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Salt Or No Salt? Margaritas With A Twist!

margarita ingredients Salt Or No Salt?  Margaritas With A Twist!

The most popular mixed bar drink is the margarita…  yum!

3 0718wine1 Salt Or No Salt?  Margaritas With A Twist! Tim Love’s Jalapeno Cucumber Margarita; Lonesome Dove, Fort Worth, Texas   (Serves 4)

8   1/8-inch slices of jalapeno
8   1/8-inch slices of cucumber
1/4 cup sugar
8 oz. Cointreau or orange juice
10 oz. Milagro Silver tequila
Juice from 2 limes
4   lime wedges
Large ice cubes
Kosher salt

Using a mortar and pestle, grind 4 slices jalepeno, 4 slices cucumber into 1/4 cup sugar. Pour mixture into a shaker. Add tequila, Cointreau and lime juice. Fill shaker with ice and shake heavily. Rub rim of 4 highball glasses with lime wedges and coat with salt. Fill with ice. Give the shaker one more shake and strain contents into each glass. Garnish with jalapeno and cucumber slices.

9 0718wine1 Salt Or No Salt?  Margaritas With A Twist!Tamarind Margarita; Maya Restaurants, NYC, San Francisco, Dubai

1 1/2 oz. Don Julio Blanco tequila

1 oz. tamarind puree (available in most ethnic groceries)

1 1/2 oz. Maya’s house Sour Mix

Shake ingredients over ice and pour into a rocks glass.

2 0718wine1 Salt Or No Salt?  Margaritas With A Twist!Ginger Margarita; Spice Market, NYC

Juice from one lime
1 1/2 oz. Sauza Tres Generaciones añejo tequila
1/2 oz. Cointreau
3/4 oz. ginger-lime simple syrup

Ginger-lime simple syrup: Combine 1 cup peeled and sliced ginger, 1 cup fresh lime juice and 1 cup sugar. Bring all ingredients to a boil, simmer 2 minutes, let cool, then puree in a blender. Strain, and reserve liquid.

For salt rim: Mix together 1 part ginger powder, 2 parts Kosher salt.

Fill shaker with ice, tequila, Cointreau, lime and ginger-lime base. Shake. Pour into a rocks glass. Garnish with lime wedge.

4 0718wine1 Salt Or No Salt?  Margaritas With A Twist!Vanilla Bean Margarita with a Red Chile Salt Rim; Los Dados, NYC (opening in July)

2 oz. Don Julio Blanco tequila

2 oz. fresh lime juice

1 oz. Triple Sec

1 oz. Vanilla Bean simple syrup

Vanilla bean simple syrup: Stir together 4 cups sugar with 2 cups water over medium heat. Scrape seeds from a vanilla bean into pot. Bring to a boil, then let simmer 5 minutes. Cool.

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Wet the rim of a rocks glass with lime wedge and then dip rim into red chile-salt. Garnish with vanilla bean slice.

For the chile-salt rim, mix together 2 oz. Kosher salt with 1 oz .chile de arbol powder (you can also use costeno, ancho or guajillo chiles).

6 0718wine1 Salt Or No Salt?  Margaritas With A Twist!Ginger Reposado Margarita; Bar Americain, NYC

2 oz. Chinaco Reposado

1 oz. fresh lemon juice

3/4 oz. ginger syrup

Pinch of nutmeg/sugar mix (also used for glass rim)

Ginger syrup: Bring 2 cups water and 2 cups sugar to a boil. Add a 2-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced. Simmer 10 minutes, then let steep 4 hours.

Place above ingredients into a cocktail shaker, shake vigorously. Pour in a martini glass with a lime garnish.

For the glass rim: Mix together 1 tablespoon nutmeg with 1/4 cup superfine sugar.

5 0718wine1 Salt Or No Salt?  Margaritas With A Twist!Lemon Herb Cello Margarita; Gordon Ramsay at The London, NYC

1 tbsp. puréed tarragon (you’ll need two bunches)

1oz. lemon-thyme syrup

2 oz. Herradura Blanco tequila

Splash of lemon juice

Splash of lime juice

Lemon-thyme syrup: Simmer equal parts sugar and water (roughly 1 quart each), 2 bunches of fresh thyme and 4 quartered lemons for about 30 minutes. Strain and reserve liquid. Let cool and chill overnight.

Pour tequila, syrup and citrus juice into a shaker. Add ice and a tablespoon of thyme purée. Shake vigorously. Serve in a martini glass and garnish with a lime wheel.

7 0718wine1 Salt Or No Salt?  Margaritas With A Twist!Cactus Pear Margarita; Mesa Grill, NYC

2 oz. Milagro Silver tequila

1 oz. Triple Sec or Cointreau

1 oz. cactus pear syrup (available in stores)

1/2 oz. fresh lime juice

Lime wedge, for garnish

Coarse salt for rim, optional

Combine tequila, Triple Sec, cactus pear juice, lime juice and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake for 10 seconds. Place a few tablespoons of the cactus pear syrup on a small plate. Dip the rim of the glass in the syrup, then dip in salt. Strain the mixture into a rocks glass and garnish with a lime wedge.

10 0718wine1 Salt Or No Salt?  Margaritas With A Twist!Bergamot Margarita; Amalia, NYC

2 1/2 oz. Patron Silver añejo tequila

1/2 oz. Cointreau

1/2 oz. fresh lime juice

1/2 oz. bergamot syrup (sweet bergamot oil mixed with water)

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice; stir vigorously. Rim a martini glass with saffron-citrus salt. Strain drink into glass and garnish with a kumquat (or a lime wedge).

Saffron-citrus salt: 1 tablespoon fennel seeds, 1/2 teaspoon dried orange peel, 1 dried chile de arbol (seeds removed), 1 pinch crushed saffron, 1/4 cup medium-textured sea salt or kosher salt.

Toast the fennel seeds in a dry skillet until fragrant. Use a mortar and pestle or spice grinder to finely grind orange peel and chile. Add fennel; grind until seeds are coarsely ground. Blend fennel mixture with saffron and salt. Store in an airtight container. Makes 1/3 cup.

8 0718wine1 Salt Or No Salt?  Margaritas With A Twist!Hibiscus Rose Margarita; La Esquina, NYC

2 oz. Centenario Blanco tequila

1/2 oz. Triple Sec

1 oz. lime juice

1/2 oz. hibiscus syrup

1/2 tsp. rose water

Combine and shake ingredients. Dip the rim of a wine or margarita glass into a mixture of equal parts salt and sugar. Pour into a wine goblet or margarita glass.

1 0718wine1 Salt Or No Salt?  Margaritas With A Twist!Pineapple & Chile Margarita; BLT Steak, Puerto Rico

2 oz. El Tesoro Platinum tequila

2 oz. fresh pineapple, muddled

1 oz. fresh lime juice

1 oz. chile simple syrup

Chile syrup: Put one quart water, 4 cups sugar and 3 chopped jalapeno peppers in heavy-bottom pan. Let boil for 10 minutes. Let cool, then strain and reserve.

Shake ingredients and pour onto fresh ice. Garnish with lime wheel and pineapple spear or frond.

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