Margarita Recipes from Mexico

The Classic

From Mexico’s best bartender, Fatima León. From Grub Street article.

15 ml. orange liqueur (preferably Cointreau)
15 ml. fresh lime juice
50 ml. tequila

In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients and shake with ice for 30 seconds. Strain the drink into a glass with half of the rim salted. Add a slice of lime for garnish if you’d like.

A Spin on the Classic

The Cabo Green Margarita is from Esperanza, an Auberge Resorts Collection resort in Los Cabos.

2 oz. silver tequila (100% blue agave)
1 oz. pineapple juice
4 cucumber slices
7 fresh cilantro leaves
½ oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice
½ oz. agave or simple syrup
1½ cucumber slices, for garnish

Muddle cucumber slices, cilantro leaves, and tequila in a cocktail shaker and strain into a separate glass. Rinse shaker. Add the infused tequila, pineapple and lime juices, and agave to the shaker, fill with ice and shake ten seconds. Serve in a salt-rimmed margarita or whisky glass and garnish with cucumbers.

For the Brunch Crowd

This avocado-centric take on the classic margarita from Los Cabos’ One & Only Palmilla also features a splash of antioxidant-rich spinach juice.

2 oz. Tequila Casa Dragones
1 oz. Cointreau
½ agave syrup
¾ lemon juice
2 ½ oz. spinach juice
A pinch of salt and pepper

Puree five spinach leaves in seven tablespoons of water in a blender. Add all ingredients to a shaker, fill with ice, and shake for 20 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.

For the Very Dedicated

Ojai Valley Inn‘s signature margarita is made with pixie tangerines, an only-in-Ojai hybrid that blooms every spring. (In a pinch, substitute with your own tangerine juice.)

1½ oz. Codigo Blanco Tequila
1 oz. Cointreau
2 oz. fresh-squeezed Pixie tangerine juice
½ oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
½ oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice
Lime and tangerine wedges for garnish

Add all ingredients to a shaker full of ice. Shake vigorously. Wipe the rim of a rocks glass with a Pixie tangerine wedge, dip the glass into kosher salt, then fill with ice. Then strain cocktail into the glass and garnish with lime and tangerine wedges.

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