Saturday, March 20, 2021

La Valentina (Death & Co. Recipe)


If you are looking for a beer and tequila cocktail, look no further. Often beer and spirits cocktails offend either beer drinkers or spirits purists. I have to say that the design of this drink, from crushed ice to raspberries (muddled and garnish) will win over everyone. You don't really notice either the beer or the tequila, which is to say, this drink is on the sweet side and it sneaks up on you.

And that is more than a bartender can ask for in a recipe involving tequila and wheat beer. The two go great together, mostly because wheat beer is a very forgiving mixer with any spirit. The muddled fruit, however, make the cocktail a little 2006. Let's just say that sometimes it is wise to please everyone. And a bar like Death & Co. can tend to turn off low-brow drinkers, even if they don't display any pretension. That's not the case with La Valentina.

  • 3 raspberries
  • 1 1/2 oz. blanco tequila
  • 1 oz. grapefruit juice
  • 3/4 oz. lime juice
  • 3/4 oz. simple syrup
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 oz. Blanche de Bruxelles beer (Einstok wheat used)
  • 3 raspberries for garnish

Muddle raspberries in a shaker and add remaining ingredients except for beer. Short shake with 3 ice cubes to combine and double strain into a Pilsner glass full of crushed ice. Pour on the beer and garnish with 3 raspberries on a cocktail pick.

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