I'm in awe of September already. It arrived in warp speed and our blooming apple tree in the backyard has me anxiously awaiting fall's arrival. But before we say goodbye to summer, I had to share my all time favorite cocktail that I mixed up this season. Let me introduce you to the Pepino. I mixed this up a few weeks ago during dinner with friends and it did not disappoint. You know the cocktails are good when the men ditch their bourbon to partake! It's no wonder this hot celebrity dubbed the Pepino one of his favorite drinks too. Think of this tequila mixer as the sophisticated cousin of the margarita. It's effortlessly cool, uber chic and a nod to the lingering summer garden. Cin cin y'all!
***** THE PEPINO *****
// INGREDIENTS //
1.5 silver tequila
1/2 oz. orange flavor liquor
1/4 inch cucumber peeled, seeded and diced
1/4 oz. agave nectar
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. pineapple juice
3 basil leaves
// INSTRUCTIONS //
1. In the bottom of a glass, muddle cucumber.
2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine tequila, orange liquor, agave nectar, lime juice, pineapple juice and basil leaves. Stir gently.
3. Top muddled cucumbers with ice and strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into the glass.
Sip and enjoy!