(All photos © Genevieve Garruppo/Lonny)Thanks to a laissez faire attitude when it comes to alcoholic beverages, the Lonny office is slowly but surely beginning to resemble Sterling Cooper, the fictional advertising agency Mad Men made famous. Not that I'm complaining. I was thrilled when Lillet stopped by our Union Square digs on National Aperitif Day for pre-dinner drinks. And I was even happier when Milagro Tequila recently visited us for a happy hour tutorial on how to celebrate National Tequila Day, which—wouldn't you know it—is today!
Naturally, we gravitated toward the sophisticated select barrel reserves, not only for their gorgeous handblown bottles—just think of all the stylish bar cart possibilities!—but for their oaky vanilla notes and dry finish. After sipping the different samples neat, Salas fixed us a refreshing Agave Spritzer (see the recipe below). We didn't know about National Tequila Day before, but we'll be marking it on our calendars every July 24th from now until forever. Salud!
-- 2 parts Milagro Silver Tequila
-- 1 part Lillet Rose
-- ¾ part fresh lemon juice
-- ½ part simple syrup
-- 2 watermelon chunks
-- 1 rosemary sprig
In a cocktail shaker, muddle watermelon and rosemary. Add remaining ingredients. Shake and strain over fresh ice. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.