“You ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight?” No? Yeah, me either. I prefer to sin indirectly through the consumption of spirituous liquors, sometimes in excess. Speaking of drinking, here’s another cocktail from Cosmo’s Official Cocktail Book, Dancing with the Devil. This drink sounds promising right from the start. Tequila, Chambord, ginger beer? Yes, please, how about nine.
Dancing with the Devil (Cosmo's Official Cocktail Book)
1 1/2 oz Tequila 1/2 oz Chambord 1/2 oz Lime Juice Ginger Beer
1) Combine tequila, Chambord and lime juice in a glass with ice 2) Top with ginger beer 3) Garnish with crystallized ginger or a lime wedge
Despite the early outlook this wasn’t my favorite cocktail of the ones we sampled from Cosmo’s book. The flavors were a touch combative and interestingly the color of the cocktail in the book (orange) is not at all the same as the cocktail we ended up with. Minor slights aside, I think this drink has promise. Given the right tequila (I’m thinking a blanco with some spice) and the right ratios (go light on the ginger beer, maybe 2 oz max) this could be a real winner. Basically what you’re looking at is a twist on a Margarita with some ginger beer. Finally, while you’re at it, bump up the lime juice a bit too (say, 3/4 oz). Unless, of course, you make homemade ginger beer with a nice hit of sourness.
If you have the time and inclination to mix up a few of these and find the right recipe, I’d love to know. For me? The devil, or rather, the cocktail shaker awaits.