Cocktail Donaji
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Cocktail Donaji
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The Cocktail Donaji is an alluring mix of traditional Mexican flavors, combining the smoky notes of mezcal with the sweetness of grenadine and the fresh citrus punch of orange and ... more The Cocktail Donaji is an alluring mix of traditional Mexican flavors, combining the smoky notes of mezcal with the sweetness of grenadine and the fresh citrus punch of orange and pineapple juices. Named after a Zapotec princess, this cocktail is both vibrant and flavorful, often served in a salt-rimmed cocktail glass to enhance its complexity. The Donaji offers a harmonious blend of ingredients, resulting in a refreshing and slightly exotic drinking experience, reflecting the rich cultural heritage from which it hails. Perfect for those looking to explore mezcal-based cocktails, the Donaji provides a delightful balance between fruity and smoky elements.
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Mezcal
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Lime
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10% | 2.4 units *

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Cocktail Donaji

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Moisten the rim of the glass and roll in salt
Stir all other ingredients together in a mixing glass and pour over chipped ice
Garnish with a lime wedge and serve
~ For a more authentic feel, use sel de gusano (the salt that comes attached to some Mezcals) to rim the glass. ~

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Rim  ·  Stir  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Why is the Cocktail Donaji stirred and not shaken?

Stirring is used for the Cocktail Donaji to gently mix the ingredients without diluting the drink as much as shaking would. This method preserves the clarity and integrity of the mezcal, allowing its unique flavor to meld smoothly with the pineapple and orange juices without introducing too much air into the mixture.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What type of mezcal is best used in a Cocktail Donaji?

For the Cocktail Donaji, it is recommended to use a joven (young) mezcal, which is clear and unaged, preserving the purest agave flavors. This type highlights the cocktail's freshness and smoky essence without overwhelming the other ingredients.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the ideal garnish for a Cocktail Donaji?

A traditional garnish for the Cocktail Donaji includes a lime or orange wheel, and possibly a salt rim for contrast and to enhance the flavors. Adding an edible flower or a sprig of mint can also elevate the presentation and add a subtle aromatic touch.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

How can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Cocktail Donaji?

To create a non-alcoholic version of the Cocktail Donaji, you can substitute the mezcal with a smoky non-alcoholic spirit or a mix of teas such as Lapsang Souchong, which mimics mezcal's smoky quality. Adjust the proportions to taste, focusing on maintaining the balance between the smokiness, sweetness, and acidity.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content in a Cocktail Donaji compare to other cocktails?

With a 10% alcohol content, the Cocktail Donaji is on the lower end of the spectrum compared to many classic cocktails. For example, it's significantly less potent than a Margarita (around 40% alcohol) or a Martini (up to 32% alcohol), making it a lighter, more sessionable choice suitable for occasions when you prefer a milder drink.

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