Friday, June 17, 2016

La Jefa - A Martini Made with Altos Plata and Bitter Aperitif

I came up with this cocktail about a year ago, early in my love affair with Altos Tequila, during a late night with friends and I was free styling new cocktail recipes.  Not long before, I had discovered a book called Beta Cocktails by Kirk Estopinal of Cure in New Orleans and Maksym Pazuniak.  Beta Cocktails is a self-published book you can buy on, and is one of the most dog-eared and post-it tagged in our library, a beloved treasure in our collection of cocktail books.

It was in this book that I discovered the Campari “Martini” – a simple martini made with Campari and saline solution.  This cocktail Blew. My. Mind.  It was also the time that I was understanding how martinis work: that they are like prisms and the vodka pulls apart flavor and makes each independent aromatic more distinct.  SO – in comes Altos Plata Tequila.  A gorgeous silver tequila that has a nice clarity, a clean taste of agave, and all that minerality that I love so much.  In short, it is a savory tequila.  Enter bitter aperitifs – the tequila in this martini is the prism, and pulls apart all those gorgeous aromatics found in a well-made bitters product.  Add a few drops of saline solution, and a few drops of hops distillate to add a spicy vegetal note to the cocktail and you have La Jefa – which means Boss Lady in Spanish.  This cocktail is a stunningly beautiful lady - but she is strong and powerful - lest you forget who is the boss.

The great thing about martinis is that you can prepare them one off or you can batch them and serve them in a classy martini pitcher.  Below are the proportions for both the batched version and the singular serving – because I know you are going to want to share this cocktail with friends. 
I hope you enjoy this cocktail as much as I do, I’m starting to think that this is my new Spirit Cocktail (is that a thing?).  Anyway….  It’s damn delicious, and it is a lovely martini variation for summer entertaining.

La Jefa
Created by Gastronomista
Serves 1

3 oz Altos Plata Tequila
1 oz Bitter Aperitif
2 drops Hops Distillate
2 drops Saline Solution (1 Cup Water to 1 Tablespoon Salt)

Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail coupe

La Jefa – Batched
Makes 5 Martinis

15 oz Altos Plata Tequila
5 oz Bitter Aperitif
1 Barspoon Hops Distillate
1 Barspoon Saline Solution
2 oz Chilled Water

Stir and chill in the refrigerator prior to serving.

Styling Notes
Mixology Coupes - Waterford
Martini Pitcher - Waterford
Seamless Gold Jigger - Parched Penguin
Gold Bar Spoon -  Parched Penguin

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