Spicy Casamigos Tequila Cocktail
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Making spicy margaritas can be like playing with fire – fun but a little risky. It seems like everyone is hollering for muddled jalapeños in their tequila cocktails these days, but the reality is that you never know how spicy a jalapeño will turn out to be. Sometimes a whole pepper is not enough to pack a punch and other times a single slice is enough to have you run for the milk. Well, Mikey and I are definitely not the risk takers when it comes down to spicy drinks, so we came up with a spicy tequila concoction that had just the right amount of fury.
Luckily, we didn’t have to look very far for a spicy agent, as we decided to stick with an ingredient that is always available – chili flakes. We started by steeping the chili flakes in Agave syrup and then it got a little sticky, literally. After dipping a pinky in to taste, we knew we had the perfect amount of heat that balanced so well with the sweet agave syrup. After all, we aren’t here to make anyone cry! This syrup is so good, we think it’s safe to say we will be using this bottle again soon…already thinking about spicy Negronis…but before we start drooling let’s hop back on the Tequila train.
For a while, we had a bottle of Casamigo Blanco tequila that someone gave us as a gift, just sitting on our booze shelf waiting for its debut. And today, we finally decide to give George Clooney’ tequila a chance – and what a pleasant surprise it was. To be honest, as bartenders, we are usually the first ones to brush off a brand endorsed by a celebrity, but this tequila is smooth as jazz and that made it a perfect base for our cocktail. Not that he needs our approval but good job Jorge 🙂
Speaking of tequila, we don’t call this cocktail a margarita, but when tequila is involved it’s hard not to include lime as they have a “til death do us part” kind of relationship.
Now, to truly sweep you off your feet with this cocktail, we added cilantro for an herbaceous finish, an egg white for fluffy texture and a mango sugar rim, which we can guarantee will be licked clean before you see the bottom of your glass. And finally, to unite all flavors into one silky and savory hell of a drink, we added orange bitters.
Easy to make, spicy yet gentle, this aromatic tequila concoction is our new favorite summer drink and another bar quality cocktail you can make at home.
Spicy Casamigos Tequila Cocktail
- 2 oz Casamigos Blanco Tequila
- 0.75 oz Chili Flake Infused Agave Nectar (recipe below)
- 0.50 oz Fresh Lime Juice
- 2 leaves Fresh Cilantro
- 1 dash Orange Bitters
- 1 Egg white
- Mango Sugar (see notes)
Rim a martini or a coupe glass with a thick layer of mango sugar
Combine all ingredients except the mango sugar in a cocktail shaker
Add ice and shake vigorously for 20-25 seconds (longer shake is required to break down the egg white)
Double strain through a cone strainer to discard the cilantro leaves
If you have it, squeeze a grapefruit or an orange peel over the drink
Chili Flake Infused Agave Nectar
Pour 25 oz (750 ml. bottle) of agave syrup and add 2 tablespoons of dried chili flakes in a sealable jar. Close the jar, shake well for a minute and then let the pepper flakes sit in the agave syrup for about 20 minutes. Fine strain the syrup through a fine mesh strainer to discard the chili flakes. Pour the spicy agave syrup back in the bottle. When refrigerated, this syrup will be good for up to a month.
We actually made our own sugar for this project by drying out thin slices of mango in the oven for about 6 hours and blending them with sugar in a magic bullet. But if you don’t have the time and energy to do so, this mango sugar by Rokz would do just fine as well.
As a general rule of thumb, be carful with using cilantro in cocktails, as it tends to overpower other ingredients. 2 small leaves is usually more than enough to flavor a cocktail without compromising the overall flavor and aroma
Have some fun with wordplay and give this cocktail a name in the comment section below! Best name “author” will win a very special bottle of bitters.
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