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Tequila in 10: Well it’s about time …

… that after six days of exploring tequila-based drinks that we finally take one on that includes citrus.  So be it, we are throwing our hands in the air and giving in, yielding our barspoon to a mixing tin.

By design, Tequila in 10 was largely going to be a boozy stirred affair with but one offering containing citrus juice.  Given this we felt compelled to scour our recipe notes and prior thoughts for a tequila-based recipe that would do wonders to both key ingredients.  Pressure mounting, many a sleepless night later, we awoke in a fit with the simplest of conclusions – salvation is right in front of you.  So it was, when writing up one of my posts for Old Fashioned’s in October that I caught sight of a recipe name scribbled on the corner of my recipe notebook; memories came flooding back instantly and I realized I had the one recipe at reach all along … the Greta Garbo.

What is so good about this seemingly simple (on paper) drink as to warrant inclusion into our little experiment? Simple really, this quasi play on a Blood and Sand, created by Eryn Reece of Mayahuel in NYC, is a downright tasty drink that is a perfect balance of ingredients.  Typical tequila-based sour ingredients are shaken up with two unexpected newbies creating a fantastic drinking experience.  The drink is equal parts sweat, sour and bitter at the same time.  Cherry is a nice compliment to the tequila with the smokiness of the mezcal cutting through nicely.  The citrus while fully present isn’t the key flavor in this drink but rather something you taste coming on in the after palate; a supporting flavor not the lead character.

Well done Eryn, this is my go-to summer sipper when heat calls for something shaken with citrus.

Greta Garbo  
Recipe created by Eryn Reece and adapted by theSpeakista

•    1 oz reposado tequila
•    3/4 oz Cherry Heering
•    1/2 oz mezcal
•    1/2 oz lime juice
•    1/4 oz agave nectar
•    2 dashes aromatic bitters (Bitter Truth Aromatic bitters)
Garnish: none
Glass: coupe or other cocktail glass
Tools: mixing tin and glass, Hawthorne strainer and tea strainer

Assembly: add all of the ingredients to the mixing glass/tin and shake hard for at least ten seconds if not longer until well chilled.  Double-strain the mixture into the serving glass, sip and enjoy.

Not bad … citrus + tequila equaled a pretty nice time.  We are heading into the home stretch now with but three drinks left and tomorrow theSpeakista finds himself having a flash back.

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{ 2 comments… add one }

  • SpiritedAlchemy January 27, 2012, 7:52 pm

    Sounds delicious! The flavor of the heering must play well with the smokiness of the mezcal. Will need to have one soon.

  • KeithP January 29, 2012, 4:14 pm

    Cherry works really well with both tequila and mezcal. While a sour, the “greta garbo” is one of the least citrus forward I’ve found … sure it is there but it seems to blend in with everything else. a very well balanced drink.

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