Cinco de Mayo is the best time to serve up some excellent cocktails for you and friends, and you will no doubt use tequila as a main ingredient. Don Julio is one of the top tequilas out there today, and they have several new recipes for you to consider this Cinco de Mayo.
The two recipes we will discuss today are the Mexican Sun, which was created by Eddie Fuentes, and Abuela’s Old Fashioned, which was also created by Mr. Fuentes. Each cocktail is quite involved, so you’ll need to be sure and be precise with each measurement and step.
In order to create a Mexican Sun, you will need to have on hand Don Julio Añejo, fresh squeezed lime juice, pink peppercorn syrup, carrot juice with fresh turmeric, mezcal spray, candied ginger, marigold petals, fresh pink peppercorn, lemon verbena, a shaker, ice and Collins glass.
To create the pink peppercorn syrup, grind two and a half ounces of pink peppercorn into a powder and then add into a medium sized saucepan over high heat. Cook until it is lightly roasted and then add 16 ounces of ginger root juice and bring that to a boil.
Turn the heat off, add 32 ounces of sugar and stir it until the sugar has been dissolved. Let the mixture sit until it cools and then double strain through cheesecloth and a fine strainer. Lastly, bottle and store the mixture for 30 minutes.
Next, add one and a half ounces of Don Julio Añejo, one half ounce of fresh squeezed lime juice, one half ounce of pink peppercorn syrup and one third of an ounce of carrot juice with fresh turmeric into a shaker that has ice. Shake the contents until you are satisfied with the mixture.
Pour the mixture into your Collins glass, and spray it with a mescal top. Lastly if you’d like, garnish the drink with a lemon verbena, candied ginger, marigold metals and top with fresh ground pink peppercorn.
The second drink we’ll talk about is the Abuela’s Old Fashioned. In order to create this drink, you will need to have Don Julio Reposado, buñuelo syrup, angostura bitters, chocolate mole bitters, an orange and lemon twist, old fashioned glass, ice and stirrer.
First, you’ll need to make some buñuelo syrup and then you’ll need to crack 2 cinnamon sticks and one vanilla stick and 2 star anise, and add them into a pot that contains two cups of water. Set the stove to high and let it boil for 10 minutes.
Next, add four cups of sugar and stir it until it dissolves. Drop the heat so the mixture can simmer for one minute, and then strain everything into a large container where you will then add one fourth of a teaspoon of lemon juice and then let cool once more.
Finally, you will then add ice into your old fashioned glass, followed by one and a half ounces of Don Julio Reposado, one third of an ounce of buñuelo syrup, two dashes angostura bitters and one dash of chocolate mole bitters. Stir up the contents and then garnish with an orange and lemon twist, if you’d like.
These are just a few of the delicious and interesting cocktails that you can concoct with Don Julio tequila. For more information on other recipes they have listed, check out their official site.