Spirits like a scotch are supposed to be sipped on. Other spirits like the ones made from Greenbar Distillery are meant to be mixed into a cocktail. Writing about distilleries without writing about cocktails is like jumping out of a plane without a parachute; if you’re into it it’s a thrill, but you won’t last. For that reason this will be the first weekly post highlighting some drinks that are tasty, easy to make, easier to order, and can be a switch up from the usual margarita or old fashioned.
The first drink is an El Diablo. This crimson concoction is made with only four ingredients, but is a wallop of flavor that hypnotize one into driving to the beach, lying a beach towel down and soaking up some sun.
The El Diablo includes the usual pairing of tequila with lime juice. Adding creme de cassis offers the magenta color and an undercurrent of sweetness. After mixing, a few ounces of ginger beer delivers a prickly end to this refreshing drink.
1½ oz. reposado tequila (Espolon Tequila)
½ oz. creme de cassis
½ oz. fresh lime juice
2-3 oz. ginger beer (Fever Tree)
Combine the first three ingredients into a shaker, and shake. Fine-strain ingredients into a ice filled highball glass. Then top off with ginger beer and garnish with a lime wheel.