It's my birthday! For a birthday toast, I’m waxing philosophical and suggesting that the best present we all have is the lives of those we love who are present in our own. With that in mind, I’m raising my glass to all my family and friends, near and far, old and new. This is a cocktail I created from some spirits a friend sent me to try a while back. I had made a comment about how interesting they sounded, and next thing you know, a few little bottles arrived on my doorstep. It was a nice surprise, and provided some perfect inspiration at the time. The samples were of Chareau aloe liqueur and Amaro Angelino, both incredibly unique California spirits which were not available in my region at the time. Chareau is a light and refreshing spirit distilled from local aloe vera, cucumber, eau de vie, lemon peel, muskmelon, and spearmint. It adds a truly unique flavor to any drink. Amaro Angelino is a distinctly Californian light bitter liqueur in the Italian style with bright citrus notes. Both are truly delicious on their own, and both are fantastic in cocktails. I combined them for this one, and call it the “Friendsip”. Here’s to my family and friends, thanks for your presence in my life. Cheers!



1 ½ oz reposado tequila

½ oz Amaro Angelino

¾ oz Chareau aloe liqueur

½ oz Cointreau

¾ oz fresh lime

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a favorite glass. Garnish with a lime bow.


For more about the "Present" box see:

Boxes and Booze: Presence