Now that we’re familiar with sotol, it’s time to put that knowledge to good use. And by good use I mean, let’s drink. It’s (almost) Friday after all – let the spirits flow! I’ve been wanting to get my swizzle on for some time, but I never was able to get my hands on a proper swizzle stick. It’s not like they grow on trees or anything . . . wait, scratch that. So it turns out there actually is a swizzle stick tree! It’s called the Quararibea Turbinata, and from it you can harvest swizzle sticks, or Le Bois Lélé. I ordered mine from Cocktail Kingdom and immediately got to work.
Warning: this cocktail is so refreshing, you might never need/want another margarita. I will say, however, that if you can’t locate a bottle of sotol, substituting your favorite tequila would be perfectly fine and in fact encouraged. Also, while a rich simple syrup won’t replace the flavor of pineapple gomme, it will provide the necessary texture. However, I would grab some if you can, as it’s pretty killer stuff. Happy drinking!
- Start by crushing some ice, either using a Lewis bag or food processor. Crushed ice is a vital component of any swizzle.
- Fill a highball glass halfway with crushed ice. Add the sotol, pineapple gomme syrup, and lime juice.
- Time to swizzle! Rub the swizzle stick back and forth between your hands for 30 seconds, or until the outside of the glass becomes frosty. If you don't have a swizzle stick use a bar spoon.
- Fill your glass with more crushed ice. Top with Angostura bitters and garnish with a fresh sprig of mint and a wedge of pineapple.
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