1.5 Ounces Tequila
1 Ounce Triple-sec
3 – 6 Ounces Grapefruit Soda
1 – 3 Muddled Strawberry (depending on size)
Muddle strawberries with tequila and triple sec, shake, double strain (optional), add grapefruit soda, and garnish with lime twist.
Brief note before going to the schematics of the drink. This drink evolved from a cynical desire to create a drink to share with my other single friends on a lonely Valentine’s Day. Ironically, I didn’t spend that Valentine’s Day single or with my other single friends, and my girlfriend Lily (with whom I spent Valentine’s Day with) helped me concoct this drink. I had planned to spend that evening with my single friends while the couples in our friend-group went to do couple things, instead I found myself escapading hundreds of miles from my school to go on my first date with Lily. But that’s a story for another time.
In creating this drink the name came first and the ingredients were selected to capture the aesthetic of the name. I settled on the name Tinder date represented an easy alternative to spending Valentine’s Day single, and seems to capture feelings that are opposite to those associated with Valentine’s Day. Tequila was selected as the base spirit because nothing spells out ‘poor decisions’ better than tequila and a Tinder date. I felt the incorporation of grapefruit soda incorporated a slight bitterness I wanted in the drink. If you haven’t picked up on it yet, I was not happy about Valentine’s Day. Finally, strawberries give the drink a pleasant red hue, and also go well with the theme of the drink. Unfortunately, the only reason Triple Sec was used was to add a bit of sweetness and citrus flavor.
Now onto how to actually make the drink. I found while making this drink for my friends (including the couples) single straining instead of double straining allowed for little bits of strawberry to make their way into the final product. Personally I found it enjoyable because the small pieces of strawberry were pleasant to eat. Depending on how strong you would like to make your drink the amount of grapefruit soda can be varied. In terms of taste, there were dramatic differences depending on the amount of soda used. With only 1-2 ounces of soda the drink the taste of tequila was much more obvious and the carbonation from the soda was basically negligible, but with 4-6 ounces of soda the drink almost seemed like a punch because the tequila was completely masked by the taste of grapefruit.
Reflecting on the drink I suspect the incorporation of lime juice might be a pleasant addition. I don’t necessarily think using less triple-sec would be necessary because a large reason it was used was to add sugar to the drink because grapefruit soda is not terribly sweet. Another aspect I would like to improve on is incorporating a stronger strawberry flavor, it might have been because the strawberries I had access to were not very ripe, but I think taste of strawberry was too subtle. Two alternatives come to mind immediately, first would be to incorporate half an ounce of strawberry liqueur (replacing half an ounce of triple-sec potentially), or to use a touch of strawberry syrup. I currently have a bottle of Amoretti Wild strawberry Syrup that I’ve become an increasingly large fan of.
That’s all I have for this drink. Even if you don’t make it for Valentine’s Day, it’s a delicious drink independently of the thought process behind it. Enjoy!