Herradura Cocktail Challenge at Sushi Samba

This past Tuesday I joined 10 or so other talented NYC mixologists at Sushi Samba in the West Village.  Members of the press, along with Brown-Forman  folks (they’re the bigwigs who own Herradura Tequila), gathered around the bar to witness a gleaming spectacle:  our versions of the next great Margarita cocktail.  Mind you, the margarita is my all time favorite drink, as you may remember from an earlier post in this here blog.  So I was primed and ready.  I shook my drink for the judges, The Cancun Hottie, and watched their faces intently in an effort to interpret any facial expressions in my favor or disfavor.  The judges were professional and stone-faced, so I had no luck.  We spent 3 hours watching our peers mix up delicious creations, and by the end were ready to find out the top 3, those of whom will be invited to Mexico in early April.  Well, long story short I’m going to Mexico!  Thanks Herradura and Brown-Forman – you guys rock! 

Cancun Hottie

1 1/2  oz. Herradura Anejo Tequila

1/2 oz. Chambord Liqueur

1/4 oz. Canton Ginger Liqueur

1 tsp. agave nectar

3 dashes tabasco

Directions: Shake all ingredients in a cockail shaker with ice.  Strain into a chilled martini glass. 

Garnish: Flamed orange twist (optional)

Herradura Tequila

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