Rested (reposado) tequilas are aged at least 2 months in wooden containers often recycled from bourbon, cognac or wine production.
A young mezcal that has not been aged for more than 2 months.
A rum aged in charred oak barrels that lend their color to the rum. If a recipe calls for this rum it is likely refuring to a darker colored rum with a rich and strong yet smooth flavor. Common varieties come from Jamaica and Haiti.
A common Italian herbal liqueur made from star anise, Mediterranean anise, juniper berry, musk yarrow, lavendar, peppermint, cinnamon and vanilla; 42.3% ABV.
A distilled, highly alcoholic (45-75% ABV), anise-flavored beverage derived from botanicals like wormwood, green anise, fennel, hyssop, melissa and other herbs. Technically a spirit, as it is not bottled with sugar. The green fairy.
The second most common juice used in cocktails. This citrus juice is about 6% acid; 4% from citric and 2% from malic, with small amounts of succinic acid (this is what gives it a little bloody taste). Lime juice should be used the day it is squeezed, some like it freshly squeezed and others like it a few hours old.
A syrup made from the agave tequilana and agave salmiana. It is composed mainly of fructose, which hits the tongue fast and fades. To make an agave syrup that substitutes for simple, for every 100g agave mix 50g water, that will be a 2:1 dilution ratio.
a bitters made by Bittermens with cinnamon and allspice flavors.
Small, round, green citrus fruits. Commonly used in many cocktails for its rind or its acidic taste (6% acid total; 4% citric, 2% malic, some succinic acid).
Shake all the ingredients with ice, then strain into an old-fashioned glass over 1 large ice cube. Garnish with a lime wheel.
I got really excited about the flavor profile of Ron del Barrilito rum, so I worked it into a Tommy's margarita spec by including it in a split base with tequila and mezcal. -Brad Farran
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