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Every Day Is Margarita Day in San Antonio

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This beauty may not look like a margarita, but it is, a Spicy Sangre Orange Margarita.

This beauty may not look like a margarita, but it is, a Spicy Sangre Orange Margarita.

In the calendar year, Feb. 22 may not be as important as Christmas or the Fourth of July. But it is National Margarita Day, and to many San Antonians, that’s something worth celebrating.

The Men Without Women Margarita at Arcade Midtown Kitchen.

The Men Without Women Margarita at Arcade Midtown Kitchen.

We love our margaritas. But what is a margarita any more? You can make one with just about anything you have handy, as long as you remember the tequila.

And that’s fine, because everybody’s tastes can be accommodated, all in the name of the fiestas, large and small, that we treasure.

Here are some ideas to get you started. The first few come from restaurants in the Pearl Brewery complex, and they show the range that a margarita can have.

Arcade Midtown Kitchen’s playfully named Men Without Women Margarita has plenty of flavor from the addition of maraschino and Fernet Branca, while Blue Box’s mixologists have added dry sherry to their mix. La Gloria adds fresh mango and cantaloupe for a fruity, refreshing blend. NAO at the Culinary Institute of America has perhaps the most traditional of all of the recipes included, in that it limits its ingredients to tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice.

If you’d rather not make your own, check out any number of margarita specials you’ll find across the city. Everywhere from the Fruteria on South Flores to Cibolo Moon at JW Marriott Resort, from Z’Tejas in the Shops at La Cantera to Two Step on Northwest Loop 1604, you’ll find some refreshing margarita specials to mark the occasion.

Arcade Midtown Kitchen’s Men Without Women Margarita

1 1/2 ounces mescal (Fidencio Classico)
1/2 ounce tequila (Dulce Vida Reposado)
1/2 ounce maraschino (Luxardo)
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce honey syrup (2:1 mix)
1 egg yolk
1/8 ounce Fernet Branca
Lime wheel, for garnish

Combine mescal, tequila, maraschino, lime juice, honey syrup and egg yolk together. Shake. Then add ice. Strain into coupe glass. Float Fernet Branca on top. Garnish with lime wheel.

Makes 1 cocktail.

From Arcade Midtown Kitchen

Blue Box's Tequila Afficionado's Dry Margarita

Blue Box’s Tequila Afficionado’s Dry Margarita

Blue Box’s Tequila Afficionado’s Dry Margarita

1 ¾ ounces IXA Tequila
¼ ounce Fruitlab Orange
1/8 ounce amaretto
¼ ounce lime juice
¼ ounce fino dry sherry
Orange peel
Lime peel
Lemon peel

Pour tequila, Fruitlab Orange, amaretto, lime juice and sherry in a mixing glass. Add orange peel, lime peel and lemon peel. Fill with ice and stir for at least 30 seconds, perhaps longer.

Makes 1 cocktail.

From Blue Box

La Gloria's La Mangonada

La Gloria’s La Mangonada

La Gloria’s La Mangonada

2 ounces Chef’s Single Barrel Herradura Reposado
1 ounce Cointreau
4 ounces fresh mango
5 pieces fresh cantaloupe (diced 1-inch cubes)
1 ounce lime juice
2 ounces simple syrup
4 ounces ice

Add tequila, Cointreau, mango, cantaloupe, lime juice, syrup and ice to blender; purée till smooth. Rim glass with Trecha’s chile powder and present with hot Mexican candy straw.

Makes 1 cocktail.

From La Gloria Ice House

The NAO Margarita.

The NAO Margarita.

NAO Margarita

1 1/2 ounces Tapatio Blanco Tequila
1 ounce Combier Orange liqueur
3/4 ounce lime juice

Mix tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice. Serve on the rocks.

Makes 1 cocktail.

From NAO

The Partida Margarita

1 ½ ounces Partida Tequila (Blanco or Reposado)
1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice (the juice of 1 whole lime)
¾ ounces Partida Agave Nectar, or to taste
¾ ounces pure water

Shake tequila, lime juice, agave nectar and water with ice in standard bar shaker.

Taste. Add additional lime juice if you prefer more tartness; add more agave nectar for more sweetness.

Serve in glass on rocks. No garnish, no salt.

Makes 1 cocktail.

From Partida Tequila

Thai Basil Margarita

Thai Basil Cucumber Margarita

Thai Basil Cucumber Margarita

Fill a glass with ice, then add:

2 leaves Thai basil, plus more for garnish
2 slices cucumber, plus more for garnish
2 ounces agave nectar or simple syrup
Juice of 2 limes
1 1/2 to 2 ounces silver tequila, such as Peligroso
Splash of ginger ale
Black pepper

Combine Thai basil and two slices of cucumber in a shaker and muddle with the agave nectar or simple syrup. Add the fresh lime juice and tequila with crystal clear ice. Shake vigorously and pour over the rocks. Finish with a splash of ginger ale. Garnish with a cucumber slice on the side with a sprig of basil. Throw just a small pinch of black pepper on top.

Makes 1 cocktail.

From Peligroso Silver Tequila

Spicy Sangre Orange Margarita

2 slices jalapeño or serrano
2 ounces silver tequila, such as Peligroso
4 ounces blood orange juice
1 ounce orange liqueur, such as Cointreau or triple sec
Freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 lime

Muddle jalapeño or serrano with silver tequila in a shaker.

Add ice and blood orange juice (or other juices, such as tangerine or mango), orange liqueur and lime juice.

Shake well and serve on the rocks in a tumbler.

Makes 1 cocktail.

From Peligroso Silver Tequila

 

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