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It's Always Fort Worth ItPineapple, Apple, Mint, Mojito. Now try saying that five times fast. My baseball team is flying into Forth Worth, Texas today to settle down in Arlington and  get ready for opening day. Setteling down also means getting ready for the Texas heat that is to come. I came up with a simple cocktail that they could make for themselves it is light and refreshing. Since one of my favorite players is from Venezuela, I used a Venezuelan rum. Pampero rum is rich in cinnamon, pepper, coconut, and vanilla spice notes. I paired it with crisp tart apples, sweet pineapple and fresh mint. Flying into Fort Worth to see my team play with a pineapple, apple, mint mojito in hand is always worth it.

  • 1.5 oz Pampero Blanco Rum
  • 1 oz Clear Creek Apple Brandy
  • .5 oz fresh lime juice
  • .75 oz pineapple syrup
  • 12 mint leaves
  • Club Soda

Lightly muddle mint leaves in the bottom of a shaker. Add all of other ingredients and fill with ice. Shake well. Pour into a chilled collins glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with a lime wedge, mint and pineapple.

Pineapple Syrup

Cut pineapple in half and remove the rind. Cut pineapple into one inch pieces.  Add pineapple and one very hot cup of water into a blender and blend until it’s as smooth. Fine strain pineapple juice into a small saucepan. Add one half cup of clover honey. Let simmer just until syrup thickens enough to cover the back of a spoon. Let cool. Place in an airtight continer.

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Corallo

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A Corallo begins with Fortaleza Reposado and it’s natural slight toasted oak tasting notes, paired with hickory smoked pecan honey. The tequila is then layered with sharp, tart, apples in Calvados with a hint of orange spice using beneditine and bitters.

  • 1.5 oz Fortaleza Reposado
  • 1 oz Clear Creek Apple Brandy
  • .5 oz Benedictine
  • Dash Regan’s orange bitters
  • .5 oz Hickory Smoked Pecan Honey

Muddle hickory smoked pecan honey with Fortaleza Reposado tequila in a shaker. Add Clear Creek Apple brandy, Benedictine and orange bitters. Add ice, shake, fine strain and pour into a chilled martini glass.Garnish with an orange peel.