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Three Tequila Cocktails from Senor Pico’s

In its heyday, Senor Pico’s was the biggest seller of Tequila in the world and so it goes without saying that Victor Bergeron applied his notorious mixology aptitude towards tequila in the same way he did for rum during the Tiki phenomenon. Here are my three favourites:

Senor Pico Tequila Daiquiri

I’d be more inclined to call this a sweetened ‘Margarita’ but whatever you call it, it is one perfect drink. The classic margarita can be a little too austere for me, so this tweak with just a dash of sugar is the perfect compromise. Served blended with crushed ice or on the rocks.

1/2 ounce lime juice
1/4 ounce Triple Sec
1 tsp sugar
1 ounce Tequila

El Diablo

The ‘el diablo’ is a perfect example of Bergeron’s mixology craft in action. He essentially took the classic recipe for a ‘Tequila Sunrise’ and replaced the club soda for ginger beer. Once again taking a somewhat austere cocktail and packing it with flavour. Don’t you dare make this cocktail with anything but real Jamaican ginger beer. Just combine all your ingredients in a glass filled with ice and then top with the ginger beer.

1/2 ounce lime juice
1 ounce tequila
1/2 ounce creme de cassis
Jamaican Ginger Beer

Spanish Moss

An interesting digestif after a hearty meal of tacos and enchiladas. Surprisingly tasty and effective and worthy of reinvention.

1 ounce Kahlua
1 ounce tequila
1/2 tsp creme de menthe

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