National Margarita Day

February 22, 2014

There are many ways to enjoy this drink, including without alcohol. Charles Joly, Founder of Crafthouse Cocktails & Beverage Director of The Aviary, won the International Tequila Competition in Mexico in 2010. He came into our ABC 7 Eyewitness News studio to show us a few variations of this cocktail.

Charles' Recipes:

Classic Margarita
2 oz 100% Agave blanco tequila
1oz fresh squeezed lime juice
1/2 oz orange curacao
1/4 oz agave nectar

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail tin, add ice, shake and strain over rocks or into cocktail glass.

Eve's Answer
(created by Charles Joly- this is the cocktail that won the 2010 margarita competition)
1 ½ oz Reposado Tequila
½ oz spiced raisin syrup* (see below)
1 oz rich apple cider
¾ oz fresh lemon juice
mezcal float- optional, but recommended …highly recommended

Combine tequila, raisin syrup, cider and lemon juice in mixing glass.
Add ice, shake well and strain into rocks glass.
Float mezcal over top of cocktail.
Dust with cinnamon and garnish with remaining stick.

Note: Ceylon cinnamon is preferable; however, cassia (common cinnamon) is just fine in a pinch.

*Raisin Syrup:
Heat 24oz white grape juice until warm.
Combine with 24oz sugar and stir until dissolved.
Steep 5 cinnamon sticks, 6 cloves, 3 star anise and a scrape of nutmeg for 30 minutes.
Let cool, strain and refrigerate for use.

Non-Alcoholic Margarita #1
2 oz apple cider
1 oz lime juice
3/4 oz agave nectar

Combine in a cocktail tin, add ice and gently shake.
Pour over ice our "up" into a cocktail glass.

Non-Alcoholic Margarita #2
2oz pear nectar
1oz fresh lime juice
1oz agave nectar (2:1, agave:water)

Shake over ice and strain into cocktail glass.

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