Posts Tagged ‘Soda’

The Jalisco Collins

In Cocktail, Recipe on July 27, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Makes ya thirsty, right?!

Here’s another! I do love a good Collins, but I feel the other members of the family are treated like chopped liver! What about Jack, Pedro, Pierre, and the rest?

So, wanting to do a Collins, but utilizing something different I took my love for the original and morphed and shifted it into this cocktail. Like the original, its tart, sweet, long, refreshing, super cold, great for a hot day. I wish I could add simple to the list of things that it is, but I cannot tell a lie. To make Tamarind syrup is indeed a labor of love, but it’s so worth it. Your guests and friends will know how much you truly love them after hearing the tale of how you made it, and please believe they’ll ask how once they notice that flavor of  “something” that they may not be able to put a finger on! Down to brass tacks, here’s the recipe:

  • 2.5 ounces El Jimador Reposado Tequila
  • 2 ounces Tamarind Syrup**
  • .5 ounces Lemon Juice*
  • Soda

Fill a Collins glass with ice and then top with the Tequila, Tamarind Syrup, and Lemon Juice. Fill the glass to the top with Soda water and garnish with an orange and a cherry.

** To make the Tamarind Syrup, take 2 pounds of Tamarind Pods, peeled and stemmed. Boil the Tamarind fruit in 2 quarts of water at a rolling boil until softened. (as displayed in somewhat humorous old-timey video with “Monty Python & The Holy Grail inspired soundtrack here: [damn the man! won’t let me upload the video, sorry!]) Let mixture cool, refrigerating if desired. Once the mixture is cooled, use latex gloves to squeeze the pulp from the seed pods. This step will add body and texture to your Tamarind water! Once you’ve separated pulp from seed, strain the mixture into a pot and return to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling add about 1 to 1.5 quarts of sugar, to taste, to make your Tamarind Syrup. Et voila! You’re done.

*When making a Collins, select a glass that’s about 10-12 ounces or so. A Collins is meant to be a long drink with a fair bit of alcohol. So making  this drink in an 8 ounce glass won’t do the trick. If an 8-10 ounce glass is what you have on hand then do a test run and scale back the amount of ingredients until you think it tastes proper. Cheers!

Sidenote: if you really want the video, I guess I could email it to you. LOL.