La Vida Roca

As if regular Patrón is not good enough, they had to go and release Roca Patrón.

Seriously, this shit is not fooling around. Whereas the regular stuff is made with a blend of two different production methods, Roca Patrón is made using only the ancient stone-crushed method. The result is a stronger flavor (and a higher proof!). 

Now that spring is officially here, we got a little inspired to break out the tequila and some fresh strawberries. This quick n' easy cocktail is the result. 

Like with many muddled cocktails, you can choose to strain it (like we did) or leave the chunks of fruit pulp. If you plan on slurpin' this bad boy through a straw we suggest to give it a quick strain through a fine mesh strainer. 

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
muddler
bar strainer
fine mesh strainer
collins glass

ingredients:

2 oz Roca Patrón Reposado
1 oz Licor 43
.5 oz fresh lime juice
.25 oz agave nectar
1 large fresh strawberry
soda water 
strawberry for garnish


method:

Start by muddling one strawberry in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add tequila, lime, Licor 43 and agave nectar. Fill shaker with ice and shake vigorously for at least 15 seconds. Double strain into a collins glass with ice and top with soda water. Garnish with a slice of strawberry.

Emerald Isle

When it comes time for St Patrick's Day, everyone starts thinking GREEN! Green socks, green shirts, green beer. Admit it, you've tried it...only to wake up in the middle of the night with green vomit. 

But while there are many natural ways to make drinks green, sometimes you just need to resort to the old fashioned way - food coloring. In this case, it's with the addition of two brightly-colored spirits; blue curacao and Midori. Both of these often get a bum rap for being 'foo-foo' drink ingredients, but when used in moderation, you can get two great things from them - flavor and color. Especially when you put a ton of rum with them.

In this case, we're using two of our favorite rums from our Tikitober event last October, both from Papa's Pilar. Like with many Tiki Drinks, we're using more than one rum, getting signature flavors from each. 

This drink is not as sweet as it looks and it packs one hell of a punch, with a total of 3.5 oz of booze. So please go easy on them. We wouldn't want you waking up in the middle of the night with green vomit or anything. 

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
jigger
strainer
tiki glass or tumbler

ingredients:

2 oz Papa's Pilar Light Rum
.5 oz Papa's Pilar Dark Rum
.5 oz Licor 43
.5 oz Midori
.5 oz blue curacao
1.5 oz fresh-squeezed oj
.5 oz fresh lime juice
slice of orange and lime for garnish


method:

Combine everything except your garnish in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 15 seconds to chill. Strain into your glass and fill the glass with crushed ice. Garnish and serve. 

Winter Vacation

There's something about a cold weather vacation. Be it a visit to a ski lodge or just a trip to see family up north, it's seeing how cold other people are that sometimes makes you feel a little better about your own winter blues. 

Well, this rum-based refresher might cure those blues, too. Made with Papa's Pilar 24 Dark Rum and a few other goodies, it might surprise you how much depth a rum drink can have.

We first enhanced the natural flavors of this rum with orange marmalade and Licor 43. Licor 43 is a liqueur with vanilla and spice notes, and it's pretty damn tasty. We had the pleasure of taking shots of it at our November 3st of the Month.

And just in case you needed a little extra warmth, we added a little splash of another one of our favorite back bar essentials: Ancho Reyes. Like the name would suggest, it's an ancho chili liqueur and it is damn fine. Not too spicy with a depth of toasty flavor, it's a great secret ingredient to many different cocktails.

 

equipment:

rocks glass
cocktail shaker
strainer

ingredients:

2 oz Papa's Pilar 24 Dark Rum
1 oz Licor 43
.5 oz Ancho Reyes
1 oz fresh-squeezed orange juice
.5 oz orange marmalade

 

method:

Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled shaker and shake to chill. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice and garnish with a slice of orange.