Last night on Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” Anthony went to Mexico. He nearly revealed the wonderful food and wine of Baha. It was a little difficult to discover – between the editing, the foul mouth and the slurred speech – what a fantastic place the Mexican Wine Country can be.
Just north of Ensenada and 10 miles inland is La Valle de Guadalupe. It is a beautiful and rustic valley planted with some of the most delicious wine grapes, inns and restaurants that you can imagine. My good friends Phil and Eileen Gregory moved down there several years ago and opened the most amazing inn. La Villa Del Valle is a purpose built 6 bedroom bed and breakfast with sweeping views of the valley. Phil has become an accomplished winemaker and has located his winery, Vena Cava on the property. And recently they have opened a spectacular restaurant, Corazon de Tierra. If you are looking for a great escape from Los Angeles, you will be more than pleasantly surprised, you will be completely smitten.
I don’t usually feature a cocktail during the week, but we had one of these last night and I thought it was really delicious. It was a play on the greyhound, so my wife suggested the name.
Makes two cocktails and a lovely evening
- Juice of 1 Pink Grapefruit
- Juice of 1 Lemon
- 4 Shots Good Vodka
- 2 Shots Cointreau
- Cocktail Shaker
- 2 Martini Glasses, chilled
- Hand Juicer
- Dampen the glasses.
- Fill the cocktail shaker 1/2 full of ice. While getting the ice, place the glasses in the freezer.
- Juice the grapefruit and lemon in the shaker.
- Add the booze.
- When you put the vodka back in the freezer (You do keep it in the freezer, right?) grab the glasses. It’s all the time it takes to get a nice frost on them.
- Shake and pour into the frosted glasses.