Pineapples in the winter! Aren’t they a heavenly sight?! Despite the less than frigid temps in New York this holiday season, it’s still fun to bring a little tropical flair to the proceedings this time of year. And because pineapples have long been known as a welcoming symbol and a sign of wealth and luck, I thought it would be perfect to incorporate this into our New Year’s Eve cocktail!
I’ve been a big fan of Tres Agaves Tequila ever since I had the chance to taste it and really learn about its production and speak with the passionate Founder & President of Tres Agaves, Barry Augus last July at Tales of the Cocktail. They have created quality tequilas that are designed to be in cocktails.
Tres Agaves Tequila is only about 5 years old but is produced at one of the last family-owned distilleries in Jalisco, Mexico, which began production in 1900. The agave forward Añejo is aged in American Oak Bourbon barrels for 18 months which produces a rich, smooth tequila with a black peppery punch. Since pineapple juice can be an overwhelming flavor, this cocktail needs a heavier añejo tequila like this one. It also needs to stand up to the fantastic, new Cynar 70. The heavily-anticipated Cynar 70-proof is now available everywhere, thankfully, because I can’t get enough of it! Already a fan of the original Cynar, one of my favorites in the Italian bitter amaro category, this new bottling is more than twice the original formula’s ABV and makes for an incredible cocktail ingredient. It is earthy and spicy and subtly sweet with hints of chocolate. And is really wonderful as the only sweet element in this cocktail.
And Champagne! We are celebrating the New Year after all. We can’t forget the champers! Don’t go insane buying the most expensive bottle out there but spring for a little quality bubbly for this. Moët & Chandon tastes like what you think Champagne should taste like – extremely effervescent, dry and toasty with hints of stone fruit and honey. In other words, happiness in a glass. It’s also such a lovely, festive bottle!
So, don your festive apparel, invite over your sparkliest of friends and sip on this bubbly delight! Let’s light up 2016, y’all! Here’s to welcoming the new year surrounded by pineapples and sparklers and glittery pom-poms. (that’s the girliest thing I think I’ve ever written) Happy New Year, foxy friends!
The Piña Sparkler – makes 3-4 cocktails
2 ounces Añejo Tequila (Tres Agave Añejo)
2 ounces unsweetened pineapple juice
1 ounce Cynar 70
1/2 lime juice
Champagne split (1/4 regular sized bottle) (Moët & Chandon)
Add the tequila, Cynar 70 and juices to an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake until chilled. Strain even amounts into coupe glasses and top with Champagne. Pom-pom stirrers and sparklers optional!