Classic
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Tequila • Sour
Siesta

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A tequila variation on the Hemingway Daiquiri, the Siesta is a modern day classic that was developed by New York City bartender Katie Stipe in 2006. Like the Hemingway Daiquiri, the drink features lime juice, grapefruit juice and simple syrup, but it swaps out the usual rum for silver tequila and the maraschino liqueur for Campari. The result is a fantastic, refreshing and complex cocktail packed with notes of candied orange and grapefruit. If you love refreshingly sweet-tart shaken drinks but prefer cocktails with a bit of bitterness, the Siesta is about to be your new favorite libation.

Campari is an acquired taste, and not everyone digs its robust, perfume-like flavor on the first sip. But that’s okay—if you’re new to the bright red aperitif, you could substitute Aperol in this cocktail, which is slightly sweeter. As always, the Siesta will be at its absolute tastiest when made with freshly-squeezed juices. If you’re serving the cocktail at a party and see yourself being short on time right before people start arriving, squeeze the lime and grapefruit juices the morning of the big bash. Cover them and store them in the fridge until it’s time to make the cocktails. If you’re absolutely in a pinch and have to use store-bought grapefruit juice, make sure it doesn’t contain any added sugar or preservatives so the Siesta has the freshest flavor possible.

We recommend sipping the drink on a balmy sunny day or, as its name implies, just before taking a siesta.

The Essentials

Silver Tequila
Grapefruit Juice
Campari
Shaker
Strainer
The Details

Ingredients

2 oz Silver Tequila
0.5 oz Lime Juice
0.5 oz Grapefruit Juice
0.5 oz Campari
0.5 oz Simple Syrup
Grapefruit Twist, for garnish

Method

  • Add all ingredients except for the garnish to a shaker tin with ice.
  • Shake and strain with a Hawthorne strainer into a chilled coupe glass.
  • Express a grapefruit twist over the cocktail and drop into the drink for a garnish.
intermediate
Strength:

Mix it Up

Recommended tequilas: Astral Blanco, Pueblo Viejo Blanco, Patron Silver, Cazadores Blanco, Hornitos Silver

Simple Syrup
Custom Ingredient

Ingredients

1 Cup White sugar
1 Cup Water

Method

  • Combine the water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce to a simmer and stir until sugar dissolves, then immediately take the saucepan off the heat. 
  • Let cool, then pour into a container (a Mason jar works nicely) and store in the refrigerator for up to one month. 
Whiskey Sweet Intermediate
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