Tequila Por Mi Amante

August 19, 2011

Aunt Suzy says . .

During strawberry season, Randy and I were at some friends talking about drinks made with strawberries.  We discussed Homemade Strawberry Soda and Strawberry-Prosecco Muddle which put Randy in mind of this strawberry-infused Tequila, the name of which means Tequila for My Beloved.  After doing some research, it appears a recipe for this was first published in 1939 in The Gentleman’s Companion (which you can purchase leather bound for a mere $499) by Charles H. Baker, and then again in Gourmet magazine in 1940.  Randy recommends drinking this chilled straight-up in a liqueur glass.  In my research, I saw many recommendations for drinking this over ice with lime and club soda.  Using it in a Paloma was also recommended on several sites – this one sounds great to me because it uses grapefruit soda, which I love.  (Addendum:  It IS great!!) In any case, you will need some patience because it takes a few weeks to infuse, but I think well worth the wait.

Ingredients

1 quart sun-ripened strawberries, the more fragrant and juicy the better!

about a pint of 100% agave Tequila, reposado recommended

Method

Wash and hull the strawberries.  Cut them in half and place in a quart jar.  Pour Tequila over the strawberries to fill the jar, then seal tightly with the lid.  Place in the refrigerator for 3-4 weeks.  Drain the Tequila through a fine mesh strainer and put the beautiful pink liquid back in the jar or in a decorative bottle.  Keep in the fridge or freezer.

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