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La Flora Vieja

I received a media copy yesterday of a new book by cookbook author Joanne Weir called "Tequila: A Guide to Types, Flights, Cocktails and Bites." Just in time, too, as I have found myself reaching often these days for my Blanco, Reposado and Anejo bottles (and looking forward to Oyamel's tequila and mezcal pairing dinner in a few weeks...)

While perusing through the cocktail section last night, I found a drink that's right up my alley, since I typically love anything with St. Germain and Maraschino liqueur. La Flora Vieja is a concoction by Tommy Schlesinger-Guidelli of Boston's Eastern Standard (I've never been there, but my sister-in-law really digs it.) The drinks sounds romantic, heady and delicate. I wish I would have come across it last week for Valentine's Day... Oh well, I'm going to whip up a few in a little bit. Here is the recipe:

La Flora Vieja
Tommy Schlesinger-Guidelli, Eastern Standard, Boston, MA

1.5. oz. blanco tequila
3/4 oz. Maraschino liqueur (Luxardo)
1/2 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur
1 dash Angostura bitters (I think I'll use orange bitters...)
1 flamed orange peel for garnish

Combine all of the ingredients except the orange peel in a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Stir together until frost forms on the outside of the shaker. Strain into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice and garnish with the flamed orange peel.

Have a great weekend!