Behind the Stick: How to make the 0-6-6 from Leroy's Kitchen
Expect the unexpected from this tequila-based cocktail, which has a blend of sweet and spice to it. If you're looking for a well-balance libation that will have you saying "Oh!-Six-Six." Blue Bridge Hospitality's Beverage Director, Greg Majors, shares the recipe with Behind the Stick.
2 oz. Cimarron Tequila
.5 oz. passion fruit puree
.5 oz. lime juice
.5 oz. jalapeno simple syrup
Garnish: lime wheel
What’s the origin of the 0-6-6?
0-6-6 is the emergency code in Mexico, equivalent to our 911. Because the drink has a heavy Mexican influence through Tequila, and a healthy heat from the Jalapeno, we just wanted our guests to be prepared with the fire department's number.
How would you describe the taste to someone who hasn’t had this before?
Bright passion fruit is tied together with Cointreau and crisp agave notes. This is all wrapped up by a balanced lingering heat from the jalapeno, leaving you ready for the next sip. It's similar to a margarita, but a margarita with style... mad style.
What would be the key component in this drink?
The passion fruit. It allows the Tequila to really shine, while at the same time taming the jalapeno and bringing it in line with the rest of the drink.
When choosing a tequila, why did go with Cimarron Tequila? Could you switch it out for a Mezcal?
Cimarron is a serious tequila. I would blind taste their blanco next to any blanco. The tequila is clean, crisp, bright, it is killer in cocktails, and just as good sipped. Enrique Fonesca, who makes Cimarron, grows all the agave for his products on his own farm. The man is serious about his craft.
As for switching the Tequila for Mezcal, I love the idea. Adding that extra layer of smokiness to the cocktail would surely add another dimension to the drink.
What reactions do you get from customers when they try this cocktail for the first time?
Well at first, we were calling it the "Zero-Six-Six." But after watching the look of surprise and pleasure spread across our guest's face as they tried the drink, we could almost here them exclaim "Oh!" So now around the restaurant, we call it the "Oh!-Six-Six."
What are some good dishes to pair this drink with?
This drink is so versatile. It can compliment a wide array of dishes. But I think it shines at our brunch. I would pair this with our Gem Salad with passion fruit vinaigrette to start, then the Duck Chiliquiles, mix in our patio and some Coronado sunshine. That is the way to go for sure.
Watch the beverage director of Blue Ridge Hospitality, Mark Spears, makes this delicious cocktail, 0-6-6, from Leroy's Kitchen & Lounge in Coronado.
What kind of experience can someone get at Leroy's Kitchen?
Expect the unexpected. Whether you are looking for a burger with a craft beer, cocktails, live music or a fresh farm-to-table meal paired with a selection from our 120+ bottle wine list, there is something for everyone at Leroy's.
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