When we started our flower water cocktail experiments, tequila was the first spirit we reached for. A good blanco tequila is much more mixable than folks give it credit for. It's a perfect vehicle for the subtle flavors of orange flower water.
A by product of the distillation process used to produce orange flower oil, orange flower water can be found at many Middle Eastern markets or online at Amazon. Outstanding in cakes and desserts, it's one of our favorite ingredients in cocktails as well. Best known for its inclusion in the classic Ramos Gin Fizz cocktail, it adds a floral bitterness. While it might smell a little like blue-hair old lady perfume, the flavor is significantly more complex with pleasant soapy and bright bitter notes. A little goes a long way, so if you're experimenting, try adding less before you add more. Deal?
cocktail mixing glass
2.5 oz blanco tequila
.25 oz orange flower water
.25 oz orange liqueur
.5 oz fresh-squeezed orange juice (fresh is best!)
strip of orange peel for garnish
In a cocktail mixing glass filled with ice, add tequila, orange flower water, orange liqueur and orange juice. Stir for 20-30 seconds to chill. Place a few ice cubes in a chilled rocks glass and strain cocktail into glass. Express oils from the peel above the cocktail and place into glass to garnish.