Grapparita

April 10, 2016
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In Mexico they drink tequila.
In Italy they drink grappa.
But tonight, these two meet and make magic.

For those who aren’t familiar – grappa is a traditional Italian alcoholic drink. Typically, grappa is stored in the freezer and sipped after dinner, or added to espresso in the morning (sounds like a perfect way to start the day, no?).

Anyhow.

Grappa isn’t for the faint of heart – it’s fairly strong – an acquired taste. As such, some might find it incredibly odd to pair a grappa based liqueur with tequila. But bear with me. While doing research on interesting liqueurs with solid reviews, I read about Bortolo Nardini Tagliatella Bassano Liqueur and became intrigued.

According to the Bortolo Nardi website, this grappa based liqueur has notes of floral, spice, sour cherry, citrus, and herbs. I thought blending this sweet and spicy liqueur with tequila, just might create a beautiful craft margarita–I was right.

After playing around with some fresh herbs and fruits, I came up with this incredibly delicious craft margarita. This is a classic margarita with hints of floral, spice, and balanced by some fresh muddled mint.

If you’re looking for something fun, yet dignified – this incredibly delicious craft margarita is for you!

Cheers!

Grapparita
A classic margarita with hints of floral, spice, and balanced by some fresh muddled mint. If you’re looking for something fun, yet dignified – this incredibly delicious craft margarita is for you!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 oz Casamigos Blanco Tequila (or any quality blanco tequila- tonight I used Casamingos)
  2. 1 oz Bortolo Nardini Tagliatella Bassano Liqueur
  3. 1 oz Agave Nectar
  4. 2 0z Water
  5. 4 Fresh Mint leaves
  6. Juice from 1 Fresh Pressed Organic Lime
  7. 1 Slice Organic Orange, peeled
  8. Coarse Sea Salt & Raw Sugar (for rim)
Instructions
  1. Rim one side of glass with lime, and dip into a plate of mixed sea salt & raw sugar- put in freezer to set.
  2. Break up mint leaves and place in the bottom of a shaker with orange slice, and agave - muddle well. Add ice and remaining ingredients. Shake violently for at least 30 seconds (or until shaker is freezing cold on the outside).
  3. Retrieve salted glass from freezer, place fresh ice into glass (I prefer one over sized cube), pour contents of shaker over ice, garnish with lime and mint - enjoy! Cheers!
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