October 30, 2012 at 11:14 AM
"So in honor of those friends and family, loved ones and lost ones, allies and enemies, I toast each of you this season with this lovely drink"
Santa Fe Barman
Chris Milligan is a bartender, bon vivant and a self-professed drink geek.
People love to celebrate and many of our celebrations are misunderstood these days. The symbols and meaning have been lost to commercialism much like the way we lost the use of fresh ingredients in mixology for so long. Once again I offer a little history to add back to our understanding of who we are and what we do.
In Ireland this time of year is Samhain (sow-wain), in America, we call it Halloween and in Latin America, El Día De Los Muertos, The Day of the Dead. Celebrated by many cultures all of which have commonalities to each other like the sharing of food and drink, dressing in costumes, and honoring those who have moved on to the next......whatever you wanna call it (I'm not going to preach).
Well, maybe I am, because the more we understand the background the more we understand ourselves, whether we agree or not with the belief behind the story.
El Dia Del Muerto is primarily known in Mexico and is celebrated graveside with family and friends. It is a two-day festival beginning November 1 where the children that have died are first honored (All Saint's Day) then on November 2 the adults are remembered with (All Soul's Day) Food is prepared and shared along with candies, breads and of course drinks. Tamales are a big hit along with Sugar Skulls, Atole, and Pan de Muerto, which is the inspiration of the drink to come...
Piedra Azul Blanco (meaning Blue Stone) is a great tequila for your Día De Los Muertos festivities. Made from 100% agave Piedra Azul is light and vegetal with stong lingering of brine and citrus that lend well to cocktail making. Eloquently packaged with trims of turquoise (hence the name and a color that is believed to keep evil spirits out), it is great on its own or mixed which you know I can't resist.
So in honor of those friends and family, loved ones and lost ones, allies and enemies, I toast each of you this season with this lovely drink
El Vaso Del Muerto
1 1/2 oz Piedra Azul Blanco
3/4 oz Blood Orange Liqueur
3/4 oz Fresh Lime
Dash of orange bitters
Wash the inside of an Old Fashioned glass with anisette liqueur. then fill it with ice. Combine all other ingredients in a mixing glass and shake. Strain into the Old Fashioned glass and garnish with a lime wheel and Star Anise
This blog was orginally published on Forbes.com.