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Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with Añejo Tequileria

Friday, May 4, 2012 at 12:05 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila…more! How about 50+ of the best tequilas that Mexico has to offer? Recently opened Añejo Tequileria y Restaurante boasts one of the most extensive selections of tequilas, mezcals and sotols this side of the border—and serves them by the ounce, by flight or in a carafe. Add to that a menu of flavorful small plates from chef-partner Angelo Sosa and you’ve got yourself a fiesta.


Since opening in late January, the lively Hell’s Kitchen haunt has already received numerous accolades for its advanced beverage program, expertly crafted cocktails (recently rated #1 margarita in NYC), and Sosa’s series of intensely tasty tacos, tamales, dumplings, ceviches, guacs and more. So what better place to seek out some delicious Cinco de Mayo inspiration!?

Añejo’s Beverage Director and resident drink slinger, Joshua Wortman, shares a couple of the restaurant’s classic tequila-based recipes to help get your Cinco celebration started early. And to complement these festive libations (and soak up a bit of the agave-based spirit), try dipping a few warm tortillas into chef Angelo’s fresh and creamy red snapper ceviche. Check out the mouthwatering recipes below. Salud!

 

Mexican Firing Squad
Recipe from Joshua Wortman

  • 2 ounces 901 Silver Tequila
  • 1 ounce homemade grenadine*
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 2 dashes Bittermens Xocolatl Mole Bitters
  • Shake vigorously. Strain into a chile-salt** rimmed rocks glass over fresh ice. Add lime wheel to garnish.

    *bring pomegranate juice to a boil. Add an equal amount of sugar. Simmer for 10 minutes. Cool.
    **mix your favorite blend of ground chiles (Josh uses chipotle, guajillo, arbol) with kosher salt.

     
    Tequila Julep 
    Recipe from Joshua Wortman

  • 2 ounces Milagro Anejo
  • 1/2 ounce agave nectar
  • Fresh mint
  • Peychauds Bitters
  • Muddle mint and agave in a julep cup or collins glass. Add crushed ice, then half of the tequila. Stir until glass frosts. Add more ice and the rest of the tequila. Garnish with mint sprig and three dashes of Peychauds Bitters.

     
    Red Snapper Ceviche
    Recipe from Angelo Sosa

  • 1/2 pound red snapper, medium dice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons jalapeño, small dice
  • 2 tablespoons tomatillo, small dice
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, small dice
  • 2 tablespoons avocado, medium dice
  • 1/2 tablespoon pumpkin seed, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoons yuzu juice
  • Combine all ingredients together and mix well, until ceviche has a creamy texture. Serve in chilled bowls with warm tortillas.

     
    Thanks again to Joshua and Angelo for sharing the love and happy Cinco de Mayo everyone!
     
    Añejo Tequileria y Restaurante, 668 10th Avenue at 47th Street, 212.920.4770

    Images courtesy of Añejo Tequileria y Restaurant

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    Bobby Flay’s The Art of the Taco | NYCWFF 2011

    Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 04:10 PM - Posted by Megan - (1) comment

    “Tacos, Yo!” exclaimed host Bobby Flay as he manned the mic at his Saturday night soiree, Patron Tequila’s The Art of the Taco. Presented by Creekstone Farms, the event featured nearly 30 of the country’s hottest chefs who put their own unique spin on the South of the Border staple—with styles ranging from traditional, Mexican-inspired to elevated with French flair.

    1. Gotham Bar and Grill\'s veggie version with wild mushroom, white truffle & queso fresco
    2. The evening\'s host, chef Bobby Flay, spices up the taco throwdown. \"Tacos, Yo!\"
    3. Guests packed into 82 Mercer to sip tequila and crunch on the best tacos around
    4. Pampano Taqueria\'s charred tuna wonton taco with mango salsa & guacamole
    5. Buddakan topped a moo shu pancake with savory Peking duck glazed in chili hoisin
    6. Chefs Alex Guarnaschelli, Aaron Sanchez and Geoffrey Zakarian were all smiles
    7. Laurent Tourondel brought the heat with his green chili braised pork shoulder taco
    8. Michael Psilakis dished out his Cretan spiced lamb
    9. Slow-roasted pork shoulder with salsa roja from La Esquina\'s Akhtar Nawab
    10. Chilaquiles with Mexican chocolate chili sauce drizzle over organic vanilla ice cream

    This time at 82 MercerPatron and Corona flowed as taco-lovers bounced from station to station sampling tortillas stuffed with creative combos of steak, lamb, shrimp, tuna, beef tongue, duck, pastrami, lobster, bone marrow, oysters and foie gras.

    Tender braised pork carnitas from Mercadito, a Cretan spiced lamb pocket from Kefi’s Michael Psilakis, and Scarpetta chef Scott Conant’s spice crusted lamb neck tacos all made me swoon, while versions with oysters from Riverpark and foie gras from Recette palatably expanded my taco horizons.

    Dozens of celebrated chefs and TV personalities (including Aaron Sanchez, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Forgione, Claire Robinson, Marcela Valladolid, Debi Mazar, Jeff Mauro, Sunny Anderson and Geoffrey Zakarian) were seen doling out their taco creations, mingling with the crowd and even belting out Bon Jovi. Awesome.

    After taking in tons of savory tacos, sweet relief was welcomed by ice cream chilaquiles drizzled with Mexican chocolate chili sauce and Gramercy Tavern’s salted chocolate hazelnut tacos. And after many of Bobby’s margaritas were had by all (hello, Sunday hangover!), the event turned into a late night dance party and guests and chefs alike let loose and had a grand ol’ time.

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