Buena Fortuna

Sean Beck | Houston

“What more can you hope for at the end of the year or looking ahead to the start of a new year than good fortune?” asks Sean Beck, who turns to pomegranate, an ingredient long tied to good luck, in a cocktail he calls the Buena Fortuna. “It just screams Mexico to me. I love the tartness, the texture and that beautiful natural color.” He incorporates fresh pomegranate in a syrup flavored with piloncillo, the unrefined pure cane sugar that’s a popular sweetener in Mexico, adding body without overpowering the tequila. “El Tesoro™ Single Barrel Tequila is one of the few [aged] tequilas that is judicious with oak where the herbal and attractive green qualities still come through,” says Beck.


Serving: 1

  • 1 part El Tesoro™ Single Barrel Tequila
  • 1/2 part apple brandy
  • 1/3 part lemon juice
  • 1/3 part lime juice
  • 2/3 part Pomegranate-Piloncillo Syrup (see Editor's Note)
  • freshly grated ginger

Garnish: Pomegranate seeds, dried apple slice

  1. Combine the El Tesoro™ Single Barrel Tequila, brandy, lemon juice, lime juice and Pomegranate-Piloncillo Syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Zest a touch of fresh ginger into the shaker, and shake until chilled.
  3. Double-strain into a chilled double Old-Fashioned glass over a large ice cube.
  4. Garnish with a dried apple slice and a few pomegranate seeds.
Editor's Note

Pomegranate-Piloncillo Syrup
1 pomegranate, juiced (or 4 ounces bottled pomegranate juice)
2 ounces Piloncillo Syrup (recipe below)

Combine the pomegranate juice with the Piloncillo Syrup and stir to combine. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Piloncillo Syrup
2 3-inch piloncillo cones, roughly chopped
1 1/2 cups water
1 cinnamon stick

In a heavy bottomed pan, add the piloncillo cones and the water and bring to a boil. Once at a rolling boil, reduce heat and simmer for five minutes until the piloncillo is completely dissolved. Add the cinnamon stick. Remove from the heat and let cool. Strain into a container with a sealable lid and refrigerate.