Todd English's Favorite Cocktail
English shares the recipe for his signature tequila cocktail.
June 25, 2012
Montaigne highball, Baccarat ($110)
You might find him sipping his version of The Rainmaker on the porch of The Summer House on Nantucket or while holding up the bar at the end of a long night at the newly reopened Olives in Charlestown, as tequila is Todd English’s go-to spirit. This signature cocktail is inspired by his new line of infused tequilas, set to release this summer. “I love to make good things happen when I can—make it rain,” English says. “So The Rainmaker is a play on having fun, whether it’s raining money or happiness. In my case, it’s usually both,” he jokes. Using Don Julio Blanco for its light body, citrus notes, and bright (not too aged) finish, English adds peak-season strawberries and fresh jalapeños, or he makes a preserve out of the two. “It’s a nice balance of sweet with a touch of heat to the back of your palate,” he says. He pairs it with a taco, his lobster guacamole, or grilled fish. Arriba!
Todd English’s Rainmaker
1 1 ⁄2 oz. Don Julio Blanco
1 1⁄2 oz. fresh strawberry jalapeño preserves
1⁄2 oz. fresh lime juice
1⁄4 oz. agave nectar In a shaker, combine tequila, lime juice, strawberry jalapeño preserves, and agave; shake hard.
Pour into a highball glass and serve.
Money umbrella optional.
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