As I mentioned on Sunday, I set out last week to make a drink in honor of National Margarita Day on February 22nd, and I ended up with three recipes instead of just one! Admittedly, today’s and this weekend’s recipes can only really be called cousins of the margarita, but they all share something in common– Casa Noble Tequila.
Today’s cocktail, The Night We Met (named in honor of one of Lord Huron‘s new singles), is my attempt to re-create a drink I had nearly two years ago at the Two Sisters Bar and Bookstore in San Francisco. The drink is called Smoke & Flowers, and it still floats to mind whenever I think about tequila-based cocktails. According to their online drink menu, the Smoke & Flowers contains hibiscus-infused tequila, mezcal, lemon, lime, simple syrup, and Maldon salt. I didn’t have all of these ingredients at home, so I had to make some substitutions. Ultimately, the drink I came up with isn’t a perfect replica, but I think it is delicious in its own right and distinct enough to get its own name.
As the back-bone for The Night We Met, I used Casa Noble’s Crystal tequila made from 100% agave. Let me just quickly say– this is one of the smoothest tequilas I’ve ever had. Plus it comes in a beautiful, hand-blown bottle. Instead of making an infused-tequila, I brewed a strong cup of hibiscus tea from Tazo. The tea, known as Passion, is actually a hibiscus blend, containing orange peel, rose hips and passion fruit flavors. For the citrus, I opted to forgo the lemon to highlight the tart lime flavor. Finally, I used a barspoon of Bowmore Islay scotch to mimic the smokiness of mezcal.
The Night We Met
-2 oz tequila blanco (100% agave)
-2 oz hibiscus tea, strongly brewed
-1/2 oz simple syrup
-1/2 oz lime juice
-1 barspoon of an Islay scotch (I used Bowmore but Laphroaig is also a good option)
-salt, to taste
-lime slice for garnish
Combine first five ingredients into a boston shaker. Add salt to taste. Shake well, and strain. Serve with a lime slice.