Mexico in a Glass on 24 July 2022
Tequila is a big new trend here in the UK, and is perfect for high summer. Shots are out. Sipping is in.
These fine tequilas are made as they should be – with premium 100% blue agave. There are four in the current range: Rooster Rojo Blanco, Anejo, Reposado, and Smoked Pineapple infused Anejo. The latter is a world-first and is hand-crafted using only the best Spanish Red Pineapples.
These cocktail recipes are fresh and stylish. For two of these recipes a little pre-preparation is needed but once you have the syrups made, these are quick to create and designed to be enjoyed slowly, as the sun sets or on a lazy summer’s afternoon.
First up, a margarita, but not as you know it…
Rooster Rojo Cucumber and Jalapeno Margarita
40ml Rooster Rojo Reposado Tequila
5ml Agave syrup
10 ml Pierre Ferrand Orange Curacao
25ml Lime juice
20ml Cucumber syrup*
Piece of jalapeno (about 3cm)
Adorn half the rim of a chilled Margarita glass with pink salt and pepper. Shake with ice and double strain. Garnish with a twist of lime zest, an olive oil leaf if available, and edible flowers.
*To make the cucumber syrup
Blend a whole cucumber and strain off 200ml of the resulting liquid. Combine with 150g of caster sugar and stir either leaving to sleep for 24 hours, stirring occasionally or for quicker results put in a pan, slowly heat until the sugar has dissolved, strain and cool.
Rooster Rojo Batanga
Pinch of salt plus extra to rim the glass
60ml Rooster Rojo Tequila Blanco
15ml lime juice
Cola to top up
Rim the outside edge of a tall Collins glass with salt. Stir a pinch of salt with the lime juice and stir to dissolve. Add ice cubes with the remaining two ingredients, and stir. Garnish with a wedge of lime.
Rooster Rojo Peach Pie Ball
35ml Rooster Rojo Anejo Tequila
15 ml Peach liqueur
10ml Lime juice
20 ml Thyme syrup*
100ml Soda Water
To make the thyme syrup
*Infuse 50gm of thyme in a 1:1 simple syrup for 24 hours, then strain.
Build the drink in a skinny high ball glass filled with cubed ice and garnish with sprigs of fresh thyme and a grilled peach slice.
All you need to remember now is SIP DON’T SLAM.
Rooster Rojo Reposado was recently picked by Good Housekeeping magazine as one of the best tequilas of 2022 and praised for its ‘excellent value’. Rooster Rojo tequilas are widely available from online retailers priced from around £23 per bottle.