Sunday, 9 March 2014

'Bad idea' - the perfect summer cocktail

Summery and refreshing 'Bad Idea' cocktail: tequila, triple sec and beer
Summery and refreshing 'Bad Idea' cocktail: tequila, triple sec and beer...
Summery and refreshing 'Bad Idea' cocktail: tequila, triple sec and beer

I came up with the Bad Idea late last summer after having a particularly terrible, horrible, no goodvery bad day. I have been meaning to blog the recipe for a really long time but since this is unashamedly a summer cocktail I have been holding back... Well no more. The weather in London today has been so gorgeous that the parks are swarming with people in T-shirts literally giddy from the sunshine. My son has proven himself to be British through and through by saying "mummy - this is a really lovely day!'"no less than 6 times.

But a little about the name. When I was first making this, in a bad tempered frenzy, my husband walked in the room and, spotting the tequila bottle, said "this is a really bad idea". The name stuck. But really this cocktail is an absolutely excellent idea unless you have too many of them. I can't claim any responsibility if you do.

This is a very drinkable and refreshing cocktail. You can multiply the quantities to make a pitcher for a party - just don't add the ice until you are ready to serve. I usually put the beer in the freezer beforehand so it gets super cold.

Ingredients
Serves 1
1 large lime, quartered
2-3 tbsp agave syrup
2 tbsp tequila
1 tbsp triple sec
1 bottle really cold Mexican beer (I used Corona) 
2 tbsp granulated sugar + 1 tsp coarse salt
Lime wedges to serve
Cracked ice to serve

Method
  1. Put the salt and sugar in a small plate. Run a lime around the rim of a highball or rocks glass then press in the sugar/salt mixture.
  2. Put the lime and agave syrup in your cocktail shaker and muddle with the end of a clean rolling pin - try to get most of the juice out the lime.
  3. Add the tequila and triple sec and stir well. Strain into your prepared glass.
  4. Add some cracked ice and lime wedges. Pour the beer over the ice and stir very thoroughly before serving.

Summery and refreshing 'Bad Idea' cocktail: tequila, triple sec and beer
Summery and refreshing 'Bad Idea' cocktail: tequila, triple sec and beer

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9 comments:

  1. Oh yes please. I much prefer your name for them to the beer 'garita that I know them by and I have to agree they are super refreshing and very moreish. Your pics make me wish I had one right now.

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  2. I can't say I really like tequila or beer but your Bad Idea doesn't sound bad at all. I think there is a general principle to cocktails in that if you add any sort of fruit juice it will work and if you drink two you won't care if it does or not. ;-)

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  3. Wow - that looks refreshing! Not a bad idea at all!

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  4. This looks so good, I'll have to try making some this summer!
    And aww your son sounds adorable :D

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  5. Wow, What a not so bad idea for a thirst quenching drink.

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  6. Who yes please this looks just up my street x

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  7. Sounds like a very good idea to me

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