LOS ANGELES, Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A Los Angles bartender and mixologist has honored the Mexican fight for freedom on Mexico's Independence Day celebrated today by creating a brand-new drink called "Mexico Libre," not to be confused with the infamous "Cuba Libre."
The concoction commemorates the embraced official day of The Mexican Independence when 80 pro-independence fighters were released from jail. Each year on September 15 at 11:00 PM, as the bells of the churches ring out in Mexico, the President repeats a shout of patriotism: "a Grito Mexicano."
The Mexico Libre recipe is:
2 oz. Casa Nobles Repasado
1/2 oz. Cormbier pamplemousse liquor
3/4 oz. Pink Grapefruit juice
3-4 dashes of Fee Bros Grapefruit bitters
Shake and strain in ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a grapefruit peel.
Los Angeles Mixologist John A. Maraffi, the creator of the drink, has tended bar at The House of Blues; opened the Highlands night club as Assistant Bar Manager; and joined The Edison where he honed his mixology skills under the tutelage of Marcos Tella and Aiden Demarest. He began his sommelier studies and developed the wine program for the Edison. He created the "Happy Herbie" for the Herbert Ryman foundation of the Edison which was published in a collection of cocktail drinks in "Under the Table: a Dorothy Parker Cocktail Guide" in 2014. He had another drink published in "The Cocktail Beer Hour" created for the beverage program at the venerable Tam O"Shanter Inn in Los Angeles where Mr. Maraffi is currently Bar Manager/Beverage Manager.
Several Mexican restaurants are already pouring the drink including Anjeo, a new restaurant in the Tribeca section of New York City.
SOURCE John A. Maraffi