Caprese Cocktail by Mixologist Patrick Johnson

Santa Cruz-based mixologist Patrick Johnson created this Caprese salad-inspired cocktail with Tres Agaves’ 18 month oak barrel-aged Añejo Tequila, our new Organic Margarita Mix, Cocktail-Ready Agave Nectar, and a medley of organic produce you can find at your local farmer’s market or real foods store.  A refreshing interpretation of the classic Italian starter dish.  (Gotta’ love that Mozzarella garnish!)

Ingredients:

2 oz Tres Agaves Añejo Tequila

1 oz Tres Agaves Organic Margarita Mix

Splash of Tres Agaves Cocktail-Ready Agave Nectar

1 medium sized organic cherry heirloom tomato

5 medium sized basil leaves

Small dash of celery bitters

.5 oz lime juice

3 turns of fresh cracked pepper

Dash of Chipotle powder

Small ball of Mozzarella cheese

Preparation:

– In a mixing glass muddle organic heirloom tomato and basil leaves.

– Add Tres Agaves Añejo Tequila, Tres Agaves Organic Margarita Mix, Tres Agaves Cocktail-Ready Nectar, celery bitters, lime juice, and fresh cracked pepper into salt rimmed glass.

– Add ice and shake hard.

– Fine strain through a tea strainer into glass.

– Add a dash of Chipotle powder to top of cocktail.

– Garnish with a cherry heirloom tomato, basil leaf, and small ball of Mozzarella cheese.

Flor Delice Cocktail by Alex Smith

San Francisco Chronicle’s 2011 Bar Star, Alex Smith

Check out our favorite monthly recipe created by Alex Smith,
winner of SF Chronicle’s 2011 Bar Star Award.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 oz. Tres Agaves Reposado

1 oz. Manzanilla Sherry

1/4 oz. Maraschino

1/4 oz. St. Germain

2 dashes Regan’s orange bitters

French maraschino cherry, for garnish

Preparation:

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
Stir vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with a very good quality French maraschino cherry.

Patrick Johnson’s Pepino Borracho.

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Patrick Johnson, the Santa Cruz-based mixologist extraordinaire was gracious enough to compile this fiery jalapeño and Tres Agaves-inspired cocktail! Can you handle the heat?!

Ingredients:

1 inch cucumber

Quarter sized slice of jalapeño (no seeds if you can’t handle heat!)

Juice from 1 lime

3/4 oz Tres Agaves Nectar

2 oz Tres Agaves Blanco

Directions:

Muddle cucumber and jalapeño.

Add other ingredients.

Ice and shake.

Strain.

Enjoy.

Sweet Heat!

Looking for a way to cool off during these long hot summer days? Dave Nepove, the director of mixology for Southern Wine & Spirits of California, has created an amazing cocktail for those times where you want to stay cool, yet have a kick of spice to your day or night.

Ingredients:

– 1 ½ oz. Tres Agaves Reposado

– 1 oz. Licor 43*

– ½ oz. Tres Agaves Cocktail-Ready Agave Nectar

– 1 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice

– ½ fresh jalapeño pepper (seeds removed)

– Lime wheel and/or thin jalapeño strips, for garnish (optional)

Preparation:

Muddle jalapeño in lime and agave nectar.  Add ice and Tequila, shake well and strain over fresh ice into a Collins glass. Garnish with lime wheel and/or thin jalapeño strips, if desired.

* Licor 43, or Cuarenta Y Tres (Spanish for “43”), is a bright yellow Spanish liqueur. It is made from citrus and fruit juices, flavored with vanilla and other aromatic herbs and spices, in total 43 different ingredients (hence the name).

ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Licor_43

Grilling Tri-Tip for Tacos!

TriTipTacos

Calling all grill amateurs, intermediates, and master chefs!  Steve Halili’s very own rendition of Mexican tacos will have you asking why you ever bothered cooking seasoned-ground beef on the stove!

Serving Size:

3-4 People

Total Cooking and Prep Time:

45 Minutes – 1 Hour

Ingredients:

-2 lbs of Tri-Tip (Trimmed)

-2 Jalapeño Peppers

-1 White Onion

-1 Stack of Cilantro

-12 oz Queso Fresco

-Cayenne Pepper

-Garlic Powder

-Coarse Sea Salt

-Fresh Ground Pepper

-Extra Virgin Olive Oil

– 4 Limes

-Bag of Small Corn Tortillas

Directions:

Before anything, you should light the charcoals in a smoke chimney. While the coals are heating up, begin to prep the tri-tip by applying a healthy amount of coarse sea salt, fresh ground pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and finely diced up jalapeño peppers. Once you have all those ingredients on the tri-tip, begin to massage the dry rub onto the meat while applying a light coating of extra virgin olive oil. Afterwards, begin to dice up the cilantro and onion and mix them together into a bowl. Cut up the limes in order to squeeze your lime juice to top off the tacos.

Once you’re done with the prep work, the coals on the grill should be just about done and should be smoking white. Arrange the coals on one side of the grill, this will allow for the application of direct heat and indirect heat. Afterwards, you want to place the tri-tip on the portion of the grill that is directly underneath the charcoals for about 5 minutes, flipping the tri-tip over every minute within that time frame in order to give it a nice sear and grill marks. Then proceed to move the tri-tip to the other side of the grill in order for it to begin cooking under indirect heat, which will allow for a slower cooking method that doesn’t dry out the meat. The tri-tip should be flipped every 5-7 minutes for about 25-30 minutes. If you have a meat thermometer, you should shoot for an internal temperature of about 125-140 for a rare to medium rare finish.

