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About this Cocktail

I was thinking of things south of the border (the U.S. border, not the Massachusetts border). I was craving an Old-Fashioned. I had some interesting bitters I wanted to try. ¡Eso es! Move the Old-Fashioned to the land of the Aztecs. I made this with a Reposado tequila, and then an Añejo. Each had their interesting character, but a good Añejo is like a fine cognac - best enjoyed by itself. The somewhat brighter, more vegetal flavors of a Reposado work just fine in this drink, but the aging ("resting") of a reposado gives it a depth that a blanco tequila might not have. I used Don Julio for my drink, which is a wonderful sipping quality tequila. Yes, this is a spirit-forward cocktail, so if you prefer your tequila in things like Margaritas, this might not be the drink for you. Do use a quality, 100 percent agave tequila with some age on it. A silver/blanco tequila may not play well with the chocolate notes in the bitters and the rimming, but depending on the brand, it might work. Give it a try if that's your preference.

Taza is a brand of stone-ground Mexican chocolate, with interesting flavor combinations such as guajillo chile, chipotle, or cinnamon mixed with dark chocolate. If Taza is not available, any firm, dark chocolate will do, but preferably one with chile or other savory notes in it. You can drop the chocolate into the drink as an additional garnish, but I find that ice-cold, hard chocolate is less interesting. Better yet, just serve it on the side as a nibble. ¡Bebida con gusto!

Ingredients:
  • 2 oz reposado tequila
  • 1 orange wheel, cut in half
  • 1 demerara sugar cube
  • Bittermen's Xocolatl Mole Bitters
  • One bite-sized piece of Taza Mexican chocolate, from one of the disc varieties, preferably one with chile in it
Preparation:

Put the demerara sugar cube in an old-fashioned glass. Soak the cube with a dropperful of the bitters. Add one of the orange wheel halves to the glass. Muddle the fruit, sugar, and bitters well. Add the tequila. Stir to combine, then remove the muddled orange piece. Add ice to fill the glass. Stir again briefly. Take the chocolate triangle, and rub around the rim of the glass reasonably firmly, to leave a good chocolate scent. Garnish with the other orange wheel half, and optionally, the chocolate piece. Or serve the chocolate as a nibble on the side.

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