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Calavera Catrina

Calavera Catrina

Recipe provided by Zymology 21. I have not personally tested this recipe.
Servings 1 cocktail
Author Brandon Matzek

Ingredients

  • 1/2 ripe cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • 5 cilantro leaves
  • 1 1/2 ounces U4RIK silver tequila
  • 1 ounce Carrot Grapefruit Shrub (see note below)
  • 1/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce Contratto Blanco Vermouth
  • 3 dashes Habañero Bitters

Garnishes: baby carrot with greens, cucumber slice, strip of lemon zest

Instructions

  1. Muddle cucumber and cilantro leaves in a cocktail shaker to release flavor and juice. Add silver tequila, shrub, lemon juice, vermouth, habañero bitters and ice. Cap the cocktail shaker and shake until well-chilled. Strain into a short tumbler filled with ice.
  2. Garnish with a baby carrot, cucumber slice and strip of lemon zest.

Recipe Notes

The Zymology 21 team provided me with a very loose recipe for making the Carrot Grapefruit Shrub. This process is best done to taste, so specific ingredient amounts really aren't needed. The finished shrub should have a nice sweet-tart balance with notes of carrot and grapefruit. Here's notes from Louis Chavez, Zymology 21's head mixologist:

Peel equal parts ripe grapefruit and orange, completely removing the pith. Cube or thinly slice all fruit, and place in a large jar or bowl. Coat fruit with sugar and let sit loosely covered for a few days. Check, taste, and stir the fruit each day (bubbles are okay, it means it's fermenting a little). Keep adding a little sugar each day. Next, make the vinegar syrup: equal parts champagne vinegar and sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add vinegar syrup to the shrub. Stir until all sugar on the fruit is dissolved. If sugar remains, add a touch of vinegar until it is liquid. Juice an equal amount of carrots, then stir in the fruit-vinegar mixture. Pour the shrub through a fine strainer, pressing on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Taste and bottle. Adjust the flavor by adding more sugar, vinegar, or freshly squeezed juice to taste.