Sunset Cocktail: Chasing Fireflies on National Tequila Day


1 1/2 oz Espolòn Tequila Blanco
1/2 oz Green Chartreuse
1/2 oz Orgeat
1/2 oz Orange Juice
1/2 oz Lime Juice

Shake everything with ice and strain into an ice filled Rocks glass. garnish with a Lime wedge.

As today is National Tequila Day I went out and picked up a bottle just to make something for the holiday. I wanted to make something other than another goddamned Margarita and saw this cocktail which also uses one of my favorite things in the world, Chartreuse. It was a nice shade of glowy green without the use of any kind of crappy artificially colored liqueurs and with a little light positioned behind the glass I was trying to emulate the firefly’s butt-glow.

I know that I just don’t have a taste for Tequila (or Mezcal for that matter) so I went about looking for something that was a good representation of the spirit that didn’t cost too much. I’m well familiar with Cuervo and Patron thanks to Chilifest on Martha’s Vineyard (there are things I will never unsee…) but I wanted something better, or at least different. While I did get a few suggestions from people more learned than I, my quest ended with a bottle of Espolòn Tequila Blanco. This was a staff pick at Bottles and, lets face it, how could I turn down a skeleton riding a rooster into a fight with other skeletons wielding machetes?

I’ll try once again to get into this renowned Agave spirit with this bottle here. I can’s say for sure that this is my gateway Tequila yet, but it’s worth trying out. I already like that tequila in the drink here more than this one…

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