I don’t get asked over to other people’s apartments for dinner that often. And especially not by my secret friend crushes. But a few weeks ago, the universe sent some magic my way, and I found an invitation in my inbox from Julia Turshen.
Julia and I have a similar freelance, cobbled-together career, except that everything she writes is featured in way better publications, and everything she cooks is served to way cooler people. We’ve run into each other a bunch of times around town, and needless to say, I’ve been crushin’. Hard.
When the email arrived, I wanted to make a good impression. So, like any polite guest would, I asked the logical question: white or red or tequila?
Be still my heart, she chose tequila.
The next day I was on a mission to find the perfect tequila cocktail that required just a few ingredients, and was easy to assemble on site. I came across this Patronata recipe on Food52 – a simple combo of silver Patron with San Pellegrino Limonata – and knew I had found it.
Since I didn’t want to inflict this drink on my dinner dates without making sure it was Tasty with a capital T, I mixed myself a little sample before I walked over, adding some muddled fresh basil to make it my own. It produced a very delicious drink, and also a very drunk Phoebe.
Like the start of any good first date, I arrived on Julia’s doorstep rosy-cheeked, giggly, and inhibition-free. Luckily, after another few rounds, Julia and Cleo were in a similar state. Conversation abounded, sparks flew, and the next morning we all woke up as newly minted, and very hungover friends.
Did I mention it was a Wednesday?
I recommend saving the “white or red or tequila” card for a weekend night. If your host makes the right choice, as mine certainly did, try out the Patronata on your new bestie. Just remember to take a few Advil with you as well.
- 1 cup silver tequila (preferably Patron)
- 1 1/2 cups San Pellegrino Limonata (about 1 can)
- 1/2 cup water or seltzer
- 8 basil leaves
- Fill four tumblers with ice cubes.
- Divide the tequila between the glasses (1/4 cup in each). Top with the limonata and water or selzer.
- Coarsely tear half the basil leaves and divide among the glasses. Stir well, muddling the basil as you go. Garnish with the remaining basil leaves and enjoy.