The Perfect Post-Holidays Drink

Still reeling from a holidays-induced food coma? Kick back into gear with the tigre blanco: a tequila-based cocktail featuring horchata, a little bit of O.J., and triple sec.

Released on 12/26/2014

Credits

Starring: Tom Macy

Transcript

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(Latin instrumental music)
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Today I'm going to show you a cocktail
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called the Tigre Blanco.
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It was created by Issac Flores
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from Dick and Jane's in Brooklyn.
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This is a tequila-based cocktail,
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so you're going to need some of that, some blanco tequila,
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some fresh lime, fresh OJ, triple sec,
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some smoked chile lime salt
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that you can buy at the store, and some horchata.
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So, we're going to use our horchata first,
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two ounces right into the shaker.
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Horchata is a traditional Mexican rice milk
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that's been flavored with a variety of spices.
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Typically, it's cinnamon and vanilla.
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You can make this yourself just by blending rice and water
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and letting it sit for a few hours,
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but a lot of Mexican restaurants also make it.
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So, if you have one you really like,
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you might want to ask them and maybe they'll sell you some.
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And now, our fresh lime juice, just a quarter ounce.
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OK, half an ounce of OJ.
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Fresh orange juice, nothing beats it.
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Now, our triple sec, an ounce of triple sec
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and finally, an ounce and a half of blanco tequilla.
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Make sure the bottle says 100% agave on it.
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That means the only thing that's in there is agave
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which is what it should be.
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A lot of tequila producers try to cut corners
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by putting other kinds of grain alcohols
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and other weird stuff in tequila
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because agave takes so long to come to maturity,
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sometimes eight to 10 years.
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So, just make sure it says 100% agave on the bottle
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and you'll be good to go.
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OK, so we got everything in here.
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Before we shake though, I'm going to rim our glass
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with the chile lime salt.
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Rims are a really cool way to add another dimension
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of flavor to cocktails.
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Just rub the edge with lime and dab it in.
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You're probably used to salt on a margarita or something,
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but you can use all kinds of spices and seasonings.
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Make your own mixtures.
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Black pepper works, lime zest.
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I like to add a little sugar.
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I think it helps to boost the flavor.
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It's a fun thing to play around with.
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OK, so we're going to throw some ice in our glass
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and now it is time to shake.
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We're not going to shake this one super-hard.
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We're going to do what's called a whip shake
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which is just trying to get the rice milk to foam up
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and give the drink a really nice frothy texture.
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You can see really nice foam on top.
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And garnish with an orange wheel.
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And that is a Tigre Blanco.
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This is a great example of a cocktail
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that draws its inspiration from food,
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and it's also a great example of a cocktail
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that pairs really well with food.
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So, the next time you're having a really, really spicy meal,
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I recommend keeping this cocktail in mind.
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