"Ode To Joy" Infused Tequila Cocktail

Jan 26, 2012 3:01 pm

A guacamole-inspired cocktail, featuring avocado

The "Ode to Joy" cocktail came about as a slightly tongue-in-cheek affair. When Mr. Rain's Fun House opened, four years after the previous Latin-inspired restaurant had closed in our space, we still had a string of guests asking about their tableside guacamole. I would explain to our guests that the item was not available nor consistent with our menu. However, I would assure them that we carry fresh avocados, and that I could offer them something perhaps as memorable.

The cocktail calls for poblano-infused tequila blanco — we use Oro Azul. To give the cocktail more complexity (and give the guacamole brethren their fix), we rim the glass with a flambé of cumin, paprika and sea salt.

ode to joy cocktail
Photo: Mr. Rain's Fun House
The avocado and cumin in this tequila cocktail almost replaces your need for guacamole. Almost.
Servings: 1 cocktail


1 1/2 ounces poblano-infused tequila blanco
1/2 ounce Cointreau
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1/4 ounce agave syrup
2 slices ripe avocado
To garnish
1 teaspoon Absinthe
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon paprika
  1. Muddle avocado in the bottom of a shaker. Combine all ingredients into the shaker with ice, excluding the garnishes. 
  2. Begin flambé garnish: combine cumin, salt, and paprika into a dish. Add absinthe and ignite all the ingredients. "Cook" until absinthe has been dissolved and ingredients are dry. Rim the coupe glass with flambé garnish.
  3. Shake ingredients and strain into the coupe glass.
Level of Difficulty: 
Prep Time: 
10 minutes
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