13 Aug 2015
Drinks - VIV
Other than throwing back plenty of Jameson & Fernet when you visit bars, there are several perks to being a bartender. One of them is being invited to sponsored seminars and learning about a spirit in great detail from a brand’s ambassador.
A few weeks back, myself and a handful of Toronto’s fierce industry folk sat in a bar during the afternoon and were taught all about Don Julio tequila. The discussion went amazing and the samples we tried made us all wish we didn’t have to work in a few hours. At one point during the discussion, our speaker Jackson Miranda spoke of tequilas shift into the cocktail main stage and how he’s been ordering classic drinks with Don Julio substituting whisky. Then he mentioned a tequila old fashioned. I stopped listening for a few minutes as I was reminded how delicious a reposado old fashioned is and how long its been since I’ve had one.
After the seminar was through and we all said goodbye, I darted to the liquor store before work and grabbed a midrange reposado. The next evening I had a lucky friend come over and drink a few of these with me. When you’re in the hands of a bartender who knows what they’re doing, order one of these and thank the Jimador who, with his coa, harvested that agave thats in your glass.
Tequila Old Fashioned Ingredients
Instructions: Place the sugar cube (or 1/2 teaspoon loose sugar) in an Old-Fashioned glass. Wet it down with 2 or 3 dashes of your bitters. Crush the sugar with a wooden muddler. Rotate the glass so that the sugar grains and bitters give it a lining. Add a large ice cube. Pour in the tequila.
Rob Granicolo

Rob Granicolo

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