The Art of the Margarita
Written by Savidge Kitchen
There’s an art to mixing drinks… measuring tools are your brushes, liquids are your paints. The glass you choose becomes your canvas, and inspiration can be found anywhere. Masters created the classics, and as we recreate these cocktails we sometimes make our own brush strokes… a different choice of bitters, a different style liquor, a little experimentation and the art continues to flourish.
It’s hard to find a cocktail that’s had more brush strokes than the Margarita. It’s origins can’t seem to be pinned down. It has both evolved and devolved over the years, in some places reaching high-art, and in others becoming an oversized lip-puckering dare. In its most basic form, a margarita includes tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice. Traditionally, a rim of salt or sugar adds to the experience. Once balance is struck between those ingredients, there is no end to the possibilities for variation.
Tequila- Reposado? Blanco? Anejo? The choice will dramatically change the foundation of your cocktail. Reposado will add rich depth, whereas blanco will heighten brightness. The sweetness and flavor profile of your cocktail can be controlled with whatever secondary spirit you choose. Orange Liqueurs are a world unto themselves, but what if you experimented with vanilla or ginger liqueurs instead? Lime juice offers the opportunity to play also- acidity is the key, but replacing it or blending with other juices can spin your margarita from a classic into a decadent new treat.
There are no rules when it comes to art, or cocktails… grab your favorite spirits, find your favorite flavors, and let your creativity lead the way!
- 60 ml Reposado Tequila
- 60 ml Licor 43 or Vanilla Liqueur
- 60 ml Coconut Cream (unsweetened)
- 15 ml Lime Juice
- Combine ingredients in shaker
- Shake over ice for 30 seconds
- Strain into a coupe or margarita glass
- Garnish with a toasted shredded coconut & dehydrated lime wheel