Hold the Salt: Three Tequila Cocktails That Aren’t Margaritas
May 1, 2018
Hold the Salt: Three Tequila Cocktails That Aren’t Margaritas

Every May it seems our Heartwood palates turn to agave spirits, particularly tequila. Maybe that’s because Cinco de Mayo is on the horizon. Maybe it’s because tequila seems so right for the coming Seattle sunshine. Or maybe, it’s just because the bar team at Heartwood Provisions needs an excuse. After all, the men and women mixing things up here seem to have a thing for tequila—and for tequila cocktails. In the past five years, three members of the team have won the Northwest Tequila Cocktail Competition (Amanda Reed, Michael Cadden and Bridget Maloney), and with it an all expenses trip to Jalisco and Oaxaca, Mexico.

How Heartwood Does Tequila Cocktails

To honor that passion for tequila, beverage director and agave lover, Amanda Reed decided to whip up some drinks. The result was anything but expected. Gone is the triple sec and lime juice. In their places come beets and blood oranges. In the end, Reed crafted three unique tequila cocktails that are definitely not margaritas. Two of these recipes are made for the DIY mixologist; one can also be found gracing the menu of our downtown Seattle restaurant.

Beets by Reed
2 oz Blanco Tequila
3/4 oz Salers Gentiane
1/2 oz Ancho Reyes Verde
3/4 oz Beet Jus*
3/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice
2 oz Soda Water
Garnish: Dill

Combine all ingredients but soda and give it a quick shake. Strain cocktail into a Collins glass, add ice, top with soda and garnish.
Those not keen on juicing their own root vegetables can find Beets by Reed among the House Cocktails on Heartwood’s spring bar menu.

*Beet Jus
4 qt Raw Beets
8.8 oz Red Wine Vinegar
10 1/2 oz Red Wine
.70 oz Kosher Salt
21 oz White Sugar

Clean and quarter beets. Using a juicer or a blender, juice beets to one quart of juice. Combine juice with remaining ingredients and place in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until juice is reduced to half the volume.

DIY Tequila Cocktails


Bitter Blossom

1 ½ oz Blanco Tequila
¾ oz Aperol Apertivo
¾ oz Fresh Blood Orange Juice
½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
¼ oz Simple Syrup (1:1)
Garnish: Blood Orange Wheel

Combine all ingredients, shake, fine strain into a cocktail glass and garnish.
*grapefruit juice may be substituted instead when blood orange is not seasonally available

Simple Syrup




Here Comes the Sun

2 oz Reposado Tequila
3/4 oz Liquore Strega
½ oz Honey Syrup (1:1)
1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
3 slices of Jalapenos
3 slices of Cucumber

Cut three slices each of cucumber wheels and jalapenos (cut out core and seeds, leave some seeds for extra spice). Add to mixing vessel along with juice, and muddle. Mix the rest of the ingredients, give it all a quick shake, and pour into a highball glass. Top off with ice




Category: Beets, Beverages, Recipes