The Cuj

Jon Mullen, Maracuja | Brooklyn, NY

The Cuj serves as the name of this bright, bittersweet take on a frozen Margarita as well as a nickname of the bar itself, Maracuja. Co-owner Erik Blambeck (he and his business partner, musician Kelly Winrich, took over the bar from its previous owners in March 2020) asked his friend Jon Mullen, a bartender and proprietor of the drink-delivery service Quarantine Cocktail Club, to do a take-over one night to show off his drinks and asked him to whip up a featured drink on the fly to throw into the frozen-drink machine and this passion fruit-spiked cooler is the most popular cocktail, second only to a beer-and-shot combo.

Ingredients

Serving: 1

  • 1 ounce blanco tequila
  • 3/4 ounce Aperol
  • 1/4 ounce Suze
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce passion fruit juice
  • 3/4 ounce fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup ice

Garnish: Tajín

Directions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until cold and smooth.
  2. Pour into a chilled highball glass.
  3. Garnish with a dusting of Tajín over the surface of the drink.