Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Squid Mixes: Tiburon
I got my recipe for a Tiburon from The One-Bottle Cocktail by Maggie Hoffman. She credits T. Cole Newton of Twelve Mile Limit in New Orleans. The drink combines tequila, lime juice, honey syrup and a dash of Tobasco with a salted rim and a lime garnish. I skipped the salt - not a fan. Tiburón is the Spanish word for shark.
The concept of The One-Bottle Cocktail is wonderful: combine a single, staple spirit with ingredients easily found at the grocery store. This contrasts with the purist mentality of Robert Simonson's 3-Ingredient Cocktails: spirit, bitters and sweetener. But while the two writers spar during the imagined dinner party in my brain, I hope my own craft shall benefit.
As with Simonson, I enjoy Hoffman's approach to flavor, though hers is certainly more adventurous. The Tobasco is the intriguing choice in the Tiburon. It's a common bar ingredient, of course, as it's essential in a Bloody Mary, though unexpected in a Margarita-like concoction. She's clear on the limits: no more than a dash or it gets vinegary. The result is "pretty exciting" in my wife's words.