Our “Tequila Mix Masters” series continues with rockstar bartender and mixologist Dustin Haarstad of the Blind Tiger Cocktail Company. In this installment, he shows Scarlet how to make a Tequila Sazerac using Fortaleza Añejo tequila.
“A sazerac is the New Orleans version of a traditional Old Fashioned, which would normally use cognac or rye,” Haarstad said.
It’s a great cocktail for people who prefer to drink their tequilas neat, and it’s not a very difficult one to create at home.
“For this drink I use Fortaleza Añejo because the barrel-aged flavors and subtle butterscotch of the agave really shine through,” he said.
The finished cocktail has a nice strong citrus smell, with a rounded mouth feel. The añejo tequila really plays well with the citrus, and is absolutely delicious. We can easily see drinking this after dinner and really enjoying it.
Drink Name: Tequila Sazerac (Old Fashioned)
Mixologist: Dustin Haarstad, Blind Tiger Cocktail Company
Tequila Used: Fortaleza Añejo
Filmed At: Cafe Coyote, San Diego, CA
1.) Start with a pint glass
2.) Add 2 ounces of Fortaleza Añejo tequila
3.) Add 1/2 ounce of cocktail-ready agave nectar (from Tres Agaves)
4.) Add a few dashes (2-3) of Peychaud’s Bitters
5.) Add ice and stir (don’t shake!)
6.) Spritz the inside of a glass with Absinthe
7.) Strain the cocktail into the spritzed glass
8.) Top off the glass with a bit of orange peel