Friday, July 1, 2011

Southwest-Inspired Cocktail Recipe: The Cuban Sunset

Are you all getting ready to celebrate the long weekend? The only thing better than holidays are holidays that fall on Friday or Monday, right?

I am a member of a dining group here in Tucson and from time to time, our group leader, Amy Mason, shares recipes she has learned from her various foodie adventures. The cocktail recipe below is from JBar Tucson, a local Tucson restaurant, and apparently it is one of the best-selling drinks (cost $8). You can make this one for your friends this weekend, or take them to JBar!

The Cuban Sunset
1.5 oz habanero infused Vodka
2oz Kerns Passion Fruit Puree
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
small plate w/fine granulated sugar on it (can use colored sugar for impact)
cliantro sprigs for garnish

Place all ingredients in a martini shaker with ice shake vigorously for 10 seconds...strain into martini glass rimmed with sugar, garnish with cilantro. DRINK!


Open bottle of vodka (Jano's even uses Smirnoff for this one as its good vodka Kristian says just not one you want if Vodka taste is what u want, but he says no need to spend $ once u drop a habanero in it...subtle flavor is a waste to pay for...LOL)

USING gloves, cut in half one Habanero pepper and de-seed it put it in bottle. Replace lid on in a room temp environment for 24 hours (no more, no less) Strain off vodka into a clean bottle...and its ready to pour.

Photo: Downtown Kitchen+Cocktails Photo Album on Facebook