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Cabo Wabo Cocktails

It's a muggy June day here in the DC area...and in a few hours it will officially be happy hour (tick, tock, tick, tock.). Though a regular Margarita would certainly be refreshing (on the rocks with lots of salt and NO pre-made mixes allowed...), something a little more inventive would work just fine, too.

Here are two recipes made with Sammy Hagar's own brand, Cabo Wabo, which use the Reposado style (80 proof, 3-12 months in oak barrels, heavy agave and a touch of citrus). The first combines the great heat and cool of a fresh salsa verde, while the second is a cool twist on the Margarita, with sweet tart Plymouth Sloe Gin.

**A few notes: you can substitute simple syrup for agave nectar, but you will mostly likely find that you'll want to use less. And if Reposado isn't your thing, try it with Blanco or Silver. It'll lighten up the cocktail a bit.

Happy Friday, and an early Happy Father's Day! Enjoy this summer weekend.

AMANTE PICANTE
Courtesy of Francesco Lafranconi, Director of Mixology at SWS of America
1 ½ oz Cabo Wabo Reposado Tequila
3 English cucumber slices, peeled
3 drops Green Tabasco
Fresh cilantro
¾ oz agave nectar
¾ oz fresh lime juice

Muddle cucumber, cilantro, agave nectar, and lime juice in a pint glass. Add ice, tequila, and Tabasco. Shake vigorously and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with either a lime or cucumber wheel.
MAYFLOWER MAGARITA
Courtesy of Arturo Sighinolfi (Southern Wine & Spirits)
1 ½ oz Cabo Wabo Reposado
½ oz Plymouth Sloe Gin
¾ oz agave nectar
¾ oz fresh lime juice

Add tequila, lime juice, agave nectar and ice into a pint glass. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Drizzle in Sloe Gin. Garnish with floating lime wheel.