El Polaco
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El Polaco
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This addictive libation was created for The Greek Connection in Medellin, by former intelligence agent Gregory Grzegorzyk. It is based on the popular local alcohol, aguardiente, and the enigmatic Jägermeister. ... more This addictive libation was created for The Greek Connection in Medellin, by former intelligence agent Gregory Grzegorzyk. It is based on the popular local alcohol, aguardiente, and the enigmatic Jägermeister. People will either love it or hate it, and for those who love it, there will be no such thing as 'just one'. It can easily be made with two measures of aguardiente to one of Jägermeister. The Greek Connection in Medellin is the Rick's Cafe American of South America.
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Jagermeister
Garnish
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Coffee
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28.33% | 2.55 units *

Whisky glass

Ingredients

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30ml 1oz 3cl
60ml 2oz 6cl

Method
How to make a El Polaco

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Pour aguardiente onto ice, then slowly pour Jägermeister into the glass and stir
Garnish with a coffee bean and serve
~ If you add an extra ounce of Bretana Club Soda, you have El Polaco Suav. ~

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Why is the El Polaco cocktail stirred and not shaken?

Stirring cocktails, like the El Polaco, is a technique commonly used for mixed drinks that are spirit-forward and do not include citrus or other juices. This method ensures that the drink remains clear and not diluted from the vigorous action of shaking, maintaining the dense flavors of Jagermeister and Aguardiente.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What is Aguardiente and how does it impact the flavor profile of El Polaco?

Aguardiente is a traditional Latin American liquor that translates to 'fire water' in English, typically made from sugarcane and flavored with anise. It has a strong, fiery taste with a sweet undertone. In the El Polaco cocktail, Aguardiente imparts a robust, sweetly aromatic, and slightly spicy flavor, contrasting with the herbal notes of Jagermeister.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve the El Polaco to enhance its flavors?

The ideal way to serve El Polaco is in a whisky glass over ice. The cold temperature enhances the herbal nuances of the Jagermeister and the spicy-sweet characteristics of the Aguardiente, making for a more pleasant sipping experience. Garnishing with an orange twist can also add a subtle citrus aroma, complementing its complex flavor profile.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of El Polaco compare to other classic cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 28.33%, El Polaco falls into the mid-to-high range of alcohol content for cocktails. It's stronger than lighter cocktails like the Aperol Spritz (around 11%) but not as strong as some spirit-forward options like the Classic Martini (around 30-32%) or the Manhattan (around 28-34%). Its balanced strength makes it suitable for those who prefer a cocktail that's neither too light nor overwhelmingly potent.

FOOD_PAIRINGS

What food pairings would complement the El Polaco cocktail?

Given the robust, spicy, and sweet flavors of El Polaco, it pairs well with rich, savory dishes such as grilled meats, barbecue, or hearty stews. The cocktail's intensity can stand up to strong flavors, so spicy cuisines like Mexican or Thai could also make excellent pairings, providing a nice balance between the drink's sweetness and the food's heat.

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