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Inspired by the Mexican Amante Picante, the Picante de la Casa was developed by Chris Ojeda and his bartending team at Soho House. It combines freshly chopped coriander and agave syrup with the suspects of your usual Margarita, and a chili pepper garnish that adds a unforgettably fiery finish. The unique blend of flavours makes a change from more traditional alternatives, and provides the perfect drink to sip before a summer barbecue in your garden. However, this is not for the impatient, faint hearted or lazy.
If you want a drink that will be ready in a minute you should look away now. There is a fair amount of chopping, juicing and shaking, but the end result is a perfect combination of sweet, sour, spicy and strong.
50ml good quality tequila (they use reposado)
20ml agave nectar
25ml fresh lime juice
1 small piece of chili pepper (halved lengthways)
1 stem of Coriander (hand clapped: about 12 leaves)
1 rocks glass
Slightly press the Fresno chili pepper to release some of the seeds and aroma, and hand clap the cilantro (coriander) leaves to release their flavor. Add all liquid ingredients starting with lime, agave, and finally the tequila to a steel cocktail shaker. Add ice, shake vigorously for about half a minute, and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a slice of Fresno chili pepper and a cilantro leaf for colour. Cheers!
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