A while ago the lovely Ginny* over at Coupe Half Full mentioned a full-on cocktail called Averna y Tequila. There’s no messing around here – you can guess the main ingredients by the title – and as I already had both Averna and tequila handy I thought I’d give it a go. The only thing missing was fresh grapefruit juice and enough bravado to try this beast.
As it turned out, I didn’t need the bravado. Although perhaps not a particularly sophisticated cocktail, it’s a very drinkable one. The tequila’s minerality and slight smokiness is highlighted, so if you like tequila there’s a good chance you’ll like this cocktail. And the bitterness of the grapefruit juice is offset by the caramely notes of the Averna, which, despite belonging to the Amari – or bitter liqueur – family, is relatively sweet and flavoursome (it is not as bitter as Campari, for example, the Amari most people are familiar with). The downside? There’s no real mystique about this drink; each flavour is fairly discernible, so when you tell someone what’s in it, there’s only an, ‘Oh right,’ as a response, rather than that lightbulb moment some drinks elicit (you know, that delighted, ‘OH!! Right!’ you sometimes get). Maybe that’s the problem with naming the drink after its principle ingredients – it removes the element of surprise. But if that’s the only problem with this drink then I have no problem with it at all. In fact, I think I might have another. Cheers!
1.5 oz (45ml) silver tequila
1 oz (30ml) fresh grapefruit juice
3/4 oz (22ish ml) Averna
Shake all ingredients together with a heap of ice. Strain into a glass that’s half-full of fresh ice. Garnish with a wedge of grapefruit. (In summer, this might be good as a long drink, served in a Collins glass and topped with soda. If we ever get a hot day here – hello, Melbourne, I’m talking to you – I’ll give it a go and let you know the result.)
I followed this recipe: http://www.foodandwine.com/fwx/drink/ciao-averna-3-great-cocktails-italian-liqueur
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The wee beastie in the photo was handmade by the talented Made by Rozzle.
*Not only does she write sublime posts about cocktails, she has Gin in her name. Awesome.