Colibri

by Quinn Taylor

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The Colibri (Spanish for hummingbird) is an elegant and herbaceous take on a Margarita. The silky mouthfeel is luscious and the bright citrusy notes refresh the palate. The fragrant lime leaf accentuates the floral notes of cada día tequila reposado and the coriander seed highlights its earthier side. The dry curaçao orange brings out the sweeter notes of vanilla and caramel that emerge from the tequila’s time spent barrel-aging. This cocktail is inspired by that mystical sensation you get when you catch a glimpse of a hummingbird.

Ingredients

2 oz cada día tequila reposado
¾ oz dry curaçao orange
½ oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
½ oz lime leaf & cilantro simple syrup*

*Lime Leaf & Cilantro Simple Syrup

½ cup water
½ cup sugar
Handful of lime leaves torn to release oils
10 cilantro stems
Pinch of coriander seeds
Drop orange blossom water
1 oz vodka to preserve

Combine lime leaves, coriander seeds, water and sugar in a pot and heat on high just until sugar dissolves then remove from heat. Add cilantro stems, orange blossom water and vodka. Let steep and cool for 3 hours then strain and store in a glass bottle or jar in the fridge.

Directions

1. Add all ingredients to mixing glass and stir with ice until chilled and gently diluted.
2. Strain into a chilled coupe. Mist with smoky mezcal.
3. Garnish with lime leaf and pineapple fronds on a cocktail pick. Enjoy!

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