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The Twilight Lounge – March 27, 2016

Ok, so it’s a not a true Tia Juana, but it’s pretty close…

I’ve continued to look for cocktails to use my bottle of Suze in and often find myself substituting the Suze for Campari since they are so close in flavor and taste.  So last Sunday I found myself doing so with a cocktail called the Tia Juana.

Suze Tia Juana

  • 1/2 oz Suze
  • 1-1/4 oz dry vermouth
  • 1-1/2 oz tequila

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice.  Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

I used Noilly Prat vermouth and Cazadores tequila.  The yellow Suze combined with the Noilly Prat and Cazadores provides a deep gold color that is delightful to see in the glass.  The vermouth was front and center with the first sip, with a slightly bitter finish provided by the Suze.  As the cocktail warmed over the 30 minutes or so that I sipped it the vermouth did fade a bit.  Interestingly enough the tequila stays very subdued throughout, so if you are looking for something that tastes like tequila, Tia Juana isn’t for you.  In fact, for an all booze drink, this one does not taste boozy at all.

What drinks have you substituted ingredients for and how did it turn out?

Cheers!

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