Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Margaritas with Carlos Santana

Ally Widlak, a mixologist from from Tahona (a local Boulder restaurant) recently competed in a national cocktail contest – the “Noble Places” Specialty Cocktail Competition. That's a mouthful, eh?

It was hosted by Casa Noble (a boutique tequila distillery) at the House of Blues in Las Vegas.

MMmmmm ... tequila ... 

Cocktails from 10 mixologists were judged by a panel including musician Carlos Santana (part owner of Casa Noble), Casa Noble CEO Jose “Pepe” Hermosillo, and House of Blues Las Vegas GM Andrew Economon. Prizes included a guitar signed by Carlos Santana.

I didn't know Carlos Santana owned part of a distillery, but that's pretty cool... “It is an honor to be around people with a passion for exploration, flavor, and good taste,” Santana said. “I look for people and things that complement any environment and create a synthesis that changes your molecular structure.”

Well, okay, then.

The mixologists were required to create recipes with no more than five ingredients, including a Casa Noble Anejo, Crystal, or Reposado tequila. The two drinks rated highest became official Casa Noble cocktails, and were renamed the “Supernatural Margarita” after Santana’s top-selling album, Supernatural, and “El Beso Margarita.”

Since Ally's a local gal, I was offered her recipe to publish, along with a few others. Sure, why not. It's just like a guest recipe post except more ... drink-like.

Old Gold
By Ally Widlak, from Tahona in Boulder

1 1/2 oz Casa Noble Reposado
3/4 oz Canton Ginger Liqueur
1 to 1 1/2 oz Fresh Organic Orange juice
pinch of Organic Cardamom spice
Organic Turbinado Sugar for the rim

All shaken over ice and served straight up in a Martini glass with an orange peel twist.

But wait! There's more!

Unfortunately, the local gal didn't win (awwww... bummer) but I do have the two winning cocktail recipes for you as well.

Mix 'em up, and see what you think!

“Welcome to Casa” 
Carlos Santana and J.R. Starkus. © Erik Kabik/
(Now called Supernatural Margarita)
By J.R. Staruks from RM Seafood in Las Vegas

1 1/2 oz Casa Noble Reposado
3/4 oz lime juice
1 oz Monin Spicy Mango Syrup
2 dashes of Grapefruit Bitters
4-6 basil Leaves

Shaken in a shaker tin, double strained, placed in a rocks glass, and topped with a basil leaf

“EL Vato” 
(Now called EL BESO)
By Dimitri Sequeira from El Vato’s in Miami

2 oz. Casa Noble Crystal
1/2 oz Liquor 43
1 oz lime juice
3/4 oz Agave Nectar
1/4 oz cut orange (squeeze and drop)
8 oz ice

Shake well. Serve in 12 oz Pilsner glass.

For some reason I feel like dragging out one of my old Santana albums now.