Collin comes from a long background in the service industry. After spending much of his career behind the bar, Collin brings his talents to Código 1530 to build out cocktails and run sales for South Texas.
This is an easy sipper cocktail for those hot summer days that are coming our way shortly. The subtle balance of the elderflower and the refreshing cucumber combined with beautiful tequila come together in a refreshing cocktail.
Pro tip: When garnishing, slap the mint in your hand like you are clapping then add it to the opposite side of the glass from where you're going to drink. This allows for the garnish to interplay with the cocktail.
A play on the paloma, the oleo shrub brings out a boldness from the citrus oils that you can't get from normal syrup alone. The carbonated water brings in the bold effervescence which ties this cocktail together.
To make oleo shrub:
Peel 5 lemons and 3 sumo citrus. Add into a mixing bowl with ¾ cup sugar and lightly muddle. Leave on the counter covered for up to 4 hours.
Once the oleo shrub is made, use a cheesecloth to strain and remove liquid from the base of the mixing bowl. Combine with ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar and bottle. Store in fridge.
Pro tip: Oleo extracts the oils from citrus peels using sugar. It enhances the mouthfeel and body of the cocktail.