Today is National Margarita Day and so we thought we would take the opportunity to celebrate this classic cocktail and the fact that Spring is just around the corner, with three different cocktails you can easily prepare at home.
Perhaps it was due to the lockdowns, but last year apparently the Margarita was one of the UK’s most Googled cocktails in 2020, coming in fifth.
So, let’s shake up Mexico’s classic tequila sour serve at home with these three unique recipes to get us ready for those longer and lighter days.
First off, with better weather on the horizon, let’s start with a taste of the tropics and a Cazcabel Tequila Honey Pineapple Margarita.
You will need 30ml Cazcabel Honey, 20ml Cazcabel Blanco, 25ml lime juice, 25ml pineapple juice, 5ml Agave syrup, a pineapple leaf and some orange peel.
Shake all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with some ice and then strain into a rocks glass with ice and garnish with a pineapple leaf and an orange peel twist for the perfect refreshing cocktail.
With a fresh, earthy and dry Blanco at its heart, Cazcabel Honey adds sweet nectar to the blend. The honey used in Cazcabel Honey is made with Yucàtan honey which comes from the fields of Yucàtan in Mexico.
Our second cocktail is the Storywood Tequila Speyside 7 Tommy’s Margarita for which you will need 50ml Speyside 7 Reposado, 25ml lime juice and 15ml Agave syrup.
Shake all ingredients with some ice in a cocktail shaker, then fine strain the contents into a rocks glass over cubed ice and garnish with a wedge of lime.
Raised over seven months in single malt Speyside Scotch whisky casks, Storywood Speyside 7 Reposado is a tantalisingly two-sided tequila. Think caramel, it is subtly oaky with hints of vanilla and honey on an earthy, lowland agave base and retails at £38.95 for 70cl (ABV 40%) and is available from Amazon, Master of Malt and Proof Drinks.
Our third cocktail is an alcohol free spicy FLUÈRE Juan in a Million for which you will need a muddled quarter of a red chilli, 15 ml fresh lime juice, 85 ml fresh yellow bell pepper juice, 25 ml Fluère Smoked Agave, 15 ml Fluère Original, 5 ml Agave syrup and a pinch of salt.
Cut the chilli in small parts and muddle in a cocktail shaker, then add all other ingredients and fill the shaker to the top with ice. Shake and fine strain into a rocks glass with ice and garnish with a fresh chilli pepper and a long slice of cucumber for the perfect cocktail.
You will find that FLUÈRE Smoked Agave has smoke and honey on the nose with fresh notes of pear. On the palate there is the characteristic vegetal sweetness of agave with some bitter overtones and a hint of black pepper. The flavours develop into eucalyptus and mint, for a long, clean finish.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.
Photographs courtesy of Cazcabel Tequila, Storywood Tequila and Fluère Drinks