If you really (and I mean really!) want to add a very unique cocktail to the holidays, then DeLeon Tequila’s Salud is the cocktail for you. Check this mix out: platinum tequila, sherry, pineapple and lime juice, passion fruit, absinthe and bitters garnished with an orange peel. Now that is a flavor explosion just waiting to happen.
Salud! is the Spanish equivalent to Cheers!
The Salud drink begins with DeLeón’s Platinum tequila and uses pineapple, passion fruit, and lime for a fruity base. After that, the drink begins to take a turn from the tequila and fruit standard into the exceptional. This is primarily due to the Palo Cortado Sherry, a very rare style that is some of the best you will find among this wine. The absinthe also does its small part in making it a very fine cocktail and here it is used a bit more like bitters, just a dash to accent and finish the drink to perfection.
If you cannot find this particular sherry, Stacy Slinkard’s Sherry Wine 101 article is a great place to find substitutes.
- 2 ounces DeLeón® Platinum Tequila* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H6amDbAwlY
- 1/2 ounce Palo Cortado Sherry
- 1 ounce fresh pineapple juice
- 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1/4 ounce passion fruit puree
- 1 dash absinthe
- 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
- Orange peel for garnish
- Shake all ingredients vigorously with ice in a cocktail shaker.
- Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
- Garnish with an orange peel.
Prep Time:3 minutes
Yield: 1 Cocktail
About DeLeón Tequila: It was launched in 2009 and is made from 100% Blue Weber agave. The tequila hails from Los Altos in the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico and uses traditional clay and brick ovens to bake the agave before a double distillation.
*(DeLeón produces Platinum (blanco), Reposado, Añejo, Diamante (joven), Extra Añejo (36 months, bottled at 108 proof), and Leona expressions. The Platinum has a MSRP of $60/750ml bottle, so it is a reasonably priced premium brand. The aged tequilas are rested in a combination of American oak and French wine casks.)