Drink of the Week: The Luxury Drop

November 01 2010 - 9:20 AM

Don julio drink pic With the holidays steadily approaching, I’m already starting to plan for the most important part of any group meal: the cocktails. Do you go with a seasonal theme or a color scheme? A variety of options or one universal crowd pleaser? We usually opt for a seasonal beer option and at least one themed cocktail. And, if your friends are anything like mine, there will undoubtedly be that guy who at some point says, “let’s do a shot,” so why not be prepared?

On a recent tequila tour of the city, Don Julio Master Distiller, Enrique de Colsa, walked the group through a tasting of all of their varieties: Blanco, Reposado, Anejo, 1942 (my fave) and Real. While I sipped, I took a mental note that the 1942 would be perfect to have on hand for the holidays for the guys looking for a solid, man-approved shot; but I knew my girl friends wouldn’t stand for it. So, what’s a girl to do to make sure that all of her party guests are happy and satisfied?

Fortunately, the folks at Don Julio came up with a very strategic, very mathematic and veryyy successful formula for making the perfect shot (which they refer to, when done correctly, as a Luxury Drop): 1 part sugar (agave nectar is my current craze), 1 part acid (anything acidic: lime juice, grapefruit juice, etc.) and 2 parts(ish) alcohol. My best advice on concocting: hit up a local organic foods store, browse the juice section, and go from there.

My new fave:

1 part agave nectar

1 part lime juice

2 parts Don Julio Blanco

Shaken over ice 

Chased with an orange slice covered with a dash of cayenne and a dash of cinnamon