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Cheongsam Cocktail

Jonathan Calo, Burwell’s When a group of ladies asked for a unique, light cocktail last summer, Burwell’s bartender Jonathan Calo played off an interesting idea. “I’d been wanting to combine tequila and Scotch to make a distinctly sexy drink,” he explains. The Scotch, he says, brings out a nice smoke flavor in the tequila. So he blended that with calamansi and yuzu juices, which provide acid to help balance the cocktail. As for the name? “A cheongsam is a traditional Chinese form-fitting dress,” notes Calo. “Since the fruits originated in Asia, the name brings in fashion and ties it all together.”  
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2 oz. calamansi juice
1 oz. yuzu juice
1/2 oz. vanilla-infused simple syrup
1 1/2 oz. Herradura Silver tequila
1/2 oz. Maccallan 12-year Scotch
Soda water
Sriracha-infused benne wafer for garnish


Pour first five ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake hard for five seconds, strain into a martini glass, and finish with a touch of soda. Garnish with a Sriracha-infused benne wafer.