A margarita is a cocktail that reminds us of tropical vacations, a warm salty breeze, sand between our toes, and a whole lot of dancing. Today, on February 22 we celebrate this beloved tipple for International Margarita Day!
This classic cocktail is tequila-based and typically contains fresh lime juice and orange liqueur. The traditional versions are either served straight up with salt on the rim, or on the rocks depending on your preference–some even like it blending with ice, in a slush-like texture.
While its origin story is murky, this tipple has definitely been tried and tested. Over the years the drink has been re-interpreted and tinkered with by many a bartender, in pretty much every country in the world. Some infuse the cocktail with notable local flavours, and other mixologists tack their own unique signature.
Here, we have asked some top bartenders in the region for their recipes of non-traditional Margaritas that you can create at home to make happy hour extra exciting and enticing! Go ahead, give these a try and impress your friends:
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Jay Khan - Hong Kong
Founder of COA (Asia's Best Bar 2021)
40ml Tequila blanco (100% agave)
20ml Verdita juice
20ml Freshly pressed lime juice
1 teaspoon agave nectar
Verdita juice recipe
1 litre fresh pineapple juice
A bunch of cilantro
A bunch of mint
Juice of one lime
2 jalapeño (remove seeds if you want it to be less spicy)
Add a pinch of salt
(If refrigerated it could last for a few days)
Add all ingredients over ice into a cocktail shaker. Shake until the drink is cold and frothy. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a nasturtium flower (or any edible seasonal flower).
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