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Step By Step: Make The Refreshing 'Shrinebuilder' Cocktail

By Paul Leddy in Food on Apr 26, 2013 7:00PM

The great thing about making cocktails at home, unlike trying to make restaurant dishes at home, is that most of us have access to the same equipment and liquors that bartenders use. Food recipes that come from chefs can be difficult to replicate because the ingredients can be obscure or of a higher quality than what you would find in a regular store. Also, restaurant equipment can reach temperatures that most home cooking equipment won’t come close to.

What a chef does with heat, a bartender does with ice and a few ingredients. Anyone can buy a bottle of liquor, but there are some special mixtures and combinations that can be a bit daunting for the home mixer. Once you learn how to make them, though, you'll be making cocktails just like the pros.

A couple weeks ago, we showed Eric Henry from The Whistler making The Shrinebuilder in our “Behind the Stick” series. The cocktail touches all the senses: it’s spicy, herbaceous, and, most importantly, refreshing.

At the heart of the cocktail is a concoction called verdita. Basically, verdita is a combination of mint, cilantro, peppers and pineapple juice. If you are looking for another use for the verdita, a popular use in Mexico is doing a shot of verdita before a shot of tequila. You will never go back to lime and salt again. Once made, the verdita can last 7-10 days.

We thought we would show the steps to making this incredible cocktail at home. It really is quite simple and will definitely be a hit at your next party.