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"The Buena Vida is a modern classic, combining the sharp sweetness of blanco tequila with the tropical fruity flavours of pineapple and grapefruit.."

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Buena Vida

The Buena Vida is a modern classic, combining the sharp sweetness of blanco tequila with the tropical fruity flavours of pineapple and grapefruit.

Method

Take your Boston glass or small tin and, using your jigger to measure, add the tequila, pineapple juice, grapefruit juice and syrup to the shaker.

Garnish with a pineapple wedge and mint sprig.

Add 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters, then fill shaker with cubed ice and seal before shaking vigorously for 10-15 seconds or until your tin is very cold.

Fill your rocks glass with fresh cubed ice. Using your Hawthorne strainer, strain your cocktail into the rocks glass

Serve and enjoy!

History

There’s not much of a story surrounding this recent addition to the cocktail canon. The Buena Vida appears in Difford’s Guide where it’s listed as being, “adapted from a drink created in 2011 by Lee Clinton.” Nothing else is said on the mysterious Mr. Clinton, or his clandestine cocktail which may or may not have been called a Buena Vida.

It seems then, that this drink was created by the man himself, Simon Difford, though certainly with at least a little help. The drink most closely resembles a marriage between two well known tequila classics; the Paloma and the Matador, a Paloma being a sort of grapefruit margarita and the matador being it’s pineapple equivalent. The combination of these two fruity concoctions creates a drink that has both the tropical flavour of a tiki cocktail and the sharp tanginess of a tequila drink.

With its sparse and uneventful history, there isn’t much intrigue surrounding the Buena Vida, but its base liquor, tequila, has been the subject of many myths and misconceptions. Tequila has an Appellation of Origin which means it must come from one of a group of specific areas in Mexico for it to be called tequila. This, coupled with the fact that agave plants take at least 12 years to mature, gave rise to the popularity of ‘mixto’ tequilas. By combining their 100% agave tequila with cheaper spirits distilled from sugar or grain, producers were able to sell higher volumes at a cheaper price. When buying tequila always look for a note on the label which says ‘100% blue agave’ or 100% de agave’, if you stick to this rule you’ll always end up with a smooth and authentic tasting tequila.

With its sparse and uneventful history, there isn’t much intrigue surrounding the Buena Vida, but its base liquor, tequila, has been the subject of many myths and misconceptions.

Allergens
No common allergens to be found, although, since every body is different, we advise you check out this recipe's ingredients list just to be sure!
Ingredients

50ml Blanco Tequila

25ml Pink Grapefruit juice

25ml Pineapple Juice

12.5ml Vanilla syrup

2-3 Dashes of Angostura bitters

Pineapple Wedge and Mint Sprig to Garnish

Times:

Prep: 2 Minutes

Make: 30 Seconds

Total: 2 Minutes and 30 Seconds

Calories:

225 Calories

Servings:

Serves 1

Method

Take your Boston glass or small tin and, using your jigger to measure, add the tequila, pineapple juice, grapefruit juice and syrup to the shaker.

Garnish with a pineapple wedge and mint sprig.

Add 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters, then fill shaker with cubed ice and seal before shaking vigorously for 10-15 seconds or until your tin is very cold.

Fill your rocks glass with fresh cubed ice. Using your Hawthorne strainer, strain your cocktail into the rocks glass

Serve and enjoy!

History

There’s not much of a story surrounding this recent addition to the cocktail canon. The Buena Vida appears in Difford’s Guide where it’s listed as being, “adapted from a drink created in 2011 by Lee Clinton.” Nothing else is said on the mysterious Mr. Clinton, or his clandestine cocktail which may or may not have been called a Buena Vida.

It seems then, that this drink was created by the man himself, Simon Difford, though certainly with at least a little help. The drink most closely resembles a marriage between two well known tequila classics; the Paloma and the Matador, a Paloma being a sort of grapefruit margarita and the matador being it’s pineapple equivalent. The combination of these two fruity concoctions creates a drink that has both the tropical flavour of a tiki cocktail and the sharp tanginess of a tequila drink.

With its sparse and uneventful history, there isn’t much intrigue surrounding the Buena Vida, but its base liquor, tequila, has been the subject of many myths and misconceptions. Tequila has an Appellation of Origin which means it must come from one of a group of specific areas in Mexico for it to be called tequila. This, coupled with the fact that agave plants take at least 12 years to mature, gave rise to the popularity of ‘mixto’ tequilas. By combining their 100% agave tequila with cheaper spirits distilled from sugar or grain, producers were able to sell higher volumes at a cheaper price. When buying tequila always look for a note on the label which says ‘100% blue agave’ or 100% de agave’, if you stick to this rule you’ll always end up with a smooth and authentic tasting tequila.

With its sparse and uneventful history, there isn’t much intrigue surrounding the Buena Vida, but its base liquor, tequila, has been the subject of many myths and misconceptions.

Allergens
No common allergens to be found, although, since every body is different, we advise you check out this recipe's ingredients list just to be sure!
Recommended

The Buena Vida is a modern classic, combining the sharp sweetness of blanco tequila with the tropical fruity flavours of pineapple and grapefruit, this is a great drink to feature at your bar hire if you’re hoping to convert tequila haters to agave aficionados.

Tequila is a great spirit but it gets a bad rep, up until recently it was hard to get hold of good tequila made from 100% agave, a lot of what was available, was what is known as ‘mixtos’, a mixture of tequila and grain alcohol. Nowadays though, premium tequila is more accessible than ever and there are loads of great drinks that help champion this Mexican spirit.

The Buena Vida is a great inclusion on a tequila menu as it is a little less sharp and boozy than a lot of tequila classics. If you want to serve some more archetypal tequila drinks alongside it you might want to consider a classic Margarita or a Paloma: a zingy tequila drink featuring fresh grapefruit and apricot brandy served short on the rocks.

This cocktail works great as part of a tiki menu, the tropical flavours of pineapple and grapefruit match well with the exotic fruity cocktails indicative of tiki culture, but the use of tequila rather than rum, sets the Buena Vida apart from other tiki drinks and makes it a great cocktail to add some variety to a tiki based selection.

Tequila is a strong favourite amongst bartenders and seasoned drinkers but for those guests who prefer a lighter spirit or a lower alcohol drink you may want to include some beers on your menu, or a fruity, vodka-based cocktail like the Pineapple smash; this julep style drink features pineapple, rosemary and lemon and as with a lot of vodka drinks, doesn’t taste very alcoholic, perfect for guests who like a milder cocktail.

If you’re planning on including the Buena Vida on your cocktail menu and want to know more about what drinks might be good to serve alongside it be sure to speak to your event organiser about your options, or check out some other tequila-based, fruity and summery cocktails from our list.

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