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It is snowing in Portland, Oregon, and I am thrilled (for now). As someone who was born in Mississippi and subsequently lived in Los Angeles and Florida, I am always enthralled with fluffy white stuff falling from the sky, at least until it goes on for “too long,” and I start to feel trapped by the slick, frozen roads. (It doesn’t snow that much in Portland, so the city is not equipped to deal with it for more than a few days.)

One might think such weather calls for spiked hot cocoa and mulled wine, but lots of snow means I’ve got the heat running, and constant heat leaves me parched, and craving juicy, thirst-quenching libations. (I realize that alcohol is the opposite of hydrating, but a cold, shaken cocktail is a lot more refreshing than a hot, wine-based one.)

Lucky for me, I stocked up on entirely too many things at Trader Joe’s last week, including a carton of pineapple juice (a favorite of my teetotaling boyfriend). He drank most of it last night, but left just enough for me to make a few Matadors, a Trader Vic cocktail I recently read about over on Punch.

This drink is incredibly tart—almost too tart—but somehow, it works. Tequila always plays well with lime and pineapple, and the juice of the latter provides just enough sweetness to keep the acidity in check. Punch recommends shaking over shaved ice, but regular cracked ice will also work. Just make sure to shake hard and long.

To make a Matador, you will need:

  • 1 ounce tequila
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice

Pour everything into a shaker filled with cracked or shaved ice and shake until very cold. Strain into a coupe or similar vessel. Sip while looking at some snow, and repeat until you feel emboldened to go out into that snow.



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