Wet Bar Wednesday

Tequila long has been my liquor of choice.  It began late in college when it seemed apparent that it was not a liquor to be trifled with.  If everyone else was going to treat it so carefully, I decided I would cozy up and get nice and friendly.  Of course, at that time Jose Cuervo was the tequila of choice for many bars, and the age of more refined tequilas hadn’t quite begun.  Tequila at that point in time deserved some of the bad reputation it enjoyed.  

But it can’t be denied that the taste of tequila can be very overpowering, and making it palatable to folks who don’t seek it out precisely because of this taste can be challenging.  One attempt to make it more palatable is to cover up the taste, sometimes through sweetness.  But if you’re not a big fan of over-the-top sweet drinks, say, like my wife, then finding other combinations becomes important.  Long Island Iced Teas are one great way to do this.  Another is the frozen matador.
  • 1.5 parts tequila (many folks will insist on white or plata tequila, but use what you like)
  • 2 parts pineapple juice (get something that’s just pineapple juice, no added sugar, like this)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice (again, squeeze your own or buy something without added sugar)
  • 1 piece of pineapple for garnish
Put the first three ingredients together with some ice in a blender and blend to a slushy consistency.  If you’re feeling lazy, you can just shake the ingredients with ice (or mix directly in the glass if you  prefer, just make sure you stir well).  Put the pineapple chunk/wedge/whatever on a toothpick and lay across the top of the glass for garnish.
Normally pineapple juice would be too sweet, but the lime juice (unsweetened) cuts that sweetness, providing an interesting set of flavors that pair well with the tequila.  

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