Oysters and Shots

I just found out that it’s National Oyster Day.

Pairing drinks with food may consider the flavors, smells and even textures of a dish, but rarely the motion involved in its consumption.

Pairing shots with oyster shooters is a great way to enhance the sensory experience, and to move the accoutrement off the oyster and into a glass.

An for those of you who don’t like oysters, just remember that taking a shot first makes anything more palatable.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Colorado Rattlesnake (Pepper/Spicy)

  • 1 ounce  Tequila
  • 3/4 ounces tomato juice
  • 1/4- 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • course ground black pepper

Aviation (Citrus/Sour)

  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 dash maraschino

Last Word (Citrus/Sour)

  • 1/2 ounce gin
  • 1/2 ounce green Chartreuse
  • 1/2 ounce maraschino
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice

Bourbon or Mezcal (Smoky)

  • 1.5 ounces cold bourbon or mezcal

Dirty Martini (Brine/Salty)

  • 1.5 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce olive juice

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