The topic is Bein’ Green which is nice because there are lots of options when making green cocktails. My half bottle of Green Chartreuse is jumping out at me but that seems too easy.
The sage in my garden is almost done for the year so I think it’s time to use it up so I ended up making a tequila version of my Cucumber Sage cocktail. Tequila, tabasco, and lime are all classic combinations but pairing it with cucumber and sage gave it a seasonal taste (and gives you a serving of vegetables!)
2 oz tequila (Cazadores Anejo)
1 oz lime juice
1 oz cucumber juice
½ oz agave syrup
5 dashes green tabasco sauce
5 sage leaves
Muddle sage in a mixing glass. Pour the remaining ingredients into the mixing glass and fill with ice. Shake and double strain into an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a cucumber wheel and smacked sage leaf.
I make cucumber juice in bulk by tossing a cucumber into a blender or juicer and then fine straining but you can also muddle about 5cm of cucumber in the mixing glass to get about 1 oz of juice. Keep the skin for a darker green colour. (For this drink I left the skin on one third of the cucumber before juicing)
Silver or reposado tequilas work fine too since they will all dominate the drink. I just had a lot of anejo on hand.
Four green ingredients plus two green garnishes ought to satisfy the topic. Since agave is a green plant, the syrup and tequila must count as green ingredients too, right?