Tuesday, January 10, 2012

"Smoke Signals" Cocktail Recipe

Manresa’s take on a margarita is the excellent Smoke Signals, a cocktail invented by dining room captain and mixologist Ricardo Huitron. The drink blends tamarind syrup, mezcal, Luxardo maraschino liqueur and lime juice. The smokiness of the mezcal shines through but it’s the interplay of the lime, tamarind and maraschino liqueur that make the drink. Stett Holbrook

Smoke Signals
1.5 oz Del Maguey Mezcal Vida
1 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
1 oz Tamarind Infusion
0.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
• Combine Del Maguey Mezcal Vida, Luxardo Liqueur, Tamarind Infusion, Lime Juice and ice in a cocktail shaker and hard shake.
• Strain into Paris Saucer or Champagne coupe and serve without a garnish.

Tamarind Infusion:
25 oz water
12.5 oz Sugar
6.5 oz Tamarinds (peeled)
• Combine water and tamarinds and bring to a slow boil.
• Add the sugar and stirred until dissolved, some of the pulp from the tamarind will dissolve as well.
• Let cool down and strain.