In a cantina recently in Mexico City, sipping through a list of cocktails that are relatively uncommon north of the border, I found myself developing a Twilight-_esque obsession for a vampire — or, as they call it in Mexico, _vampiro. Fruity, fresh, and pinkish-orange in hue, this tequila, tomato, Tabasco, and citrus concoction is like a cartoonish cousin to the bloody Mary — more Love at First Bite, actually, than Twilight. It’s often topped with Squirt soda.
I was surprised to have enjoyed this drink so much; I have to confess that I’m not much of a tequila drinker, and don’t usually love the taste of agave. So when I got back to New York and found a bottle of Krogstad Aquavit on my desk, I figured that this smooth Scandinavian spirit, with its caraway and liquorice-like star anise flavors, would put an appealing spin on my beloved vampiro. It would particularly be the case, I thought, if I swapped out the sweet Squirt soda for something drier and brisker, like Perrier Lemon. And I was right; if I can say so myself, this vampiro version is bloody good.