Is my Spanish correct? Si o no? I got an email with this recipe, called Corazon de Camarena, and HAD to try it. I love herbs in my cocktails. And strawberries are so delicious right now. It sounded like the perfect drink to try out for Cinco de Mayo. I'll be honest, I don't usually get all crazy about this holiday. I think I maybe went out to a bar once on Cinco de Mayo. When I was in college. And while I barely remember it, its because it was so long ago not because I had a drunken blast.
So when a tequila company asks if you want a sample, you say, claro que si! Don't you love the bottle of the Camarena Tequila? Everything about it makes me want to whisk it off for a relaxing vacation to Cabo. The recipe is super easy, uses super fresh ingredients and is a little different from your run of the mill margarita. No better time than the middle of the afternoon on a weekday when you are home alone with the children to try out a new cocktail recipe I always say.
Dude, I'm wasted!! No, just kidding. I took several sips and then stopped. But didn't want to. No children were harmed in the making of this recipe:
Corazon de Camarena
2 oz. Familia Camarena Reposado Tequila
1/2 cup strawberry simple syrup (*see recipe below)
2 oz. fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon agave nectar
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped roughly
Place the basil in the bottom of a cocktail shaker, pour in the tequila. Use the back of a spoon (or muddler - or end of a metal ice cream scooper like I used) to mash the basil leaves into the tequila. Fill the shaker with ice and add strawberry simple syrup, lime juice and agave nectar. Fill with ice, shake and strain into a high ball glass over ice. Garnish with sliced strawberries on the rim and ribbons of basil mixed in the drink.
*Strawberry Simple Syrup
Combine 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and 5 sliced strawberries in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Cool the syrup, then strain the liquid through a sieve, pressing the strawberries to extract all liquid.
I made the strawberry simple syrup the day before so I knew it would be cold when I wanted to make the recipe. I used cheesecloth instead of a sieve. It may not have been fine enough. As I squeezed, bits were starting to ooze out and it looked like something that would work well for a Halloween special effect. I found it a bit sweet, and since I don't enjoy overly sweet drinks, I decided to leave out the agave nectar when I made the final drink. It took about 2 1/2 limes to get 2 oz. of juice so plan your shopping list accordingly. As per usual, I didn't read the part about serving over ice. I think the recipe above would be for two drinks if they were served over ice.
I REALLY liked this recipe. A LOT. The tequila smelled really good. I'm not sure I usually think that when I smell tequila (which is not often). I highly recommend this recipe for your Cinco de Mayo and summer entertaining. Be sure to check out the Camarena website for this and other recipes. There are some others I am going to try. And I just saw this tequila at my local grocery store this weekend, so you should be able to find it in a store near you. Please note that my son only wants me to take his picture when I don't want to. And yes, that is melted chocolate all up on his grill. If mama is drinking in the afternoon, kids can have chocolate bunnies. What's fair is fair.
I received a bottle of Camarena Tequila to sample. Holler!
All photos mine.