That One Drink You Probably Can't Make at Home

I want your most complex, interesting, challenging cocktails, preferably something involving an infusion, or "housemade" ingredient.
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March 11, 2016
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Greetings fellow imbibers, and welcome back to another cold and frosty installment of That One Drink. Last week, we sung the praises of those beverages you have to convince people to try, even though you know that they are awesome. (Honestly, why won't people just trust?)

True hero ~sarah p. emerged victorious with a creamy, dreamy avocado margarita situation.

I was once served a tequila and avocado cocktail by a friend. It took a little convincing, but it was rich, velvety, and went great with tacos (#1 predictor of a rockin' beverage). I asked her for quantities, but she told me to just "feel it out". She makes it in batches, instead of individual cocktails. Blend a huge handful of ice with: an avocado, about four squeezed limes, 6-8 shots of silver tequila, 4-ish shot glasses of water, and 4-ish shots of agave syrup. Serve with a sprig of fresh thyme rammed in the bottom of the glass, and rimmed with chunky salt.

This one took a little sussing out, but I'm pretty happy with the results.

Claire's Ratios for an Avocado Margarita (makes 2):

  • 3 ounces tequila
  • 1/4-1/2 of an avocado, depending on how thick you'd like your drink to be
  • the juice of one lime
  • 1 ounce of agave syrup
  • 1-2 ounces of water
  • 5 large ice cubes

Chuck everything in a blender (I used an immersion blender) and let it whirl. Pour into a salt-rimmed glass and drink up, my friends.

I'm pretty fond of this beverage. It's velvety, creamy, slightly sweet, and quite different from how I'm used to drinking tequila. I will say that this drink is best enjoyed very cold, for viscosity reasons. That's easy to take care of though, because ice exists.

This silky little number and its crusader need a trophy, and that trophy is "When Your Write" by Ten In The Swear Jar, not because it has anything to do with avocados but because I'm just really enjoying this song right now. (And I am also really enjoying this beverage! It works!)

Next topic!

If you follow me on social media, or read my blog that I update sporadically, you've probably notice that I go to a little establishment known as "Double Dragon" quite a bit. I'm actually worried that the bartenders all think that I am some feral woman-child with no home, but they're very nice about it. In addition to great ramen and a slaw dog that I'm fairly obsessed with, they have a great cocktail program, and I often find myself paying twelve freaking dollars for a beverage named "Wildcat. Pow!"

It's smokey, sweet, salty, bitter, and acidic, and it is one of my favorite things. It's also dangerously close to my house. Yes, it is pricey, but there's a lot going on there and, though I might be able to replicate something close at home, I don't really want to. It gets me out of my apartment and into the outside world, and that is very important. (Also, I'm sure I mentioned this already, but I read recently that it is healthy to be a "regular" at a drinking establishment.)

So even though I'm happy to let the fine staff at Double Dragon make the Wildcat. Pow! for me, I want to make some of your favorite fancy beverages for you, so that you may make them for yourself if you so desire. I want your most complex, interesting, challenging cocktails, preferably something involving an infusion, or "housemade" ingredient. Go crazy.