The weather in New York this weekend has been mostly overcast with spates of rain. No grilling for me this weekend, so I put my desires of grilled salmon on cedar plank on hold and cheered myself up by creating a new cocktail – thyme tequila fizz. She’s wonderful! A sensational thyme-infused tequila based cocktail topped with cava.
I love herb-infused cocktails, I’m the same with food. Rather than synthetic substitutes or artificial flavors, I’m more inclined to prepare a meal or drink with fresh ingredients. Fresh ingredients are what make a cocktail, a real true cocktail, anything else is just imitation.
I get excited when I go to a bar and they have their fresh ingredients in sealed jars on display, just waiting for their moment to shine in a drink of my choice. Below is a list of a few bars and restaurants I frequent that use fresh ingredients to create their cocktails,
Bars & Restaurants that serve great cocktails with fresh ingredients
I don’t go to these bars and restaurants alone, of course, I have a small group of friends and family I call upon when the urge takes me.
The most discerning in taste with high quality cocktail requirements are, my niece, Jasmine – fashion and lifestyle blogger; cousin, Tracy – senior executive assistant and part-time lush/party girl; and Kerry – new mom and burgeoning activist.
Cava goes so well with tequila and for this cocktail I used Herradura Reposado. You can use any brand of tequila you prefer, but make sure to use the reposado variety to get that smooth, somewhat smoky flavor. Blanco is a little too harsh for this recipe, and it’s just not necessary to spend the extra coinage on añejo.
My new fave tequila based cocktail is now the thyme tequila fizz. Admittedly, I am a little fickle where cocktails are concerned. But you’ll see, once you take a sip of this wonderful drink, you will be sold too. Enjoy!
Remember – drinks responsibly.