Tanti Luce Rosemary Clementine Gin and Tonic

rosemary clementine gin and tonic: Tanti LuceRosemary Clementine Gin and Tonic
From Missy Auge of Tanti Luce 221

The drinks on Tanti Luce 221’s menu are bold, inventive and playful. The absolute fun co-owner Missy Auge is having really comes through. “I do my own thing,” she proclaims, and the result is a full line of house infusions including Tanti Luce 221’s Rosemary Clementine Gin. Missy says gin is fun to make cocktails with because of its interesting and complex flavor, and she’s finding that people are becoming more interested in gin. “Gin is the new black!” she exclaims. “And when you think about it, gin is the original infusion: a blank spirit that someone added juniper to.” Missy expanded on that infusion by adding citrus and herbs to create a specialty liquor that tastes great in a simple gin and tonic. Continue reading

La Espolóna Margarita

la espolona grapefruit margaritafrom El Pinto

“A refreshing twist on a traditional margarita is the La Espolóna, a refreshing cocktail made with fresh and sweet ruby red grapefruit, simple syrup and Espolón Silver Tequila. Beware: When this drink is made properly, you may not notice the tequila but only the sweet refreshing nature of the grapefruit. And if you are not a grapefruit lover, you may become one after a couple La Espolónas.” —Douglas Evilsizor, El Pinto

12 oz fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit
1.5 oz Espolón tequila
1.5 oz simple syrup
splash fresh lime juice

Serve in an 18 oz Tom Collins or highball glass. Garnish with a large circular wedge of grapefruit.

El Pinto, 10500 4th St NW, Albuquerque, 505.898.1771, elpinto.com.

Model T Margarita

Model T Margaritafrom Vintage 423


“The Model T Margarita is one of our popular summer drinks to sip while relaxing on the patio. This drink was created by Keila Harrington from National Distributing Company, a specialist in mixing up delicious refreshing drinks!” —Michelle Maestas, Vintage 423

1.5 oz Herradura Silver tequila
.5 oz Grand Marnier
.5 oz watermelon liqueur
.5 oz agave nectar
.5 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
2 slices of jalapeños, muddled

Shaken all together and poured over ice, this drink is served on the rocks!

Vintage 423, 10500 4th St NW, Albuquerque, 505.821.1918, vintage-423.com.