It’s time to bring out the shorts and flip-flops and head to one of Kavanaugh’s many staples – Heights Taco & Tamale Co.
Yellow Rocket Beverage Director Brett Bassett and Heights Taco Bar Manager Jared Teague have whipped up some new enticing cocktails you can sip this spring and keep on sipping straight into summer.
First up, for a flavorful citrus option, go with the Playa Del Vida. The drink is loaded with Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Lunazul Reposado Tequila, Pineapple, Lime, and topped with an Egg White. The egg white gives the drink a sweet kick, as Bassett says, “It’s basically just a meringue for a cocktail.”
It’s hard not to be highly satisfied with this lighter tasting, fresh drink. Bassett continues, “Flavor-wise, you’re going to run through the ringer on this one. You’ll get smoke from the mezcal, you’ll pick up a lot of the citrus …. the sweetness is pretty well-balanced.” Ordering just one of these is not an option, although be careful, that mezcal and tequila combination will eventually sneak up on you.
If you’re in the mood for something a bit more spicy you’ll want to try the Calypso Punch. Think Calypso, as in Caribbean-style-dancing, and you’ve got the drink’s inspiration. Teague wanted to highlight the Plantation Pineapple Rum in this drink, so he built a cocktail around it. He says, “I wanted a summery beach drink, but with a southern taste and feel to it.”
This drink is packed full with the Plantation “Stiggin’s Fancy” Pineapple Rum, Eldorado 3 Year Rum, Lemon, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, Peychauds and Angostura Bitters – and ultimately – you can expect a slightly spicy yet well-balanced tropical delight.
Finally, you can’t go wrong with a bourbon drink. Bourbon lovers will want to get their hands on the Henry’s Hour. The idea from this particular cocktail came out of wanting to use rosemary honey syrup in a cocktail.
Bassett says, “You start with an ingredient, sometimes you can just walk by and smell something … and then it all just starts clicking.”
Henry Mckenna 10 year Bourbon, Rosemary Honey Syrup, Lemon and Orange Bitters make up Henry’s Hour. Bassett continues, “Honey and bourbon play so well together, and then we brightened it up a little bit with the rosemary.”
Henry’s Hour makes for a perfect end to a long day. If you haven’t already, get out to Height Taco to try your favorite from above.