A1A Tequila Cocktail

The sweet heat of jalapeño runs through this slightly savory tequila cocktail.

1 oz. amontillado sherry
1 oz. jalapeño-infused blanco tequila
½ oz. fresh celery juice
¾ oz. fresh lime juice
½ oz. rich cane syrup (2:1)
Tools: shaker, strainer, fine strainer
Glass: Nick & Nora
Garnish: half salt rim, celery ribbon

Prepare a Nick & Nora glass by salting half the rim. In a shaker, combine all the ingredients with ice and shake to chill. Double strain into the prepared glass and garnish.

Jalapeño-Infused Tequila: Scrape out the seeds and pith from 4 fresh jalapeño peppers and add to one bottle of blanco tequila. Take one of the hollowed-out jalapeños and cut in half, then add half to the infusion. Discard the other 3½ hollowed-out jalapeños. Checking every few minutes, let the infusion stand for at least 20 minutes and taste before straining.

Devon Tarby, Sparrow, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida


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