1.5 oz. Tequila (Herradura Silver)
1 oz. Cocchi Americano
.75 oz lemon juice
.25 oz cinnamon spiced agave simple syrup *(recipe below)
Shake all ingredients over ice. Double strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon zest.
While the bottles and branding may have changed (the topmost picture is the old bottle design), Herradura Silver remains a top choice for mixing when it comes to tequila cocktails. The Silver is aged 45 days, and results in a mild agave vegetal spirit, that is not overly grassy or oily. The slightly woody flavors imparted from the brief aging are heightened with the addition of the spiced raw agave syrup. The lemon juice provided contrast and assisted in pulling out smokier notes not first apparent. The Cocchi stretched an excellent canvas for the other ingredients, and contributed its own handful of botanicals . Dry vermouth can be substituted for the Cocchi for those not lucky enough to have access to it, though it adds some sweetness so you may have to adjust the spiced agave syrup accordingly (Recipe assumes 1:1 water:agave ratio). This cocktail is a good showcase for a solid Joven (Silver) tequila that demonstrates its mixability and accesibility.
*Cinnamon Spiced Agave Syrup
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup raw agave syrup
Warm mixture in microwave. Steep 1 broken ceylon stick for 2-5 minutes. Strain. Bottle. Store in fridge. Lasts 7-10 days.