For our first trip we are starting you off by focusing on America’s south west corner for this classic American road trip with a twist. Starting in Denver and finishing in Austin, Texas, you will travel via some fascinating scenery in Colorado and Big Bend National Park, Texas plus making time for some quirky stop offs in Taos, Roswell and Marfa as well as encompassing the highlights of the vibrant cities of Santa Fe and Austin.
- 1½ ounces Reposado tequila
- ¾ ounce St. Germain elderflower liqueur
- 5 squeezes lavender simple syrup*
- lime juice
- lime wheel or wedge, for garnish (optional)
Combine first 4 ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a salt-rimmed glass filled with ice and garnish with lime wheel or wedge.
Lavender Simple Syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup dried culinary lavender
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Let simmer for 1 minute, then remove pan from heat and allow mixture to steep for about 30 minutes. Pour liquid through a fine-mesh strainer into a glass jar (no lavender should remain in the syrup) and refrigerate until you wish to use.
Breaking Bad – Netflix ; this spanned 5 seasons in the noughties and tells the tale of teacher turned meth-dealer Walter White; a deserved classic this also showcases the stunning vistas of New Mexico to searing effect.
Boyhood – Netfix; shot over 12 years by director Richard Linklater this has been described as a ‘love letter to Texas’ and features several scenes in Big Bend National Park, Texas.
Friday Night Lights – Amazon Prime; partly filmed in Austin this depicts a fictional small Texas town. Ostensibly a high school football team drama; it is also by turns family soap opera, sports thriller and a clear-eyed examination of the American dream.