Agave nectar has a wonderful flavor and can be used in cocktails and drinks that call for simple syrup (blend of sugar and water). It is said to be 1 1/2 times sweeter than sugar and it can be used in almost any cocktail that calls for simple syrup. The recipe needs to be adapted to make up for that additional sweetness. It is usually best to cut the amount of syrup by 1/2 to 1/4 of that suggested when using agave nectar.
There are many varieties of oranges but the juiciest are Valencia with their thin skin and very few seeds. Navel oranges are recognized by the tell-tale ‘second’ fruit on the base, which look just like a navel. These are winter citrus and are considered one of the best tasting. Fresh is best with oranges so use within 30 minutes of squeezing to get the very best flavor.
Lime juice is best aged for several hours before using, and grapefruit can be aged for 1 to 3 days and still be at its best.
2oz fresh squeezed lime juice
2oz good quality tequila
1oz agave syrup or triple sec
Shake over ice or blend with ice cubes for a delicious frozen treat. Dampen the glass rim with a lime wedge and dip in a blend of salt, sugar and a pinch of chili powder (optional).
For a lighter version, add 2oz of soda water.
sprigs of fresh mint
1oz of fresh squeezed lime juice
2oz good quality white rum
½oz agave syrup
2oz club soda
In a shaker lightly muddle 8 mint leaves with agave syrup, add lime juice and rum, fill with ice and shake well. Pour into a highball glass and top with club soda and garnish with a sprig of mint.
1oz fresh lemon juice
2oz fresh orange juice
½oz agave syrup
3oz soda water or ginger ale
Garnish with strawberries or mint.
2oz fresh squeezed orange juice
orange zest or sprig of mint or sprig of fresh thyme