On the day of our taco expedition, Jon did a little experimentation with tequila drinks, and the High Plains Drifter was the clear winner (the Mexican Firing Squad, despite its ridiculous name, was also very good). It has the familiar flavor combination of tequila and lime juice, but adds in bitters, campari and honey syrup to balance the drink out and make it a bit more elegant. I recommend it.
We generally make honey syrup as needed, simply by mixing equal parts honey and warm water. You can microwave it briefly if, like ours, your honey is old and crystallized and needs a little help dissolving, but you don’t want it too hot when you add it to the shaker, so let it cool a bit first.
High Plains Drifter #1
- 2 oz tequila
- ¾ oz lime juice (lemon juice works, too)
- ¾ oz honey syrup
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- 1 splash Campari
Rinse a cocktail glass with Campari. Shake the tequila, lime juice, honey syrup and bitters with ice and strain into the glass. Garnish with a lime twist.
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Actually, even though the recipe says to rinse the glass with Campari, I have taken to just adding a dash to the shaker. I’m sorry, but I just can’t bring myself to pour a good ingredient into a glass, swirl it around, and then dump it out.