My thoughts behind coming up with an old fashioned-style drink were that I wanted to create something that really showcases and appreciates the ability of Patrón Añejo Tequila to stand alone.
In most of the popular tequila drinks out there, tequila is at best the base component of a drink, often concealed with more dominant flavours. That’s why I set out to find flavours that would complement Patrón Añejo Tequila, without overshadowing its inherent notes.
My starting point was one of my first encounters with tequila, back in Austria when I was 18 and we’d drink tequila shots with cinnamon and orange slices. Of course, we are talking about a very different kind of tequila here, but cinnamon, orange, and tequila was always a combination that for me just worked.
From there, to balance the sweetness of the cinnamon, I decided to add star anise, which has subtle liquorice and almost bitter notes. The next ingredient I added was vanilla, which is meant to complement the slight vanilla notes already present in Patrón Añejo Tequila.
Agave syrup was the sweetener of choice, coming from the same plant as the tequila itself, and by combining all these elements into one simple-to-use spiced syrup, it makes the drink easy to replicate.
Finishing it all off with orange bitters for those citrus and bitter elements, and fresh fig and pear for some fruity notes, you got yourself… A Perfect Pearing.
Patrón Añejo Tequila (60ml)
Agave syrup (15ml)
Cinnamon (2 tsp/200ml syrup)
Vanilla pod (1/200ml syrup)
Star anise (5 pieces/200ml syrup)
Orange bitters (3 dashes)
Fresh fig (1, quartered)
Pear (1/4) for garnish
Start by making the spice-infused agave syrup. Measure 200 ml agave syrup, transfer to a plastic bag and add 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1 vanilla pod and 5 crushed pieces of star anise. Seal the bag and let it sit in a hot water bath (at around 60 degrees) for 30 minutes. Then, strain the syrup through a coffee filter and keep in a sealable container or bottle until use.
Add 60ml (2oz) of Patrón Añejo Tequila, 15ml (1/2oz) of your spice-infused agave syrup, 3 dashes orange bitters, and a small fresh fig, cut into quarters, to a mixing glass. Add ice and stir down for about 20 seconds, or until chilled. Strain into a chilled rocks glass, serve with one large ice cube and garnish with a pear slice fan.