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This drink is served over cracked ice. There are special bags made specifically for crushing ice, but I suggest using items you probably already have on hand. To make cracked ice, place several ice cubes in a resealable bag. I recommend using thicker freezer style bags. Place a hand towel around the bag. Crush ice by striking the towel covered bag with a muddler, meat tenderizer or wooden rolling pin. Once ice is sufficiently crushed, place the crushed ice in a tall glass and start making your drink.
Don Siegel – recipe by Thomas Waugh
1 ounce Don Julio Reposado Tequila
1/3 ounce Dry Amontillado Sherry
1/3 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
1/3 ounce Agave Nectar Syrup
1 teaspoon Apricot Liqueur
1 teaspoon Mezcal
Place all liquid ingredients except bitters into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend. Strain into tall glass over crushed ice. Add a few dashes of bitters to the top. Garnish with mint sprig.
Don Julio Reposado Tequila Tasting Notes
The Don Julio Reposado tequila goes down smooth, but with a hint of spiciness to it. There are hints of dark cocoa and possibly cinnamon. This is great sipping tequila, but I like to use Reposado tequila in margaritas and other cocktails. The extra layering of flavor brings so much more to the cocktail than blank slate blanco.
The spice notes in this tequila make an ideal canvas for spicy cocktails. Infuse the tequila with peppers. Infuse with seasonal spices such as cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, etc, and use in hot cocoa or seasonal punches.
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