I was practicing my chops last night in preparation for next week's Olmeca Altos "limeless" tequila dinner. After testing out a number of martini-like cocktails, I found I really liked the Hernandez -- taken from the OA website -- which uses:
2 oz. Olmeca Altos blanco
0.5 oz of sweet vermouth
0.2 oz of maraschino liqueur
2 dashes orange bitters
1 dash Angostura
The influence of the sweeteners are very mild and the bitters accent the spiciness already embedded in the tequila itself. It really drinks like a subtle, yet elegant tequila martini because, ultimately, that's the dominant flavor you're tasting. For those coming to our big party next Tuesday night at El Sinaloense, you'll be getting one of these the minute you walk into the place. I'll be behind the bar mixing away while you get settled into your seat.
We still have a few seats left if you want to join us, although I'm fine with our numbers right now considered I'm already on the hook for thirty Hernandez cocktails!