Tequila’s cocktail reputation is based mainly around the margarita, but that’s a disservice to the spirit. Tequila’s diverse flavor palate means that it’s at its best when there is room for experimentation. Blancos such as Tequila Casa Dragones Blanco, which balances the semi-sweet agave with pepper and cloves can be sweet, sour, or even both. The possibilities for memorable cocktails are endless, and you should enjoy as many of them as you can.
Few liquors have the versatility of gin. With a naturally bitter flavor thanks to the strong presence of juniper, when gin is combined into a cocktail with bitters or tonic water it will have a crisp, refreshing bite. But if you like things on the opposite end of the spectrum, adding simple syrup will create a sweet, tasty cocktail.
The Bright Darling showcases how good gin can be in a sweet cocktail. The hibiscus liqueur and simple syrup combine for a cocktail that is sweet with enough bite to make sure you never forget that you’re drinking CITY Bright gin. The lavender bitters pull out the best of all the flavors. This cocktail is perfect for impressing every one of your friends, as you demonstrate how memorable a cocktail can be, and how awesome you are at mixing.
- 1.5 oz. CITY Bright gin
- 0.5 oz FRUITLAB Hibiscus liqueur
- 1 oz. fresh lime juice
- 1 oz. simple syrup
- 3 dashes BAR KEEP Lavender Bitters
Fresh bay leaf
Method: Combine all with ice and shake then strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a bay leaf.
Left on Mateo. Typically, cocktails use a limited number of spirits as a base, and avoid some combinations altogether. While gin, tequila, and vermouth don’t throw up stop signs like some combos do, the pairing of all three together is rare. Left on Mateo, one of the more adventurous cocktails from Elitario Distillery, is making sure the unusual flavor pairing gets its moment in the sun. Each sip is an intriguing mix of flavor, and will leave you thirsty for more.
- 1 oz CITY Bright gin
- 1 oz IXÁ Reposado tequila
- 1 oz red vermouth
Method: Combine all with ice and stir. Serve in rocks glass over a large ice cube.
Bright Negroni. A negroni is an excellent choice if you are looking for an aperitif. Designed to stimulate the appetite, these drinks are popping with flavor and meant to build excitement for what is to come. Elitario Distillery’s take on the classic is one for the ages. They substitute their GRAND POPPY Amaro for Campari, which adds a level of complexity with flavors of flowers, roots, herbs, and citrus. CITY Bright gin and vermouth keep the drink familiar and together all the ingredients combine for a perfect start to your night.
- 1 oz CITY Bright gin
- 1 oz GRAND POPPY amaro
- 1 oz sweet vermouth
Method: Combine all with ice and stir. Strain into a coupe & garnish with a grapefruit twist.