This past weekend was pretty decent weather-wise. I wouldn't say it was warm exactly, but it wasn't cold, there weren't piles of snow on the ground and a fair amount of sunlight managed to break through the clouds. Feeling keen to take what we could get and call it spring, we made a fire in the backyard and had a champagne drink or two. One of them was a tequila and grapefruit concoction which assumed the unlikely moniker of Dr. Soanso. I had been working on some happy hour drinks for work over the last few days and had Dr. Funk on the brain lately (a Dr. worth knowing on warmer days) and once this drink took shape, it seemed to go over alright and I just started calling it Dr. So and so. "What's this?" "Medicine. From Dr. So and So." Lack of sun and fresh air will do that I suppose.
In the process of mixing this thing up I was reminded of another drink, the Windfall, from a year or so ago when I was at Blue Spoon. The Windfall looks quite similar as it shares tequila, mezcal, grapefruit and cinnamon agave syrup. However, the Windfall is much more direct. Ingredients like grapefruit juice, cinnamon agave syrup and curacao are present but just as accents measuring only a teaspoon or so. The cinnamon syrup and grapefruit play a more prominent role in the Soanso but they're stretched out by the sparkling wine which adds it's own flavor and festive nature.
Dr. Soanso leads with the grapes and grapefruit. Soft hints of cinnamon and agave follow and linger into the finish. They tie in well to the tequila/mezcal combination which offers a rich, slightly smoky background. The overall effect is refreshing and pleasantly complex. Not too light, not too heavy.
The Windfall calls to mind drinks in the Old Fashioned vein. Unapologetically spirited. The slight squeeze of grapefruit lightens things a touch while the cinnamon agave rounds things out and contributes background notes of cinnamon spice. Curacao continues to soften but only slightly. It also adds a little bit of orange flavor. I made slight adjustments to the original specs for this one since we did not have access to Pierre Ferrand back then.
Both of these are rich with flavor. The Dr. seems the more festive and sunlit of the two (with clouds on the horizon) while the Windfall wants to be lingered over, contemplating what, if any, fortune the day offered - a gentle nod if present, an accepting shrug if not. Either way, comfort comes on ice.
1 oz Blanco Tequila
1 oz Mezcal
3/4 oz Grapefruit Juice
3/4 oz Cinnamon Agave Syrup*
Garnish - Grapefruit Twist
Shake first four, strain into highball glass, add ice, sparkling wine, and garnish
2 1/2 oz Reposado Tequila
1/4 oz Cinnamon Agave Syrup*
1 tsp - Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
1 barspoon Grapefruit Juice
Float - 1/2 oz Mezcal
Garnish - Grapefruit Wheel
Build over ice.
*Cinnamon Agave Syrup - 1 cup water + 2 cinnamon sticks. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low for 10 minutes. Let cool. Strain. Measure and add equal amount of agave nectar, stirring to dissolve.