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The Evolution of Margarita

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Altos Tequila Margarita Glasses

We all know we don’t really know the origin of the margarita. See Where Did The Margarita Come From?  for more on that, but one thing we can all be sure about, is that this iconic drink has come a long way from being a cocktail synonym of beach holidays to a bartending classic in its own right. The key flavors come from tequila and lime juice, but many tequila lovers around the world have done their share in really making the margarita evolve into something new, ranging from sweet and herbal to spicy, inspired by one of Mexico’s favorite foods; the chile (spicy pepper). 

 

These days, the lime juice and tequila recipes have become only a starting point of inspiration for many bartenders and tequila lovers around the world. @MinimalistBaker (minimalistbaker.com) has spiced things up, adding sweet and tangy flavors to the beloved classic.

MANGO CHILI MARGARITA

MANGO CHILI MARGARITA

Ingredients:

  • Ripe cubed mango 1 cup
  • Orange Juicie 1 cup
  • Lime Juice 1 ounce
  • Altos Tequila 2.5 - 3 ounces
  • Triple Sec 1 ounce
  • Hot Sauce A dash
  • Agave Syrup 1-3 tablespoons
  • Salt For the rim
  • Chili Powder For the rim

Directions:

Mix all margarita ingredients in a blender. Add ice and shake vigorously. Rim serving glasses with lime and dip in salt and chili powder. Serve and garnish.

While some go for even more citric and spicy additions, some intensify a well-known Margarita trait: its freshness. That is exactly what Gina Matsoukas from Runningtothekitchen.com did, taking her margarita to a spicy fresh territory adding cucumber and chile serrano infused tequila.

Serrano Cucumber Margarita

Serrano Cucumber Margarita

Ingredients:

  • Infused tequila 4 parts
  • Altos Tequila Plata 2 parts
  • Serrano Pepper 1 sliced into thin rings
  • Large Cucumber 1/2
  • Lime Juice 3 parts
  • Agave Nectar 1/3 part
  • Triple sec 1/2 part
  • Handful Ice cubes 1
  • Crushed ice
  • Sea salt or Hawaiian black lava salt

Directions:

For the serrano-infused tequila: Combine the tequila and serrano pepper slices in a jar and cover tightly with a lid. Let sit for at least 24 hours at room temperature. Strain to remove the pepper slices and seeds and reserve the tequila. For the margarita: Add pepper, cucumber, lime juice and agave to a cocktail shaker and muddle. Add the tequilas and triple sec.

Margaritas are not necessarily sweet, but if that’s your thing a whole new world of possibilities opens up, as in Rebeca Hubbell’s from sugarandsoul.co, Fresh Blueberry Margarita. She plays with the complex acidity of fresh blueberries and aging texture; a fine addition to the citric flavor.

Fresh Blueberry Margarita

Fresh Blueberry Margarita

Ingredients:

  • Fresh blueberries 1 Pint
  • Altos Tequila 1/2 part
  • Fresh Lime Juice 1/4 part
  • Agave syrup 1/4 part
  • Orange liqueur 1/8 part
  • Sugar or salt For rim
  • Ice cubes A handful
  • Lime wedges For garnish

Directions:

Add blueberries, tequila, lime juice, agave, and orange liqueur to a blender and pulse until berries are fully blended. Line the rim of the glasses with sugar or salt, fill half way with ice cubes, and pour the margarita blend over the ice.

Herbal flavors are present in tequilas like Altos Plata, which opens the door for teas and infusions in cocktail form, like in the Jasmine Tea Margarita. These flavors add complexity without compromising the characteristic margarita flavor.  Check out a video here.

Jasmine Tea Margarita

Jasmine Tea Margarita

Ingredients:

  • Altos Plata 2 parts
  • Lime juice 1 part
  • Agave syrup 2 spoons
  • Chilled Jasmine Tea 2 1/2 parts

Directions:

Build all ingredients in a Jam Jar glass over ice and stir. Garnish with a lime twist and a Jasmine Flower. 

If there is an iconic Mexican infusion it would be hibiscus, or Jamaica in Spanish. Any good taquería (taco place) will serve ice cold agua de jamaica (hibiscus cold tea). The Altos Hibiscus Margarita takes the tradition a step further with a sweet innovation to the classic margarita. Check out a video here.

Altos Hibiscus Margarita

Altos Hibiscus Margarita

Ingredients:

  • Altos Plata 2 parts
  • Fresh Lime Juice 1 part
  • Hibiscus syrup 2 spoons

Directions:

In a shaker add all ingredients with ice. Double strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a caramel chili.

But if after seeing all of these new trends you are still craving for the one and only classic margarita, do not worry, we’ve got you. And certainly, we are always in for a classic. Check out a video here

Altos Margarita

Altos Margarita

Ingredients:

  • Altos Plata 2 parts
  • Triple sec 1 part
  • Fresh Lime juice 1 part

Directions:

Add all ingredients into a shaker wih ice, and thn serve in any type of tumbler glass frosted with salt.

No margarita is ever the same, and that is true now more than ever. So many more recipes were left out! Keep coming back to Field Notes, because the evolution of margarita is far from over.

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