A tequila drink inspired by a sushi restaurant seems unlikely, but as Ive learned, some of the best things in life are unexpected
This Fuego Verde (aka Green Fire) cocktail is the result of a recent date night in downtown Annapolis. It was a chilly night and we had a few minutes before our dinner reservations, so we popped into a sushi joint and grabbed a seat at the bar. I was planning to get my usual glass of vino, but as soon as I saw their specialty cocktail menu those plans went right out the window!
Scanning through the list of delicious cocktails, a tequila drink caught my eye. With ingredients like jalapenos, basil, and St. Germaine liqueur I couldnt pass it up! We watched the bartender shake and stir up a delicious green drink that looked like nothing I’d ever seen (or sipped) before.
Instantly I was hit with the crispness of the basil, the tang of the lime, and the hint of heat from the jalapeno. Sure, Ive had spicy drinks before, but there was just something special about this one. It had a unique blend of flavors that were intriguing and kept me wanting more.
I had to know what was in it! After a little prodding, the bartender spilled the beans and told us that a homemade jalapeno sour mix was the special twist that made this drink so flavorful.
That very weekend, armed with the top-secret insider info, we set out to recreate this drink with our own twist. Just as the bartender said, the homemade jalapeno sour mix is the key to getting just the right amount of heat. Not too spicy, but enough to wake up those taste buds! Topped off with tequila and Chartreuse, this drink quickly became a new favorite of mine. The best part is that you can keep it mild or kick up the heat by adding more or less of the jalapeno sour mix.
So the next time you find yourself sitting at the bar in a sushi restaurant, go ahead and take a quick look at their cocktail list you never know what you might find! Cheers, and I hope you enjoy this Fuego Verde cocktail!
- 3 cups of simple syrup
- 2 cups of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 cups of freshly squeezed lime juice
- 7 jalapenos, sliced, seeds included (do a little taste test to determine the heat level of your jalapenos, and feel free to add more or less to suit your taste preferences)
- Small handful of fresh basil
- ½ lime, cut into slices
- 3 oz tequila
- 2 oz Jalapeno Sour Mix
- 1 oz St. Germaine
- 1 oz Chartreuse
- Lime wedge and jalapeno slice, for garnish
- Combine all ingredients into an air tight container and let it chill in the fridge for several days. When ready to use, pour the desired amount through a strainer to remove the jalapenos.
- First, in a shaker, muddle together the fresh basil and lime.
- Fill the shaker with ice.
- Add the tequila, St. Germaine, Chartreuse, and sour mix. Shake well and pour into a chilled glass.
- Garnish with a fresh lime wedge and a slice of jalapeno.