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.
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
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)
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
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.