Verdita

A little green palate cleansener

The verdita (“little green”) is the green cousin of the classic red Mexican palate cleansener sangrita (“little blood).

Both traditionally serve as a non-alcoholic accompaniment to tequila to highlight its crisp acidity and complement the peppery and citrusy qualities of the agave distillate. It will clean your palate between each sip and invite you to enjoy the taste experience properly rather than just shooting it down.

Often it’s served as a shot, but at The Barking Dog they serve it as a drink in its own right – that way it doesn’t necessarily have to be served as a side car for tequila.

The Verdita consists of mint, cilantro, green chilli, salt, pineapple and lime.

Blend all ingredients and serve over ice and garnish with a sprig of mint.

If you drink verdita, tequila and sangrita together in Southern Mexico it’s called a “Mexican flag”, as you’ll be drinking the colours of the flag.

This wonderful herbal drink will serve perfectly as a palate cleansener for any spicy meal or drink and it leaves no head ache it its wake.

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Thomas Klem Andersen
I believe that true mastery eventually leads to original creation given the right conditions. I love creative cocktails that push the limits of flavor pairing. But I can't deny I have a personal preference for whisky and love everything that is clear and stirred.