Monday, February 20, 2012

Cocktail of the Week: Mescal Margarita

We all have our margarita tricks.  Sticky sweet sweet-and-sour mix.  Limeade.  Light beer and Diet Sprite.  (That last one is my sister-in-law, I swear.)

But I loved running across this one in a book entitled Antojitos. Buy it already if you don't have it. Lots of yummy recipes.  Including this one for a perfect margarita made even perfecter (Is that a word?) by the addition of smoky mescal.

Zihua Margarita
Makes one cocktail.

1 1/2 slices lime
2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 ounces sour mix (recipe below)
2 ounces tequila (preferably reposado)
2 tablespoons Cointreau or triple sec
1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed orange juice
1 tablespoon mescal

Rub the rim of a cocktail glass with the lime and dip into the salt. ( know what to do.)

In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine the remaining ingredients and shake. 

Strain into the prepared cocktail glass and enjoy.

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