My first proper cocktail post – this isn’t my first beverage post, but damn this one is the best by a long shot! I’m not the heaviest of drinkers and when it comes to drinkers I have two rules: 1. I have to be in mexico or 2. I have to be inside my house. Rule number one is mostly because I live fairly close to mexico, love the country and their people as well as that’s where I buy my tequila from so ya know….gotta taste the product.
Back to being a functioning alcoholic – kinda – I didn’t do the normal drinking during high school, nor did I during college, it wasn’t until after I graduated, got a job and got a taste for the real world that I also got a taste for the alcohol – teehee – but I don’t like beers or cider, I prefer harder liquors, just watered down with some other flavors, and in case you couldn’t tell by this blog yet, I LOVE fruit! So a cocktail, with hard liquor from one of my favorite countries with some of my favorite fruits! Hell yes!
This isn’t exactly a labor intensive post, but it does require some patience and some elbow grease. Juicing all of those little mandarins won’t be the pinnacle of your day, but the end result will…..hopefully. the making of the simply syrup is also a bit time consuming…I didn’t want to put any corn syrup in this cocktail, so this was the best method I could find to stop sugar crystallization forming without adding preservatives.
Another option for the strawberries is to add about 1 tablespoon of sugar to them to help pull the sugars and juice out of the strawberries through osmosis and creating a thinner consistency than what you see in the pictures. This also helps prevent crystallization as well as pulling all the natural sugars from the strawberries. Either choice you make, the syrup does take some time and should be done slowly to make sure the berries don’t burn from too much heat.
If you don’t like tequila, then substituting it with liquor from a similar family (i.e. agave based) also works. Options like: mezcal, bacanora, raicilla, sotol, and pulque to name a few. If you just don’t like agave based spirits then add the liquor you like, but it’ll most likely have an either stronger flavor or may negate the orange flavor since of the two savors that is the weakest taste with stronger liquors.
There’s also ginger ale in this recipe – I love ginger ale, that and red bull are essentially the only carbonated sodas I drink (with the exception of sprite at restaurants because I don’t trust their water sources). If you don’t really appreciate ginger ale for the amazingness it is, then come out of my life and you can totally use another lightly flavored carbonated drink or carbonated water if that suites your fancy – although I really recommend the ginger ale. Don’t hate on it!
If you plan on having a get together and serving it pretty like this, the I suggest adding maybe one tablespoon or two to the strawberry syrup to help it loosen up a bit, but if you want them to swirl it and do it themselves then leave it be. This also makes about 10 servings since I like to have my cocktails ready to pour when I’m done with my workday and someone’s pissed me off – doesn’t happen often but when it does!!!!!
That’s all on my end! I really do love the photos in this post – I tried something different and while I don’t think it will happen with every post, I loved how everything played out and I think the drink colors balanced the more gothic feels of things. Not the best for summer pics, but I love it anyway, especially since I’m not a summer person. I hope you all enjoy the remainder of your day and week and thanks for stopping by!
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MANDARIN JUICE AND STRAWBERRY SYRUP COCKTAIL
1 c. |200 g| strawberries (diced)
1/4 c. |50 g| sugar (granulated)
2 tbsp. water
4 c. |675 g| juiced mandarin
1 c. |225 g| tequila
1 can of ginger ale (per 4 people)
In your food processor, blend your strawberries until fully liquid, strain out the pulp and as much texture as possible, only leaving the juice.
In a sauce pan, combine your sugar and you water and cook over medium heat until combined and thickened, about 10 minutes, add your strawberry juice and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes until slightly thickened and fully combined. Set it aside to cool all the way down and then set it in the fridge for an additional hour to chill.
Juice – sorry about this – upwards of 10 – 15 mandarins, to get 5 cups of juice and set it aside; to make your cocktail; if you plan on drinking this right now, then simply add 1 tablespoon of chill strawberry syrup and 1/4 c. of mandarin juice and 2 tbsp. of tequila and 1/4 c. of ginger ale, mix it together and enjoy – add how much ice you’d like. if you’re planning on keeping it for a while, then in the container you plan on using add your strawberry syrup to the bottom, followed by your mandarin juice and your tequila, omit your ginger ale as it will become flat over time, shake your container to mix and set it aside in the fridge until you’re ready to drink!
downloadable recipe: MANDARIN ORANGES AND STRAWBERRY SYRUP COCKTAILS