Tequila Tasting & Drink Release Party

Wednesday, May 23rd from 6pm to 8pm


Maestro Dobel Tequila Tasting & Crystal Clear Old Fashioned Release Party

Wednesday, May 23, 2018  |  6 to 8pm

Join us for a tequila tasting by Maestro Dobel,

Featuring the Crystal Clear Old Fashioned (made with tequila) ~

A concoction by our very own in-house cocktail creator, Scott Healy.

The Making of A Crystal Clear Old Fashioned

  • 2.5oz Dobel Diamante tequila
  • .5oz distilled/clarified simple syrup
  • 3 dash Angostura Orange bitters
  1. Combined all ingredients into a mixing glass and stir/chill
  2. Strain into an old fashioned glass over a BFC (Big F-ing Cube)
  3. Garnish with an orange zest/twist
  4. Marvel at the clarity of possibly the first crystal clear tequila old fashioned

Scotty – how’d you make that clear simple syrup?

The syrup story…


I love making tequila old fashioned’s. So much so that I created a specific simple syrup to use just in that cocktail.  I infuse water with cinnamon, allspice, and clove, then add turbinado sugar to make a rich, complex syrup.  I feel the spices mingle well with the vanilla, caramel, and oak flavors of a good reposado or añejo tequila.


One day I was playing around the Dobel line up (we carry the full line) and started wondering how an old fashioned might taste with the Diamante.  The problem, obviously, is that the syrups and bitters I typically use all have deep/dark colors to them.  I would have hated to cloud/color that beautifully crystal clear tequila.  Then the wheels started turning….could I create a syrup with all the flavors I was used to using, but without any of the color?


It then became a personal challenge – find a clear bitters to use and create an infused syrup without any color.  After a little bit of trial and error (and some mad MacGyver skills), I created a mini still of sorts.  My process still starts the same as when I make my original syrup.  I put my spices in a pot on the stove, add water and simmer them to infuse the flavor into the water.  Then comes science. I take the infused water, boil it in a sealed pot that has a hole at the top (with a tube attached).  The tube connects to a copper coil that is submerged in a bucket of cold water.  The steam that comes out of the top of the pot is turned back into a liquid in the copper coil and comes out the other end as a clear, infused liquid.


I then take the clear, infused liquid and put it back on the stove top, heat it up and add essence of orange and sugar to create a clear 1.75 to 1 ratio rich simple syrup…Easy!!


The results are stunning…a perfectly clear tequila old fashioned with a ton of unexpected flavors and nuances.


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