Mexican Punch

By Sean Kenniff | Megan Swann

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Sean Kenniff
Megan Swann
Deconstructed Mexican Punch:  Tequila, Christmas Mexican Punch Reduction, Amaro, Bitters
Deconstructed Mexican Punch: Tequila, Christmas Mexican Punch Reduction, Amaro, Bitters

In 2014, Raul Ayala started as a barback on the opening team of Dirty Habit. Now as bar manager, Ayala infuses the cocktail menu with drinks that are potent and rooted in personal nostalgia. He often reaches back to childhood memories of growing up in Tanhuato, Michoacán, Mexico, to create his adult drinks. Such is the case with his cocktail “Deconstructed Mexican Punch.” Traditionally a celebratory punch often enjoyed around Christmas, it’s made like a tea with loads of fresh and dried fruits and spices, sometimes nuts, and usually served hot. Ayala likens the flavor profile to “a negroni with tequila.” At Dirty Habit, he makes his own Mexican Punch reduction and adds Maestro Dobel reposado tequila, Amargo Vallet amaro, and Bittercube Corazon bitters, stirring with ice and straining into a glass containing a large rock. Ayala garnishes the complex, festive, and, for him, comforting cocktail with a slice of dried guava or Pink Lady apple.

 
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