3 Margaritas To Rock Your Palate

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When I was growing up in Texas, Mexican food and Tex-Mex was a big deal, it still is. It wasn’t until I left Texas that I discovered how much these foods had influenced my life.

Sipping on big margaritas was my jam, thanks to Chevy’s. I don’t remember the first I had a margarita, but I’ll never forget the first time tequila blew my mind. I was living in San Francisco and my friend, Andrea, invited me over for a party. A lively group of Mexicans were standing in the kitchen passing around a bottle of tequila. They promised me that I hadn’t tasted anything like it. The tequila was only available in Mexico and someone had sneaked it into to the US in their luggage. I unfortunately can’t remember the brand, but I’ll never forget the experience or taste. That night completely changed how I select tequila for margaritas.

Nobody knows for sure who invented the margarita. Several people have tried to take credit for conjuring up the cocktail. There are several tales that the drink is named after beautiful women, but it’s also been said that it’s a Spanish version of The Daisy, a well-known classic cocktail from the 19th century. In fact, margarita means daisy in English. Cheers to whoever and however the margarita was created. It’s one of the most popular drinks around.

There are an array of margaritas to try from a classic to something a little more exotic or sexy. A few bartenders founded February 22nd as “National Margarita Day”, though I’m down for margaritas any ‘ole time. Who isn’t?

The following tequilas can be used to make a fabuolus margarita or two, or…

 

Photo courtesy of Casa Noble

Casa Noble is a 100% blue agave hand-crafted tequila made in small batches. It’s certified organic and made from estate-grown agave. Their Crystal Blanco and Reposado are both really smooth.

The Noble Rita is a standard margarita recipe. If you want, skip the agave nectar and add Cointreau instead, because triple-sec in margaritas adds just the right kick.

Noble Rita

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Casa Noble Crystal Tequila

  • 1 oz. Agave nectar

  • 1 oz. lime juice

  • Lime wedge

Directions:

Place ingredients, except lime wedge into shaker with ice. Shake until chilled.

Photo courtesy of Tequila Herradura

How I love Tequila Herradura. They have been producing tequila since 1870. A lot of love goes into their tequila. They would rather stay small to keep their quality versus try to compete everyone in the tequila game.

This version of the margarita is rather caliente due to the addition of the Chambord.

Herradura Silver Eclipse Margarita

Ingredients:

  • 1oz Lime Juice

  • 1tbsp Salt

  • 1oz Chambord

  • .5oz Blackberries

  • 2oz Herradura Silver Tequila

  • .5oz Agave syrup

Directions:

Muddle blackberries. Rim a rock glass with Black Sea Salt.  Pour ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake vigorously and strain over fresh ice and garnish.

 

Photo courtesy of Tres Agaves

Tres Agaves wasn’t even on my radar, but I’m glad it is now. They are a family owned distillery in the Tequila Valley region of Jalisco, Mexico. The Tres Agaves Blanco was first released in 2010. It’s smooth, light, and makes a good cocktail.   

The Mandarina Rosa is a margarita that was created by Jakob Hostetter, Beverage Director at Cantina 1838, NYC.

The Mandarina Rosa

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Tres Agaves Blanco Tequila

  • 2 part Fresh Squeezed Tangerine Juice

  • 1 part Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

Directions:

Rim glass with pink sea salt. Shake all ingredients together; double strain and serve straight-up in a martini or coupe glass. Garnish with tangerine twist.

 

 

 

 



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