“I have always loved Horchata and will pretty much order it where and whenever I see it”” Colin Pflugradt, a mixologist at Scottsdale, Arizona’s SOL Mexican Cocina, says of the traditional Mexican rice-based beverage. “I have always wanted to try a cocktail with Horchata, but just mixing it with tequila left something to be desired.”
That is, until he tried mixing in something else unexpected: tea. “I was messing around with tequila infusions and tried tea bag and tequila infusions,” he says. “Good Earth’s tea has very strong cinnamon and nutmeg flavor, and after trying the Good Earth-infused tequila I knew it would go perfectly with horchata.”
The plan worked, and the cocktail made it onto SOL’s menu. “The Horchata Martini is the perfect fall or winter drink,” Pflugradt says. “It’s a great alternative to the Hot Toddy and is best enjoyed while sitting next to a roaring fireplace.”
The Horchata Martini
2.5 oz. horchata (store-bought is OK)
2.5 oz. tea-infused reposado tequila *
.5 oz. 1921 Tequila Cream
Pour tequila into an ice-filled shaker. Add horchata and tequila cream. Shake vigorously then strain into a martini glass and dust with cinnamon.
*To infuse tequila, place one tea bag in a full bottle for no more than 24 hours.
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