Bar Beat

Stirred and Shaken: Hugo's Malinche

Last week, I found myself sitting in my car angling the a/c vents so they would shoot down my shorts. What can I say, it's effing hot. When it's this blazing and you don't have a pool, your outdoor options are few: (a) fill your trash can with ice and hop in like you just had your kidney stolen, (b) carjack the ice cream man and drive his rig to Canada, or (c) go to the zoo and hang with the penguins...every day until mid-October. If those seem too extreme, the only prudent course of action for the pool-deprived is to stay inside and find a cold adult beverage.

Hugo's (1600 Westheimer, 713-524-7744) has them in abundance. They also have a patio for those of you in the just-plain-stupid camp. If you're like me, the heat forced you to exceed your summer margarita quota weeks ago. The Malinche is the perfect alternative. If I did have a pool, I'd seriously consider filling it with this stuff, hopping in and just daring hypothermia to even try to make a move.

1 ½ ounces Sauza Silver tequila

1 ounce Hiram Walker Peach brandy

1 ounce fresh lime juice

1 ounce pineapple juice

Dash of simple syrup

Combine all ingredients in a shaker; shake well and serve on the rocks. Repita, por favor.

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