Tequila’s cocktail reputation is based mainly around the margarita, but that’s a disservice to the spirit. Tequila’s diverse flavor palate means that it’s at its best when there is room for experimentation. Blancos such as Tequila Casa Dragones Blanco, which balances the semi-sweet agave with pepper and cloves can be sweet, sour, or even both. The possibilities for memorable cocktails are endless, and you should enjoy as many of them as you can.
Citron au Jardin
Citron au Jardin is an excellent example of how refreshing and exciting tequila can be when used properly. Lemon juice and honey help balance the cocktail while letting the flavors of Casa Dragones Blanco shine through. Muddled fennel and yellow chartreuse keep things interesting, so you end up with a crisp cocktail that manages to be mind-blowing while retaining elegant simplicity.
2 oz. Tequila Casa Dragones Blanco
0.25 oz. Yellow Chartreuse
0.5 oz. Garden Honey
0.25 oz. Simple Syrup
0.75 oz. Lemon Juice
0.75 oz. Sparkling Water
Muddled Garden Bronze Fennel
Muddle the fennel. Add the remaining ingredients and mix. Strain over a large ice cube. Garnish with fennel.
One of the things that makes tequila such a great cocktail ingredient is its ability to ride the line between sweet and sour. El Dragón uses the versatility of tequila to craft a cocktail dedicated to riding that line. It uses fresh jalapeño and watermelon to bring out Casa Dragones Blanco’s notes of citrus and pepper. Instead of clashing the flavors blend together to make a smooth, sweet and fiery cocktail that lives up to its name.
1.5 oz. Tequila Casa Dragones Blanco
0.5 oz. Housemade sweet and sour
Muddled fresh jalapeño and watermelon
Splash of soda
Serve in chili rimmed glass
Nieves de Volcán
Nieves de Volcán is a cocktail that uses the best traditional flavors that Mexico has to offer. It’s no wonder, since it is the brainchild of Simon Alberti of Limantour, a fantastic bar located in Mexico City. The cocktail uses grapefruit juice to bring out the citrus notes of Casa Dragones Blanco and adds vanilla for a touch of sweetness. Add in chipotle and a hibiscus flower, and you have an instant classic that is perfect for nursing long into hot summer nights.
2 oz. of Tequila Casa Dragones Blanco
0.8 oz. Grapefruit juice
0.5 oz. Vanilla and chipotle syrup
Combine the ingredients in a shaker and strain. Serve in a short glass with ice. Garnish with sunflower seeds or hibiscus flowers to activate the nose.