If one tv show summed up my preadolescent life, it would be Clarissa Explains It All. God I loved that show. I could probably attribute it to making me evenÂ more of a quirky kid; the clothes, the chili pepper lights around the window, a boy for a best friend,Â the “I don’t care about fitting in” messages. Clarissa was a strong willed, independent female that, myself being the eldest sister in theÂ family, I could look up to for inspiration.
Ok Elana but what does this story have to do with Margaritas?
Well, everything. Ok, well notÂ everything but that quirky spirit instilled in me at that young age still abounds and often finds its way into my life in all sorts of ways. Maybe you’ve noticed on this site that I get a little quirky from time to time? Today we’re getting a little quirky with some margaritas and a tube of harissa paste.
There is nothing wrong with theÂ classic margarita. I love them. I love that there is a day devoted to them, even if it falls in February (?!). But I get bored of the same old same old and I never can leave good enough alone. I am always on the lookout for my #PerfectMargarita.
I’ve always been a big fan of having a little savory along with my sweet, and PatrÃ³n’s Silver tequila is a lovely baseÂ for doing just that. PatrÃ³n Silver has a slightly citrus and peppery flavor profile that is smooth enough to mix into a great tasting margarita. Â My sweet element comes from ripe Champagne mangoes. Their juicy nectar cuts down on added sweetener but also gives a subtle tart bite that some freshly squeezed lime juice highlights. I’ve finished this off today with a touch of chili salt to remind the palate that they’re in for some SPICE before they even taste the first sip.
Ready to get quirky? Let’s get mixing.
2 ouncesÂ PatrÃ³n Silver tequila*
4 1/2″ cubes mango, Champagne variety used here
1/4 barspoon harissa paste (more or less to taste)
1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 ounce simple syrup (1:1 ratio)
chili salt for rim (like TajÃn or similar)
lime peel for garnish
- In the bottom of a shaker tin, muddle the mangoes with the harissa and lime juice until broken down. Add in the tequila and simple syrup and fill the shaker 2/3 with ice. Shake until chilled about 20 seconds. Rim a rocks glass with the chili salt by dipping the edge in lime juice then the salt. Add in a single large ice cube.Â Strain into the rocks glass and garnish with the lime peel.
Right now THIS is my #PerfectMargarita. Tell me all about yours!
And if you’d love to have a few options for Cinco de Mayo this year, check out the winning cocktail from PatrÃ³n’s Margarita of the Year contest. This contest began on National Margarita Day (of course), and featured margaritas made in 7 categories: herbal, spicy, smoky, savory, modern, tropical and classic.
Over 50,000 votes were cast (including a vote from the one and only cocktail historian David Wondrich) and the Rosa Picante Margarita was IT; so youÂ know it’s going to be good. Bartender Jordan Corney from San Antonio, TX was inspired by the classic margarita and the El Diablo, two of his favorite cocktails, and adding the modern component of jalapenÌƒo oil to impart texture and complexity to the drink. And check out this pretty sexy cocktail videoÂ of Jordan making the drink and talking about what inspired him to createÂ it (it makes me want one RIGHT NOW).
Rosa Picante Margarita
Created by Jordan Corney, Bohananâ€™s (San Antonio, TX)
2 oz PatrÃ³n Silver
.5 oz PatrÃ³n CitrÃ³nge Lime
1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
.5 oz ginger syrup
Bar spoon jalapeÃ±o oil
Rose petal sea salt
- Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe that has been half-rimmed with rose sea salt, and top with a dash of rose water. Garnish with a rose petal, if available.
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