Isaac Ramon of Minneapolis' Spoon and Stable (a Spirited Award Finalist for Best Restaurant Bar) has long had a fascination with tequila. It began with his own Mexican ancestry, and that passion grew with a recent visit to Patrón Hacienda this past June. “Tequila has always fascinated me — the traditions, the history, the family-oriented culture. I connect with all of that," Ramon says. He spent four days tasting, visiting the agave fields, touring the distillery, and talking with Patrón’s master distiller, Francisco Alcaraz.
“The trip was one of the more meaningful experiences I've ever had. Witnessing the tahona process (the ancient technique of slowly crushing agave with a rolling two-ton volcanic stone) was nothing short of inspiring,” Ramon recalls. “We rarely get to see firsthand what goes into the making of tequila and the people that make it happen.”
“This recipe showcases the rich, honey, citrus elements combined with the oak and clove notes of Patrón Extra Añejo. I was hesitant to make a cocktail with this product as I would sip this as is any day. But I’ve created a recipe which I believe keeps the character and integrity of the spirit intact.”
The Jalisco Highball
- 1.5 oz Patrón Extra Añejo
- 0.5 oz Lustau Amontillado Sherry
- 0.25 oz honey syrup
- 0.25 oz fresh lemon
- Dash of orange bitters
- Dash of allspice dram
- Pinch of salt
Directions: Build in ice-filled collins glass. Top with soda and stir. Garnish with dried orange slices.