just try to clarify 1/2 gallon of lime juice and you’ll see what I am talking about)
Using a centrifuge might be the best method to strip the color of juices and syrups (and produce sufficient amounts of product). However, centrifuges can be very pricey, which is huge drawback.
Luckily, we found the ideal ingredient that will for sure revolutionize clarified cocktails for events without breaking the bank – enter the Sūpāsawā.
Made with distilled water, five different types of acid, a little sugar, and just a just pinch of salt, Sūpāsawā is the perfect citrus juice substitute that makes cocktails pop.
Our first experiment with Sūpāsawā was incredibly successful as we took a classic Margarita and turned into a see-through illusion that clearly intends to leave guests wondering “How the hell does this glass of water taste like a margarita?”
How we did it?
For starters, we divided the base between Tequila and Mezcal to add a note of smokiness and complexity.
We elected to sub the Triple Sec with its more aristocratic French cousin Cointreau to heighten the orange flavor and boost the overall proof. (we like our cocktails boozy)
Since our intention was to make this cocktail look like a glass of water, we removed the green of out the equation as we ditched the lime juice and replaced it with Sūpāsawā. Simple Syrup and a dash of Grapefruit Bitters rounded off the cocktail.
Besides its translucence, one of our favorite things about Sūpāsawā is its salt component, as it played very well with both the Tequila and Mezcal in this recipe.
Use clear ice for this recipe to truly showcase the beauty of this crystal clear magic.
Unusual, refreshing, and easy to make, this cocktail will knock your friends’ socks off at your next party. Make it at home or feature it at your next event.
Where to get Supasawa in the U.S.
Clear Intention - Clarified Margarita
- 1.5 oz Tequila Blanco
- .5 oz Mezcal
- .75 oz Supasawa
- .5 oz Cointreua
- .25 oz Simple Syrup
- 1 dash Grapefruit Bitters
Add all ingredients in a cocktail beaker. Add ice and stir. Strain over clear ice in a collins glass. Garnish with a lime peel