Cocktail of the Week: El Diablo!


El DiabloCocktail of the Week: El Diablo
For a scary good cocktail this Halloween weekend, try this tasty tequila concoction. Frighteningly easy to make, you can dress up your drink with a little dry ice!

2oz Cabo Wabo Reposado – or your favorite Reposado Tequila
½oz Crème Yvette or Crème de Cassis
Juice from ½ of a lime
Ginger Beer
Lime Wheel for Garnish
Dry Ice if you dare…..seriously

Pour Cabo Wabo Reposado, Tequila and Lime Juice into a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain as you and pour into a tall glass filled with ice. Top with Ginger Beer and garnish with a Lime Wheel.
If you’re feeling spooky, add a small piece of Dry Ice. NEVER DRINK DRY ICE. Typically, dry ice will sink but to be safe, wait until the fog subsides before handing your guest a glass. Check out this handy safety guide to dry ice here:…/Everyday-Uses-and-Handling-Guide_2…

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Cocktail of the Week: Life on Mars

Life on Mars with cocktail creator Nikki Anhalt at FIG Charleston

Cocktail of the Week: Life on Mars

I’m on the road in Charleston and just had spectacular dinner at the highly-acclaimed FIG restaurant. While the food and service live up to the amazing reviews, the cocktail menu is equally inspired. The current menu pays homage to David Bowie and as a fan of the Thin White Duke and tequila, I could not pass up this refreshing citrus creation by FIG’s Nikki Anhalt.

To my friends in Pennsylvania, the state owned liquor stores may require that you make a few substitutions but if you can find all of the original ingredients, it will be worth the effort – it may just be easier and more enjoyable to jet down to Charleston and have Nikki or talented bartender Andrew King mix up a Life on Mars.

1 ½oz Espolon Tequila Reposado
¼ oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
¼ oz Rothman & Winter Crème de Violette
¼ oz Giffard Creme de Pamplemousse Rose
¼ oz Fresh Lime Juice
¼ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
½ oz Grapefruit Juice
1 Luxardo Maraschino Cherry for garnish

Fill a shaker with ice and pour in Tequila, Maraschino Liqueur, Crème de Violette, Pamplemousse Rose and Fresh Juices. Cover and shake. Strain as you pour into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Top with a gourmet Maraschino Cherry. Oh man!