Maddie McIntosh with JoJo’s Beloved

Restaurant: Jojo’s beloved
Address: 1197 Peachtree Street NE
Piece: Downtown
Featured mixologist: Maddie McIntosh
Photography: Grapefruit Pictures

1.5 oz Tequila Blanco (Maestro Dobel)
1 oz of Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur or any ginger liqueur
0.75 oz lime
.25 Grenade

Shake, strain on rocks
Garnish with Fresca
Sink 0.50 oz grenadine
Garnish with pomegranate seeds and a slice of lime.

Inspiration: Creating a cocktail intended to be enjoyed in the summer on a golf course means choosing ingredients that will refresh and quench your thirst. I chose tequila as the base alcohol because it is light, peppery and earthy. I wanted to incorporate a Coca-Cola product – Fresca – that I had noticed was popular in my parents’ generation, which helped me create a sense of nostalgia, something we like to invoke at Jojo’s Beloved. A summer spritz became my goal and I knew that a light, slightly sweet botanical liqueur would go perfectly with the other ingredients, so I chose the ginger liqueur. The grenadine gives the spritz a lovely pink color and the pomegranate seeds as a garnish reflect the ingredients used in its construction. Top it all off with a wedge of lime and you have a puckery mouthfeel in this spritz.

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