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Sunday thru Thursday 5:30-10pm
Friday & Saturday 5:30-11pm
Front bar opens at 5pm nightly

Fore! Lee Trevino debuts on Comal's cocktail menu

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

The new cocktails keep coming out of the basement laboratory.  The latest, Lee Trevino, is another quaffable, easy-drinking option (alongside SPF 2020 and old standby the Comal Swizzle), inspired by rival golfer Arnold Palmer’s namesake concoction (half lemonade/half iced tea), and the related “John Daly”, which is an Arnold Palmer plus vodka.

The initial idea came from chef Matt, who suggested a tequila-based twist on the Arnold Palmer.  The “lemonade” in the Lee Trevino is a complex affair, consisting of house-made Meyer lemon marmalade and fresh lemon juice. Add Cimarron blanco tequila infused with mango black tea and some Erdinger Weissbrau, shake on ice and serve tall – voila!  It’s either a deconstructed tequila-based Arnold Palmer or a fortified Bavarian spring shandy, but either way it’s delicious.

For those of you who aren’t golf fans, Lee Trevino is a legendary Mexican American golfer who played his best golf in the seventies.  He has won every significant tournament except the Masters and is also a very funny man.  He once quipped, “I played the tour in 1967 and told jokes and nobody laughed. Then I won the Open the next year, told the same jokes, and everybody laughed like hell.”  After he was struck by lightning at the 1975 Western Open, Trevino was asked by a reporter what he would do if he were out on the course and it began to storm again. Trevino answered he would take out his 1 iron and point it to the sky, “Because not even God can hit the 1-iron.”

Probably my favorite Lee Trevino tidbit is that early in his career he wore a Band Aid to cover a tattoo of his ex-wife’s name.

JP (with input from MC)


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