After the tri-tip has been cooked on the grill, step away from the carving station and drop the knife because you want to give the tri-tip time to ‘rest’. By leaving the meat alone for about 10 minutes you allow the meat to cook internally while allowing all the juices to re-enter the center of the tri-tip. Once those arduous ten minutes of waiting are up, you can finally carve up the tri-tip, but be sure to cut against the grain of the meat in order to achieve maximum tenderness. For example, if the grain on the meat is running horizontally, you want to cut the meat vertically. This simple, yet very crucial moment in the cutting process can make a meal, tender and juicy or hard and fibrous. Once you’re done cutting up the meat into small cubes, you can begin the customization of your very own tri-tip taco with the diced onions, cilantro, quartered limes and queso fresco!

We here at Tres Agaves would love to hear about your successful grilling stories, pictures, or any feedback you’d like to leave! [email protected]

That’s My Jamm.


David Roark Ruiz creates locally produced hand-made organic jams tailored for cocktails, which are all custom made and fashioned around a specific libation or ingredient found in that cocktail. David was generous enough to concoct a Tres Agaves Reposado Tequlia inspired cocktail with a jam he developed specifically for this cocktail.

2 oz Tres Agaves Tequila

1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

1 tbs of Strawberry Habanero Jam

Pepper Revolution!

Strictly reserved for the seasoned mixologists, we have a cocktail that is a true alchemy of savory and sweet, but still light and refreshing, with a sophisticated pepper kick as a result of the various/unique pepper infusions.

Patrick Johnson, mixologist based in Santa Cruz, constructed this libation especially for Tres Agaves at Hecho en San Francisco event on Cinco de Mayo, 2011.

Pepper Revolution

– 2oz Tres Agave Blanco

– 1oz Pepper infused agave syrup (see specifics below)

– Juice of 1 lime

Shaken, served on the rocks

Agave soaked peppers used as garnish

Pepper Agave Syrup

– 2:1 agave nectar to water

– Toast black pepper corns till fragrant

– Red, green, gold bell peppers sliced and seeds removed

– Anaheim and aji peppers deveined and seeds removed

– Cook till peppers are soft, and agave nectar dissolves fully into water.

– Remove from heat and let peppers remain in syrup overnight.

– Strain and save the peppers for garnish

Mexican-Inspired Grilled Chicken Wings

It’s time to get your grill on!  Perfecto for impromptu barbecues, we love this Mexican-inspired, dry-rub grilled chicken wing recipe because there is no need to marinate the chicken beforehand.

Serving Size:

3 To 4 People

Total Cooking Time With Prep:

45 Minutes To An Hour

What You Will Need:

– Charcoal Grill

Large Bowl

3 lbs of whole chicken wings (wing tips included)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Sea Salt (table salt is fine too)

Granulated Garlic Powder

Cayenne Pepper

Fresh Ground Pepper

Tapatio Hot Sauce

Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

Small Stack of Cilantro

Directions:

First things first, prepare your charcoal grill with a heap of gray/white coals in the middle of the coal catcher. I insist that you leave the charcoal unadulterated (i.e. no lighter fluid) because it will ruin the flavors you are about to embark on. Normally I use a standard sized Weber grill that comfortably fits 3 lbs of chicken wings on the outer edge of the grill leaving the middle completely open for other food to grill with direct heat. You don’t want your chicken wings on top of direct heat for too long because they will char too quickly (and you don’t want burnt, undercooked chicken wings!) The old barbeque adage goes, “Low And Slow Is the Way To Go!”

While the coals are heating up nicely on the grill, grab a large sized bowl and put all the chicken wings in. Once you’ve done that, begin to add: sea salt, cayenne pepper, fresh ground pepper, granulated garlic powder, Tapatio Hot Sauce, and fresh squeezed lime juice, liberally.

Now this is when things get dirty! Mix up all the ingredients in the bowl with your hands in order to massage all these ingredients into the chicken wings. Once you’ve done that, you might want to add another helping of the ingredients above in order to cover the wings that were on the bottom of the bowl, but that’s completely up to your discretion and taste buds. You want to make sure the chicken wings have a light red tint to them, if not add more cayenne pepper to the equation.  Before you put the wings on the grill, be sure to whip out that extra virgin olive oil and liberally coat the top of the bowl full of wings and stir it all up again. The Extra Virgin Olive Oil will act as a nice coating in order to keep the previous ingredients on the wings and to help crisp up the wings while they’re cooking on the grill.

After all that elbow grease has been used up mixing the bowl full of wings, you’re about ready to go put these bad boys on the grill. Be sure to put the wings on the edges of your circular grill with the skin side facing down and the wing tips facing toward the middle of the grill. Once every 3 to 4 minutes you want to flip the wings over with the wing tips facing toward the edge of the grill and the skin side facing up. Be sure to rotate the wing tip and skin side positions in various ways to make sure that every portion of the wings has been on the grill. You want to achieve a nice golden brown hue to your wings, which usually takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour of flipping them every 3-4 minutes. Make sure to keep the lid on top of the grill during the last portion of the cooking process in order to achieve a nice smoky flavor. While you’re waiting for the wings to cook, be sure to grab that stack of cilantro and dice them up finely, which will serve as a nice garnish after you take the wings off the grill and onto a serving plate.

Please send any pictures, success stories, or comments about this recipe to [email protected]. I’d love to hear how your chicken wings turn out!