El Toro
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About this Cocktail

I found this drink on Fred Yarm's Cocktail Virgin blog. He attributed this drink to Colin Shearn of the Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. in Philadelphia. There are a lot of strong flavors in this drink, but they all come together pretty nicely. The original recipe did not have the grapefruit peel, but I think it's a nice addition.

  • 1.0 oz Art in the Age Root Liqueur
  • 1.0 oz Blanco Tequila
  • 0.5 oz Cynar
  • 0.5 Lapsang Souchong Tea Syrup
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Grapefruit Peel for garnish

Add all liquid ingredients to mixing glass and stir 40 revs. Strain into cocktail glass and add a pinch of salt atop drink. Express Grapefruit peel over glass, rub the rim, and drop it into the drink.

Lapsang Souchong Tea Syrup - steep loose leaf Lapsang Souchong Black Tea in a 2:1 Demerara simple syrup.

Lapsang Souchong is a Chinese black tea that gets cured over charring pine wood. This is a very smoky tea that has aromas that will remind you of a campfire or charcoal grill. If you make a small batch of this syrup, start tasting it after letting the tea leaves steep for 5 minutes as the syrup takes on the smoky flavor very quickly. If you want a small batch to be very smoky, let it steep 30 minutes or more.


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