It's Twangfest time in St. Louis y'all. This is our very own Americana music festival, stretching over four days and multiple venues. MD and I celebrated seeing The Gourds again with a Longhorn Iced Tea cocktail. I will leave the challenge of describing their music to more experienced music geeks, but I think of them as playing the world's happiest music. (Not a syrupy kind of happy. More like a sitting on the porch on a sunny day kind of happy.)
We had a blast at their show Thursday night. I do have a request for any Gourds fans who might come this way. Please leave the band alone about playing "Gin and Juice". I love their cover of Snoop Dogg's song as much as the next person, but no one wants to hear you yell at them after every single song that you want them to play Gin and Juice. Let the men put on their awesome show, and if you don't hear Gin and Juice, put it on repeat on your car stereo on the drive home.
Okay, now that I have that out of my system, let's talk about this cocktail! Austin is one of our favorite cities so I like to check out Austin 360 for recipes and other Austin-related info. The original recipe for the cocktail can be found here, and my changes are noted below. This is an easy drinking cocktail, but note that there's enough alcohol in there to count as a "double". The drink has a tangy citrus flavor, not to mention that it's a great way to clean out those bottles of alcohol in your bar that have just a smidge left in them. Give it a try and maybe we'll see you tonight for Ha Ha Tonka at Off Broadway.
Longhorn Iced Tea
3/4 ounce tequila
3/4 ounce light rum
3/4 ounce Citron vodka
3/4 ounce triple sec
2 ounces orange juice
juice from 1 lime
1/2 ounce agave nectar combined with 1/2 ounce cold water
1 1/2 teaspoons grenadine
Stir tequila through triple sec in a cocktail shaker or glass. Add juices and agave nectar/water mix and stir. Pour over ice and top with grenadine. Garnish with a lime slice.