Do you ever hear someone describe a drink or recipe you haven’t tried before, and simultaneously think “get in my belly now” and “how on earth will that taste?” When Elizabeth proposed this recipe, the “Sweet, and Yet…” created by our friend Stephanie over at Rosebud Coffee, (who our sister company Ampersand Dinner partnered with earlier this month for a Valentine’s day event), I had that very reaction. I enjoy the taste of cardamom, and I enjoy the taste of citrus. I just couldn’t imagine how those would fit with tequila.
It. Was. Exquisite. And I am not just saying that to be polite.
For me, this was the kind of drink that slips down too easily; the kind I can keep going back for without realizing exactly how many I have tipped back. Needless to say, (but I will say it anyway), I loved it.
The first several times you try it, I would highly recommend drinking this by itself, without trying too hard to match it to food. Like a little at-home happy hour to celebrate the day being over. I say this, because until you are used to the ways the flavors weave together, it would be all too easy to lose some of the complexity to an overpowering food flavor. Once you know this drink like an old friend, then pair away. Drink with appetizers, entrees, and late night snacks (just kidding on that last one). But seriously. If your palate is at all like mine, this will be a favorite. And the upside? It sounds fancy, too.
For tools, I would recommend a shaker, and a basic straining tool. This isn’t a particularly hard drink to master. Enjoy, and send us a quick note to let us know how you like it!
- 1.5 ounces cardamom Cointreau
- 2.5 ounces grapefruit juice
- ¾ ounces sparkling water
- 1 gram orange bitters
- ½ oz orange syrup
- grapefruit peel garnish
- Soak cardamom pods in Cointreau overnight and strain out in the morning.
- When ready to serve, fill a mixing glass ¾ of the way full with ice.
- Add remaining ingredients.
- Stir until the ice starts to melt slightly.
- Strain the cocktail into a glass.
- Top with a grapefruit twist.