101 Best New Cocktails: Jalisco Stroll by Eric Giger, Neighborhood , San Diego, CA, USA
Eric Giger, Neighborhood , San Diego, CA, USA
“This cocktail was created at Noble Experiment in San Diego and put onto the summer cocktail menu. The original inspiration was a Tequila Little Italy cocktail that I had made for a customer and was quickly modified and developed to what we have today after sharing the idea the fellow bartenders at Noble Experiment. We came up with a Tequila Cardinal which was great and just a hint of salt pushed it over the edge and we knew we had a winner that was odd, unique and bitter, just like our souls.
“The salt in the cocktail mellows the bitterness of the Campari and enhances the sweet notes of the tequila, bringing a nice balance between bitter and sweet,” Eric Giger
30 ml (1 oz) dry vermouth
30 ml (1 oz) Campari
4 drops concentrated saline solution*
1 lemon twist, as garnish
Stir over ice and strain into a chilled double-old-fashioned glass over one large ice cube. Add the garnish.
Combine 120 ml (4 oz) of room-temperature water with 30 grams (1 oz) of kosher salt into mixing glass and stir vigorously to dissolve. Place solution into a bitters glass dropper bottle and use 4-5 droplets per cocktail. The saline solution is preferred over a coarse salt grinder due to ease of blending ingredients without the risk of over stirring and over dilution.
gaz sez: Simple, elegant, and oh-so tasty. Eric’s right when he says, “just a hint of salt pushed it over the edge.” Try this drink without the saline solution, then try is again with the saline solution—there’s a world of difference.
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