Upon her return from her native Bolivia, my
minion friend and co-worker Ana presented me with a bottle of the “national liquor” of her homeland: singani.
Singani is technically a brandy – distilled from grapes, not grain, though it is not aged in oak barrels, so it is clear rather than colored. I tasted the singani straight – and I think its flavor profile is closer to a blanco tequila than a brandy. It’s not the same – it’s a more herbal and a little cleaner than most blancos that I’ve had – but that’s what it reminded me of.
So, I looked online and couldn’t really find many cocktails that used it – other than a pisco sour-like one, but that uses an egg white. Ick.
It’ll be no surprise to those that read the cocktail posts here that I like the Sidecar and its ilk. So, I decided to create a Sidecar like drink using singani. I named it after her hometown.
The Cochabamba Taxi
- 2 oz Casa Real Singani
- 1 oz Citronage (or cointreau)
- 1 oz orange juice
- 1/2 oz lemon juice
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
Combine all ingredients with ice in shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass.
I’m not sure if you’ll be able to find singani in your local liquor store, so you may have to stop in if you want one. :)