Witchcraft Cocktails: Tequila For Wicked Margaritas

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Cinco de Mayo is a day filled with margaritas and a whole lot of good Mexican grub. While margaritas are a big deal on the day, they should be a cocktail of choice all the time especially during the spring and summer.

It’s one of my go to drinks after a long day or when I want to relax. I always have Tequila in the house and the essentials to make what I think of as “my house margarita”. Find yourself a good affordable Tequila to always have in your home bar. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a good Tequila. The two that I recommend are Lunazul Blanco ($20) and Tres Agaves Blanco ($27) .

Lunazul Blanco is unaged so you get all of the agave flavor on the palate. It’s pretty smooth and has a balanced finish. As for Tres Agaves, it’s estate grown and organic with notes of pear and citrus. It’s also unaged.

When you want to get a little fancy with cocktails or want a sipping Tequila, go with Olmeca Altos Reposado. It’s aged 8-10 months in bourbon barrels and notes of vanilla and wood. This Tequila is fabulous for an elegant finish on a cocktail.

The following are two of my margarita recipes that I conjure up when the margarita mood hits.

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This is my go to margarita. I love a rita with Cointreau, it adds a nice pop on the palate. The ingredients are easy to find and have stocked so that you can make anytime. If you don’t have time to squeeze limes, I recommend Italian lime juice that’s available at most grocery stores.

The House Bar Margarita

Ingredients:

1 ½  oz. Tres Agaves Blanco Tequila

1 oz. Triple-Sec (recommend: Cointreau)

1 oz. Fresh lime juice

1/2 oz. Simple syrup

Sea Salt (optional)

Directions:

1. Salt the rim of a chilled glass.

2. Add all of the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake it so that the flavors swirl together, then strain into a chilled glass. Now get to sippin’.

 

Frida Kahlo is my favorite artist. I discovered her when I was in college in New Mexico and she became my spirit animal. Kahlo loved Tequila and she drank it right from the bottle. Since she was a woman of many layers, I created a margarita recipe that would embody her essence in a glass. When I think of Frida, I had to go with a reposado and Olmeca Altos hits the mark. The dash of Henny Black is for a floral touch on the cocktail, it also brings out more of the Grand Marnier.

La Vida Frida

1 ½  oz. Olmeca Altos Reposado Tequila

1 oz. Grand Marnier

1 oz. Fresh lime juice

½  Simple syrup

Dash of Hennessy Black

Sea salt

Directions:

1. Salt the rim of a chilled coupe glass.

2. Combine the tequila, lime juice, simple syrup, and Grand Marnier in a shaker filled with ice. Shake it so everything becomes on happy family, then strain into the chilled coupe glass. Add a dash of Hennessy Black on top. Feel the spirit of Frida come through.



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