Hair of the Tiger Cocktail

Hair of the Tiger Cocktail

Hair of the Tiger Cocktail

This brunch-appropriate cocktail marries the spicy Peruvian leche de tigre (tiger's milk) used to season the fish in ceviche with reposado tequila and fruity hot sauce for a zesty, umami-packed take on a classic Bloody Mary.Matt Taylor-Gross

Literally translating to "tiger's milk," leche de tigre is a critical part of Peruvian ceviche: The mix of citrus, chiles, aromatics, and fish stock flavors and gently "cooks" the raw fish. But in parts of Central and South America, it's also often sipped as a hangover cure. After testing several versions for The Secrets of Lima's Cutting-Edge Ceviche, we turned our leftovers into a zesty, revitalizing cocktail. The gentle spice and citrus notes of reposado tequila were just right with the heat and umami of the tiger's milk.

What You Will Need

Hair of the Tiger Cocktail
Literally translating to “tiger’s milk,” leche de tigre is a critical part of Peruvian ceviche: The mix of citrus, chiles, aromatics, and fish stock flavors and gently “cooks” the raw fish. But in parts of Central and South America, it’s also often sipped as a hangover cure. After testing several versions for The Secrets of Lima's Cutting Edge Ceviche, we turned our leftovers into a zesty, revitalizing cocktail. The gentle spice and citrus notes of reposado tequila were just right with the heat and umami of the tiger’s milk.

Ingredients

  • 5 oz. leche de tigre
  • 1 12 oz. reposado tequila
  • 12 tsp. fruity hot sauce, plus more for garnish
  • Chile salt, for rim
  • Celery shoots and fresh papaya, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. In an ice-filled shaker, combine the leche de tigre, tequila, and hot sauce. Shake well until the shaker feels cold, then pour over ice into a chile-salt-rimmed glass. Garnish with celery shoots and papaya if desired, and more hot sauce to taste.