Ishta Bentoon Cocktail
The cocktail lounge at the innovative White Lies/Black Eye Capitol Hill (supper club by night/coffee cafe by day) offers an impressive Tingala cocktail using Xtabentún liqueur, which like Tingala, is flower-based.
Tingala is made from fresh, tongue-buzzing spilanthes flowers; Xtabentún is made from the fermented honey of bees which frequent the xtabentún flowers of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. The Mayans of the Yucatan called spilanthes flowers xux, “wasp,” which we reflect in our choice of a wasp as Tingala’s logo.
Leopold’s Gin, lime juice and Luxardo finish out this summery herbal-flower delight. Ask for the “Ishta Bentoon with Tingala.” White Lies/Black Eye is at 800 Sherman St. in Denver.
Seth shared his recipe:
1 oz. Leopold’s Small Batch Gin
1 oz. Tingala Liqueur
1 oz. Xtabentún Liqueur
¼ oz. lime juice
¼ oz. Luxardo Maraschino
Combine ingredients in an ice-filled shaker. Shake, and strain into a couple glass. Garnish as desired.
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