I received two unexpected bottles of liquor at the beginning of the week; one was a bottle of New Zealand’s Broken Shed Premium Vodka and the other a bottle of Partido Blanco Tequila. They even enclosed recipes. The drive home had me excited. That evening proved sensational.
We all need to cool off during this scorcher of a summer, and tequila is the solution. If the hot Mexican sun has been slain by tequila, the hot Long Island sun should be no sweat. Estate-bottled Partida Tequila can be enjoyed neat—its subtle pepper and agave flavors are beautifully smooth. As a mixer, the tequila truly shines, perfectly accenting the sweet and sour notes of a margarita. Made world famous from behind the bar at Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant in San Francisco, the signature Pardita Margarita will dazzle.
Partida Margarita with 100% Organic Agave Nectar
1 1/2 oz. Partida Blanco Tequila
1 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
3/4 oz. agave nectar
3/4 oz. water
Shake all ingredients with ice in a shaker. Strain over fresh ice into a margarita glass or old-fashioned glass.
Taste for balance.
Broken Shed Vodka is a blockbuster. Produced exclusively in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, Broken Shed is a quality vodka with an extremely clean, frosty and mighty feeling. Its burly attitude might come from its whey spirit, but more likely this is just the way of the Kiwi. Actually started in an old shed at the banks of New Zealand’s Lake Wanaka, Broken Shed is an award-winner and crowd-pleaser world round. I prefer my vodka neat, but for all you lightweights out there, try the Broken Berry, a summer special.
Broken Shed Vodka, soda water, berries.
(Portions: 1 part Broken Shed, 1 part soda water, two bar spoons of berries)
Pour over ice and garnish with mint and limes.
If you’re the type who suffers from late-night freezing air conditioning, here’s a drink to warm you up.
2 oz. Partida Anejo Tequila
6 oz. Hot Spiced Apple Cider
In a small, warm wine glass add Tequila and hot apple cider.
Float heavy cream.
Garnish: Grate fresh nutmeg over cream.