Bitter Critter

We love tequila. We obsess about tequila. We would stalk tequila in the night if we couldn't just go out and buy it at any store. Tequila is very often our personal drink of choice. We suppose that there is a time and place for a margarita, and while shots of tequila are always in order, an interesting tequila cocktail always gets our attention. 

Tequila falls generally into three styles: (by the way we are referring only to 100% de agave tequila. Never ever drink or buy any tequila that doesn't clearly state this on the label. Otherwise you are drinking tequila flavored grain alcohol that will destroy both your insides and your soul) Blanco, which is unaged tequila in its purest form. Reposado tequilas have been aged for up to a year in wooden barrels, which imparts a slight amber color and delicate oak flavor. Anejo tequilas have been aged for a minimum of one year in wooden barrels, and have a deep, rich color and noticably smoky flavor. Each of these tequilas has its own merits, on their own or mixed into cocktails. For our purposes we used an Anejo in order to gain the most robust, distinct tequila flavor. As you will see, our cocktail contains other strong components, and we didn't want anything else to outshine the star of the show.

Equipment:

cocktail shaker or mixing glass
rocks glass
orange peel for garnish

Ingredients:

1.5 oz Trianon Anejo Tequila
1 oz Cocchi Americano Rosa
.5 oz Aperol
.5 oz amaro

Method:

Combine all ingredients in rocks glass filled with ice. Turn rocks glass into shaker or mixing glass. without shaking or stirring, return contents to rocks glass and garnish with orange peel.