Young and Hungry

Remixology: Make Us a Drink With Wheat Grass Juice

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Where: El Centro D.F., 1819 14th St. NW

Bartender: Rob Day, regional beverage director for Richard Sandoval Restaurants

Mystery Ingredient: Wheat grass juice liquid extract

Bartender Response: “Let me taste this first,” Day said. When told wheat grass juice is a health food, he said, “It doesn’t do anything for me.”

What We Got: A sweet wheat grass margarita 

How It Tasted: Wheat grass juice isn’t particularly appetizing. OK, it tastes gnarly—chalky with hints of licorice and molasses—but not in a good way. It is sweet, however, and Day decided it could replace the agave nectar he normally uses in his margaritas. He added lime and cilantro to counter the sweetness and brighten up the  murky green concoction. The margarita was tart, thirst-quenching, a little earthy—and thankfully, far removed from its Vitamin Shoppe roots.

Improv Points (1 to 5): 3. Day’s drink wasn’t much of a departure from a typical margarita, but he gets  kudos for incorporating the, um, unique flavors of wheat grass juice. Day had planned to keep the green theme going by adding cucumber, but alas, he couldn’t find any in the kitchen.

Recipe:

15 leaves cilantro

2 lime wedges

1.5 ounce el Jimador Tequila Blanco

1 ounce wheat grass juice extract

4 ounce sour mix

Add cilantro and lime wedges to cocktail shaker and muddle. Add ice, tequila, and wheat grass, then shake. Add sour mix and shake again. Pour into glass and garnish with lime.*

*Variation: add 2 thinly sliced cucumbers and muddle them with cilantro and lime.

Got an idea for the next mystery ingredient? Let us know in the comments. 

Photo by Adele Chapin

  • can you do better?

    So you pick something bad-tasting, the bartender made it palatable, and he gets a 3? Maybe you should try making a drink yourself first to see how hard it is. That way a bartender's grade is based on reality (and the "winning" recipe is worth publishing).

  • Tweaked

    Have you guys used Marmite as a mystery ingredient yet?

  • drez

    I might have made a play on a Bloody Mary or even gazpacho. Something brunchy. Regardless the wheat grass taste would have been cut by acid and umami been back-benched.

  • http://mediawiki.s355.xrea.com/x/index.php/%E5%88%A9%E7%94%A8%E8%80%85%E2%80%90%E4%BC%9A%E8%A9%B1:CandaceBHD Rodolfo

    Great post.

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