Cocktail of the Week: El Secreto

Cocktail of the Week: El Secreto

by Stephanie Nolasco
02.24.2010

Everyone loves some good, juicy gossip, so on this Wednesday; we’re sharing one of favorites from the bar. El Secreto may look like your typical light, fruity cocktail, but it includes absinthe, an emerald green liquor that’s worshipped by artists and writers, all thanks to its hallucinogenic properties. It was deemed so dangerous to drink that the U.S. Department of Agriculture banned absinthe in America in 1912 and didn’t become legal to sip until 2007. What about the tart jade berry known as the kiwifruit or simply “kiwi” that’s featured in El Secreto? They’ve been savored by the Chinese for centuries for being a reported aphrodisiac. Today, kiwis are found in numerous Latin dishes, such as salsa and paella, making it the perfect excuse to have a romantic dinner for two anytime of the year. In addition, while some may not desire a vegetable in their cocktails, cucumbers actually tame strong flavors, providing a more enjoyable experience whether alone or with a guest. Want to feel absinthe minded or you just want to get it on? Try this frothy, luscious drink and see what happens after you gulp down a glass or town. You just might end up revealing something special tonight.

El Secreto Recipe

Ingredients
1.5 oz. Absinthe (We used Lucid)
.5 oz. Simple syrup
Club soda
Cucumber wheels
1 Kiwi
1 Cucumber

Preparation
Muddle two cucumber wheels and two peeled kiwi wheels with the simple syrup in a double rocks glass. Garnish with an unpeeled kiwi wheel on rim of the glass.

 

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