Sleep It Off: The Siesta Cocktail

A tequila cocktail recipe that’s perfect for late-afternoon laziness (or any time, really)

Great modern craft cocktails often pay tribute to bona fide bar classics. And The Siesta, a perfectly balanced tequila cocktail, is certainly no exception.

The Siesta is based off of the venerable Hemmingway Daiquiri – rum, lime and grapefruit juices, maraschino and simple syrup – and does two substitutions and a minuscule amount of tinkering with proportions.

First, tequila instead of rum as the main spirit. And second, bitter Campari in place of the unmistakably unique sweetness of maraschino. The result is a cocktail with a perfect blend of smoke, bitter, tart and sweet. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Siesta Cocktail Recipe

2 oz. Silver Tequila
.5 oz. Campari
.5 oz. Lime Juice
.5 oz. Grapefruit Juice
.5 oz. Simple Syrup

Combine the tequila, Campari, lime juice, grapefruit juice and simple syrup in a mixing glass. Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.

You can try experimenting with different types of tequila, but I have found that silver tequila works best. I used Maestro Dobel Humito, which gave it a slightly smokier taste.

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Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style

This recipe is by Katie Stipe, via Jim Meehan’s fantastic PDT Cocktail Book; Photography by Rob McIver Photo

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