I was introduced to this cocktail at the opening of the fabulous new Tigers Milk on Long street in Cape Town and it was love at first sip. Its got tequila, sharp lime flavours and an undertone of coriander with a hint of chilli. Coconut milk and fresh pineapple juice smooth things out making this my new favorite tequila drink.
Tigers Milk or leche de tigre, is the Peruvian name for the marinade used to cure cerviche. Basically the delicious juice that is left behind when you eat this stunning seafood dish, and one of my absolute obsessions (heres my recipe for it). This cocktail takes aspects of these flavours and makes it more drinkable. You can adjust the quantities to suit your taste buds. Add more tequila and lime if you like it stronger and less pineapple juice if you dont want it too sweet. I played around with the ingredients a few times and came up with something I really like. Or, if you are in Cape Town, pop on over to Tigers Milk and get them to make you their version.
I shot some of the menu and stunning interior at this funky new Cape town spot last week, and these are my pics. The food is unashamedly ‘dude food’ and exactly what I like to eat when I’m out for a few drinks. The burgers are delicious and if you like truffle, the truffle mushroom burger with bacon is insanely good. Served with home-made french fries which makes all the difference. The pizzas are baked in a wood fired oven and have crispy thin bases and tasty toppings such as lamb shank and pork belly. They do steak, ribs and prawns and a few other delicious things. Bar food with a bit of class.
Recipe – makes one glorious libation
- 1/4 chilli (green or red) sliced
- a few sprigs of fresh coriander / cilantro
- 2tbsp (30ml) tequila blanco
- 1Tbsp sugar syrup
- juice of 1/2 a lime (1Tbsp)
- 1/4 cup cocnut milk
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed pineapple juice
Put the chilli, coriander, tequila and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker or tall jar and muddle to release the flavours. If you muddle it a lot it will be quite spicy, so I give it a gentle bashing vs a severe one. Add the the coconut milk and pineapple juice with about 5 ice blocks and shake vigorously and strain serving it either straight up or in a glass with ice. Garnish fresh coriander and a wedge of pineapple or lime.