Sotol Swizzle

May 1, 2014
Drinks,Recipes

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.

Sotol Swizzle // HonestlyYUM

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!

Sotol Swizzle // HonestlyYUM

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Sotol Swizzle // HonestlyYUM

Sotol Swizzle // HonestlyYUM

Sotol Swizzle // HonestlyYUM

Sotol Swizzle // HonestlyYUM

Sotol Swizzle

This refreshing introduction to the little known agave spirit, sotol, is made with lime, pineapple gomme syrup, and Angostura bitters. Don't forget the crushed ice!
Servings: 1 cocktail

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Start by crushing some ice, either using a Lewis bag or food processor. Crushed ice is a vital component of any swizzle.
  2. Fill a highball glass halfway with crushed ice. Add the sotol, pineapple gomme syrup, and lime juice.
  3. 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.
  4. Fill your glass with more crushed ice. Top with Angostura bitters and garnish with a fresh sprig of mint and a wedge of pineapple.

(images by HonestlyYUM)

Conversation

What an exquisite post! I’m now so curious about both Sotol and pineapple gomme syrup – I will have to find myself some of each. I could really use one of those beauties right about now (no matter that’s it’s 11am…)

Usually I’m not that biggest fan on pineapple, but this looks fantastic.

Gorgeous! I love the big, fresh mint leaves and the generous pineapple garnish. Tasty! I’ve never had Sotol but, as usual, you’ve convinced me.

Let’s drink indeed!! This sounds soooo good!

Can you please come over and make this for me? So beautiful and refreshing!

This is the most refreshing looking thang I’ve seen all day. UGH WANT!

I am going to enjoy this very much. Thank you for another delish cocktail, keeping me cool and tipsy as we ease into the Summer months.

It’s 95 degrees here today in SoCal and there’s no way I am not trying this drink over the weekend. Your pictures are so amazing and I’m so glad I found this. Thanks!

Yes! Love a good swizzle (I’m trade marking that phrase. This isn’t the first time I’ve shouted that out over the internet.)!

I always have a hard time steering away from a traditional margarita on cinco de mayo, but this… this cocktail is one I would swap for. LOVE pineapple so much! x

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