tequilaIf 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.

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Shake all ingredients vigorously with ice in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
  3. 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.)