A Warm Rich Drink for the Tropics

by Lisa Overman
( November 16th, 2007 )

This is the second in a series of drink recipes.

Even in the tropics we get cool windy evenings. Tonight was one of them and it was the perfect night to serve a warm rich drink. If you read the first in my series of my drink recipes, you might remember that I planned to invite a group of friends over to taste test. Tonight was that night, we started our evening off by taste testing a Heated Affair made with Partida Tequila.

A Heated Affair
2 oz Partida Anejo Tequila (we substituted Partida Reposad
6 oz Hot Spiced Cider
Heavy Cream
In a small warm wine glass or mug add Tequila and hot apple cider mixture. Float heavy cream on top and garnish with fresh nutmeg

Apple Cider Preparation:
Put organic apple juice in a pan and add winter spices like cloves, cinnamon stick, all spice and orange peel. Add spices in small amounts until you find the right flavor for your taste buds. You can always add more spice once you heat the mixture. Heat the apple juice and spice mixture on low for about 15 minutes, checking the flavor. When the desired flavor is reached take your hot cider off the stove. Strain out all the spice pieces and orange peel. Serve warm and enjoy!

Everyone loved this drink! We were all surprised at what an amazing combination this turned out to be. My friends comments were, “warming, soothing, a comforting drink that’s rich.” My personal opinion, it’s incredible and would be a hit for any holiday gathering.

Yerba Buena
This drink is made with Partida Reposado Tequila.This recipe was adapted from Donna Scala of Bistro Don Giovanni in
Napa, California.This drink has a fresh mint flavor.

Yerba Buena
2 oz Partida Reposado Tequila (Being light weights, we opted for a single shot in each drink.)
mint sprigs
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1/2 oz agave tequila
Ginger Beer (we substituted Ginger Ale)
Muddle mint, lime juice and agave nectar in a glass, this releases the mint flavor. Add ice to fill and top with tequila and ginger beer. Stir and garnish with a mint sprig and lime wheel.

The five of us taste tested this drink and I have to say this one was not a big hit with my friends. This drink really requires you to be a mint lover.I thought it was an amazing combination of fresh flavors! My friends reactions were quite different to the taste of this drink. One felt lime and mint mix well, another felt it tasted too fresh with all the mint, and another said it had too much mint flavor.

For our final taste test, we selected Caliente Partida, which was posted earlier in my drink series. For this recipe refer to my Tropical Twist on Tequila  post. Most of the ladies liked this one! Their comments were, Good, funky, delicious, a nice blend of flavors. One of the five felt it had too much of a liquor taste; and this was after I modified it, reducing the tequila to a single shot per drink and adding extra ginger ale. When using the original recipe you really need to enjoy the taste of tequila or modify the recipe with less alcohol and more ginger ale. Cheers!

Photo Credit Lisa Overman

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On November 20th, 2007 at 10:04 am, worldeatsreaderstreats said:

Hot tequila drinks . . . who knew? I never would have called tequila going with hot cider. I’ll have to try it out. Sounds yummy!

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