Recipes from the Lab

Tequila House Cocktail with Campari Ice Ball

Campari® is one of those unique flavors that people either 'get' or dislike completely, similar to the reaction some people have with cilantro (love or hate).  It is a shame too because Campari® has a beautifully complex bitter-sweet flavor combination that is almost indescribable. It can make the ordinary exquisite and extraordinary even more unique and amazing.

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The House Tequila Cocktail plays well with the unique bitterness of the Campari® and the agave smokiness creates a flavor that will keep your mouth wanting more. The drink requires a little prep, but it is worth it.

Tools:
Shaker, strainer, double old-fashioned glass, Whiskey Ice Co Spherical Ice Ball Maker, ½ oz – 1 ½ oz. Professional Stainless Jigger

To make Campari ice ball:
Add 3 ounces of Campari® to the Whiskey Ice Co.® Ice Mold; add 1/2 ounce of simple syrup, 1 Tbsp. Agnostura® Bitters and fill to the top of the logo with fresh water. Freeze until solid and form an ice ball using your Whiskey Ice Co.® Spherical Ice Ball Maker

To make fresh ginger juice:
Grate a 4 inch piece of fresh ginger into a bowl with a cheesecloth or fine mesh sieve, once grated, express the juice from the grated ginger (you should have about 1/2 an ounce of fresh ginger juice).

Assembly:
In a large double old-fashioned glass, add the Campari® ice ball and set to the side.

Next, in a shaker half-filled with ice, combine 2 ounces of good silver/blanco tequila (we like Corzo® Silver for its bright and tropical notes), 3/4 ounce of fresh lime juice (or the juice of about half a large lime), 1/2 ounce simple syrup and 1/4 ounce fresh ginger juice (see recipe above) and shake vigorously (about 30-40 shakes), like you are mad at it.  

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Strain cocktail over the Campari® ice ball and add a small splash of soda water or preferably orange soda water (like Lacroix sparkling orange water -- please not "orange soda" though).  As the Campari® ice ball melts, it will slowly release the Campari® flavor and start to change the color of the drink to red.

Optionally, you can increase the ratio of tequila, to make it more of a "sipper", which will give the Campari® ice ball more time to infuse the drink. Whichever way you decide to enjoy the drink, remember to always enjoy responsibly.

Cheers