Another Friday, another tequila cocktail! I wanted to do a tequila twist on a traditional cocktail this time around; thus, the añejo old fashioned was born! Honestly, being “Tequila Jo” has been SO much fun, and I’m already brainstorming my next set of recipes. I’m thinking a sangria for the summer? And definitely a tequila watermelon. I never did one of the booze-y fruits when I was younger, so obviously thirty-one is a great age to start.
We do a lot of old fashioneds in this house; my husband is a whiskey guy, so he is the inspiration behind this tequila old fashioned. And it got his approval, so I figured I would it with all of you!
An old fashioned is old and simple and sweet and strong, all at the same time. It’s almost like you can *taste* the history in this cocktail. Though it’s normally made with whiskey, we all know how much I love to swap out traditional liquors for tequila! That’s the beauty of the agave spirits; they really are so versatile.
Añejo refers to a tequila that has been aged for longer than 3 months in oak barrels. It brings a richness in flavor that is sweet but not cloying. Agave spirits can be fairly sweet, so aging can temper that flavor into something more mature. It’s the smoothness of añejo that makes it the perfect substitute in an old fashioned.
- 1 sugar cube
- 2 ounces añejo tequila
- Angostura bitters
- Orange peel
- Place sugar cube in glass and add a few drops of bitters. Add tequila and stir until sugar is dissolved. Garnish with orange peel.
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