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The Queen of the Desert by Colleen Ford Morales

February 24, 2012

You're gearing up for Oscar Sunday — also known as the "Ladies' Super Bowl" — and to loosely quote an Oscar winner, you're feeling like the queen of the world. Why not be queen of the desert too? This tangy little cocktail of the same name was created by bartender Colleen Ford Morales for the bar at Next Door by Josie and it features a royal mix of sterling silver tequila, fresh lime and grapefruit juice and simple syrup. A courtly kick comes from crisp jalapeño slices.

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The Queen of the Desert by Colleen Ford Morales

2 ounces silver tequila

1 ounce fresh lime juice

1 ounce fresh grapefruit juice

1 ounce simple syrup

2 thin jalapeño slices, plus more for garnish

Tonic water

Combine tequila, lime and grapefruit juice and syrup over ice in a mixing glass. Shake well and pour into a Collins glass (do not strain). Top with tonic water and garnish with a lime wedge and fresh jalapeño slices.

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Next Door by Josie, 2420 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 581-4201; http://www.nextdoorbyjosie.com.

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Jessica Gelt

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