Cocktail & Other Recipes Cocktail Type Shots & Shooters

Verdita

Verdita
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16 on Center

"A shot/chaser combo is a great way to add some fun and levity to a beverage menu and, if priced correctly, it can become a staple add-on order,” says Mark Phelan, the beverage director at 16 on Center in Chicago. 

One of Phelan’s favorite chasers is a bright, slightly spicy Verdita—sort of a green Sangrita, if you will, made with pineapple juice, jalapeño, cilantro, mint, and a hint of lime juice—as an option for washing down tequila. “It brings out all the wonderful fruity, green notes in the tequila with a lingering heat that begs for another sip," he says.

Ingredients

  • 33 ounces pineapple juice 
  • 1 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 handful mint leaves
  • 2 handfuls cilantro bunches
  • 1 jalapeño, partially deseeded and chopped

Steps

Yields about 1 liter.

  1. Add all ingredients into a blender and blend for one minute.

  2. Strain using metal strainer, stirring and pressing gently. Discard solids.

  3. Transfer to a sealable container. Will keep, bottled and refrigerated, for up to one week.