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Twists On the Margarita — From Moscato to Mezcal
While spirits classicists frown on some of the canned, soda pop-like margarita hybrids that have been on the market lately, the public definitely has acquired a taste for them, which is why we’re seeing everything from moscato-ritas to beer-ritas. On the very opposite side of the spectrum, Mexican spirit specialists are creating “Mezcalitas” that, if anything, improve on the cocktailian credibility of a tequila-based margarita (because Mezcal is much more of a connoisseur’s spirit than tequila). Julian Medina’s Toloache restaurants in New York serve Mezcalitas ranging from smoky/savory to citrusy.
Skinny Summer Coolers
It’s truly a cruel joke that bartenders introduce so many delightful milkshake-like drinks on summer menus when people are trying so hard to trim their waistlines for summer. Therefore, our hats are off to bartender Pam Wiznitzer of The Dead Rabbit (Tales of the Cocktail’s Best New Bar of 2013), who brought a delicious “Skinny Bean” low-calorie libation to the Hangar 1 “Craft in a Glass” Lounge at MCC. Instead of ice cream or cream liqueurs, the vodka-based drink mixes with almond milk, vanilla extract, hazelnut extract and a packet of natural sweetener for a drink that’s sweet and creamy, but not a sin. Hopefully it will set a trend for summer 2014 coolers.