National Margarita Day – 3 Perfect Recipes

Today is National Margarita Day and we thought we would celebrate it with three very different recipes from Cuervo Tradicional.

Jose Cuervo’s tequila expert, Oli Pergle, has created his own interpretation of the classis Margarita, with a new recipe that can easily be put together in less than a minute in the comfort of your own home so that you can toast National Margarita Day.

Jose Cuervo, which is the leading tequila brand here in the UK, has also worked together with two renowned bartenders to create the ultimate Margarita recipes, which are again, very straightforward and easy to make at home.  But first, let’s take a look at Oli’s recipe.

Oli Pergl’s Perfect Margarita

Oli Pergl’s Perfect Margarita

Oli believes that there is nothing better than a classic Margarita and that it should be easy to make at home with the right balance between sweet and sour.  The ingredients you will need are:

-50ml Cuervo Tradicional Silver

-20ml Orange Liqueur such as Cointreau

-30ml Fresh Lime Juice

-1 pinch of Sea Salt flakes (for rim garnish).

The first thing to do is rub a lime wedge around half of the glass and roll into a small pile of Sea Salt.  Tap the glass to get rid of any excess salt.  Next, take your cocktail shaker and add all the above ingredients.  Then fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 7-10 seconds.  Open the shaker and pour the contents into the glass, garnishing it with lime.  You can use a little tea-strainer if you like, to get rid of any small ice crystals as you pour it into the glass to add that professional touch!

Cuervo has also teamed up with Carlos Londono of Café Pacifico and two time winner of the best Margarita in London at the 2017 and 2018 Matgarita Rumble competitions and Sofiane Barthélémy from the Lanesborough Hotel, to create two different recipes that are also relatively quick and simple to make at home and aimed at those of you who prefer their Margarita with a twist.

Carlos Londono’s Pomegranate and Mint Margarita

Carlos Londono’s Pomegranate and Mint Margarita

“13 years ago, a close friend of mine travelled to India and introduced me to pomegranates”, says Carlos Londono, “He brought them back to London and showed me how delicious and juicy they could be.  Since then we have been juicing pomegranates in our restaurant and haven’t been able to stop.  The popularity and trend of using pomegranate in cocktails has never ceased and we use it in everything we can, including our cooking. The addition of mint also brings a beautiful bouquet to the cocktail and adds vibrancy to my rendition of a favourite tipple.”

The ingredients you will need are:

-40ml Cuervo Tradicional Silver

-30ml Fresh Lime Juice

-20ml Pomegranate Juice (or a quarter of a fresh


-20ml Orange Liqueur

-7.5ml Agave Nectar / Syrup

-5 Mint Leaves

Add all these ingredients into a cocktail shaker and fill it up to the top with ice and then shake it for 10 seconds.  Fine strain the contents over cubed ice to remove the smaller bits of mint and garnish it with pomegranate seeds and a sprig of mint.  It should be fairly easy to find Agave Nectar/Syrup in the Honey and Jam section of the larger supermarkets and it acts as a more vegan-friendly sweetener.

Sofiane Barthélémy’s Grapefruit and Honey Margarita

Sofiane Barthélémy’s Grapefruit and Honey Margarita

“When I make Margaritas at home”, says Sofiane Barthélémy, “I usually do a frozen-style version as it’s quicker and easier to share.  Most of the time I loosely follow the ‘Tommy’s Margarita’ recipe but I don’t use sugar.  Honey is really great instead as it’s so rich and readily available.  Feel free to experiment with other ingredients like grapefruit to help jazz it up too!”

The ingredients you will need for Sofiane’s Margarita are:

-50ml Cuervo Tradicional Silver

-15ml Fresh Lime Juice

-20ml Fresh Grapefruit Juice

-1 tablespoon of Honey

Add all the ingredients into a blender and stir so as to dissolve the honey.  Then add the same amount of ice to liquid ratio and blitz it in 3 second intervals so as to avoid over-blending and get the right consistency.  When ready, pour the contents into a glass and add a thin grapefruit wheel slice for that final professional touch and voila!

However you like your Margarita, we hope that you find these three new recipes inspirational and that you enjoy National Margarita Day.

Author Bio:

Simon Burrell is Editor-in-Chief of Our Man On The Ground, a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.

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