The first time I got drunk I was probably much older than most people are the first time they get drunk.
I was weeks away from my 21st birthday, bartending at a Mexican restaurant. I had just learned how to make a margarita and I wasn't quite confident with it yet, so I was encouraged to take strawfuls of each one before sending them to the tables to make sure they were okay.
WHO KNEW THAT 50 STRAWFULS OF MARGARITA COULD GET A LIGHTWEIGHT DRUNK?
On top of all of that, I had just worked an 8 hour shift at a different job so I showed up to this one with nothing in my stomach ready to rock and roll.
I didn't know what I was happening, all I knew was that there were lots of colorful lights and loud people yelling drink orders at me and waaaaay too much stimulation and it felt like there were rocks in my head and I needed to lay down because everything was spinning.
I spent a half an hour of that shift crouched in the corner behind bar hiding from customers until my darling friend Nicole threw a bowl of rice and beans at me to eat.
Tequila's not my favorite, but strawberries are. This drink is elegant yet approachable, tart yet drinkable, smooth and tangy all at once.
Strawberry Tequila Sour
makes enough for one!
2 oz tequila
1 oz lemon juice
3/4 oz honey
1/2 oz strawberry puree (I strongly encourage making this only at the height of strawberry season- none of that white centered hard berry nonsense or you will be disappointed by the lack of berry burst flavor)
1 egg white
The strawberry puree is mega straightforward- toss some strawberries in a blender, blend until smooth then pass through a fine mesh sieve so you don't have any seeds in your drink.
In a cocktail shaker, combine all of the ingredients! Every single one!
Dry shake mad vigorously until the egg white has frothed a bit and you don't hear the liquid sloshing around anymore- and THEN add the ice and shake again!
Double strain into a pretty glass, top with a few drops of Angostura bitters if you're tryna be fancy.
Call it a signature drink, I don't mind.