Tradicional Añejo is a premium tequila matured for more than 12 months in new American oak barrels. The añejo spirit is then finished for up to four months in Irish single malt whiskey barrels to create a unique and complex añejo tequila.
The El Smash Thyme is a delicious fusion of these Mexican and Irish influences.
2 slices lemon
3 sprigs thyme, divided
1 1/2 oz Jose Cuervo Tradicional Añejo
3/4 oz thyme syrup
1/2 oz lemon juice
2 dashes aromatic bitters
For the thyme syrup:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
5 thyme sprigs
Make the thyme syrup: simmer sugar, water and thyme sprigs together for 15 minutes. Let cool.
Make the cocktail: Muddle lemon slices and 2 sprigs of thyme in a mixing tin. Add Jose Cuervo Tradicional Añejo, thyme syrup, lemon juice and bitters. Shake with ice and strain into a highball glass with fresh ice. Light the remaining thyme sprig briefly with a match. Extinguish flame and add as a garnish.