Tequila Tangerine Dream

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This cocktail combines the delicate flavors of tangerine and lavender with the kick of tequila. The unique and slightly salty flavor of tequila really comes through. With Cinco de Mayo coming up, you may even consider this as a light and slower-drinkin’ addition to your party menu. You can substitute rum for a slightly sweeter taste any time of year.

1 tangerine (½ for juice and ½ for tangerine slices)
2 sprigs fresh lavender
1 oz simple syrup
2 oz silver tequila
Crushed ice
Club soda

Peel the tangerine. Juice half of it and set the juice aside. Remove pith from the other half and cut into small pieces. Put tangerine at the bottom of a tall glass, then add the syrup, juice and some lavender petals. Muddle this mixture. Pour in tequila. Pack crushed ice on top of this and then top off with club soda. Garnish with lavender or tangerine twists. (It’s prettier to leave the lavender petals in but, if you would be bothered by some getting in your mouth, then strain them out.)

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