This month we are featuring the Gin Verde, a creation of Vinnie, bartender at Tequilas Restaurant. Verde is Spanish for green, which is the beautiful color of this cucumber inspired cocktail. A perfect refreshment as the weather warms up.
1.5 oz Rowhouse Spirits Gin
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1 oz Cucumber Juice
1/4 oz St. Germain (elderflower liqueur)
splash of soda for fizz
Fill cocktail shaker with ice
Add 1.5 oz Rowhouse Spirits Gin
Add 3/4 oz lime juice
Add 1 oz cucumber juice (peel cucumber first before putting it in juicer)
Add 1/4 oz St. Germain
Pour in glass and top with a spritz of club soda or seltzer
A little bit about Tequilas Restaurant.
Tequilas opened in 1986 in the fifteen hundred block of Locust Street–a time when good restaurants were few and far between. In 2001 they moved to their new location near Rittenhouse Square in a beautiful converted brownstone that was once the home of William Duane, Secretary of the Treasury under Andrew Jackson. When you go to Tequilas, pay special attention to all the original ornate woodwork throughout the restaurant and bar area.
Speaking of the bar area, once you are able to stop ogling the incredible tequila selections–look up. That beautiful chandelier hanging from the ceiling is said to be a gift to Duane from Joseph Bonaparte, older brother of Napoleon, also former king of Naples, Sicily and Spain.
There are some great stories that go along with Tequilas and the house in which it is located. You can check them out at “The Stories Within Tequilas”.
While Vinnie is working his magic at the bar, executive chef Claudio Soto, is cooking up some delicious treats for you in the kitchen. Claudio, affectionately nicknamed El Nino, came to Philadelphia when he was seventeen, and like many great chefs he started as a dishwasher, working his way up through the ranks. He learned to cook under the tutelage of the guest chefs Tequilas brought in from Mexico.
Soto says his favorite dish growing up was Mole Poblano, the specialty of Puebla, Mexco. But his favorite dish to cook on Tequilas menu is the Shrimp Tequilas. It’s a dish made up of grilled jumbo shrimp, in a tequila sauce infused with chile de arbole (Spanish for tree chili, a small and potent Mexican chili pepper), butter, garlic and lime.
Tequilas now serves brunch on Sundays from 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM which features an amazing omelette station.
Tequilas also has a great happy hour We mentioned that extensive collection of tequilas…be sure to sign up on the mailing list on the Contact page. They will let you know when they are doing tequila tastings and pairings, an event you do not want to miss!
1602 Locust Street