For freelance bartender Julie Gonzalez, the buzz of cicadas in the trees surrounding her home near Toronto’s High Park signals more than autumn’s approach. It also means she’ll soon be mixing up more than a few tequila Old Fashioneds.
“The Old Fashioned is such a classic fall cocktail, and because I’m half Mexican I often use tequila in them,” she explains, adding that Maestro Dobel Añejo is her go-to bottle.
Gonzalez’s Maestro Dobel Old Fashioned certainly looks and tastes the part, what with its rich brown hue and vanilla-nut flavours enhanced by aging in roasted oak barrels. “There are a lot of Old Fashioned purists out there, but it doesn’t take long to win them over,” she says.
Across Canada, bartenders are turning to Mexico’s national liquor as an autumn staple. Calgary’s Makina Labreque, for example, became a “Patrón Perfectionist” with her elegant evergreen-scented “Cyanocitta,” while the “Port Guava” is part of a new “Taste of Mexico” cocktail menu at the Four Seasons Resort Whistler’s Braidwood Tavern.
For home mixologists wanting to get in on this tasty trend, here are the recipes for these and other autumnal tequila cocktails.