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There’s No Denying It: We Love Our Margaritas

The rest of the county is like San Antonio in one way: Americans, no matter where they’re from, want a margarita when they go out to dinner.

The Boiler House Margarita

That’s accord to Restaurant Hospitality, which reports that, in the past three months, tequila was the most popular drink base for folks when eating out.

That’s why so many people are looking forward to Feb. 22, National Margarita Day. According to pollsters at National Today, here are a few facts about about this tangy cocktail and people’s preferences. According to a survey of 1,000 Americans, conducted Jan. 29,

–1 in 50 Americans own a margarita machine. That’s right: 2 percent of Americans own an electric margarita maker.

–19 percent of Americans say they love margaritas, while only 10 percent are not fans of the citrus-y cocktail.

–Margaritas are more popular with women than men: 20 percent of women say they love margaritas, compared to 15 percent of men who say the same.

–11 percent of Americans like to lick the salt off their margarita glass. Women (12 percent) are slightly bigger fans of licking the salt than men (11 percent). While 8 percent of Americans prefer margaritas on the rocks, 14 percent favor frozen margaritas.

Here are a few variations on the cocktail to show you how versatile the drink can be.

Ostra’s Alta Belleza Margarita

Ostra’s Alta Belleza Margarita

This margarita at Ostra in the Mokara Hotel & Spa is made with the rare Casa Noble Alta Belleza Extra Anejo. It’s so rare that only 10 bottles made it to Texas at a retail price of $2,900 a bottle, and only 19 of these margaritas will be sold at Ostra and its sister restaurant, Las Canarias.

Each is served in a hand-blown glass made by San Antonio’s Garcia Art Glass.

No price was given on the drink. I guess if you have to ask …

1 1/2 ounces Casa Noble Alta Belleza Extra Anejo
1 ounce Grand Mariner 150
1/2 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
1/2 ounce agave nectar
1/4 ounce vanilla sorghum

Mix the ingredients with ice in a shaker.

Pour into a margarita glass rimmed with salt if desired.

Makes 1 cocktail.

From Ostra and Casa Noble Belleza Extra Anejo

Dirty Mextini

Dirty Mextini

3 ounces anejo tequila
1/2 ounce olive brine
1 1/2 ounces fresh lime juice
1 1/2 ounces Cointreau
Splash of orange juice
TwangARita Gold Salt or salt, for rimming glass

Add ice to cocktail shaker.

Add in tequila, olive brine, lime juice, and Cointreau. Shake vigorously for several seconds.

Moisten rim of glass with lime wedge. Turn glass rim a few times in TwangARita Gold Salt.

Strain martini into rimmed glass.

Top with a splash of orange juice. Garnish with olives, lime or orange slice.

Makes 12 cocktail.

From Twang

Burro Borracho

Burro Borracho

TwangARita Paloma Salt, optional
1 ounce grapefruit juice
1 ounce orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier or Triple Sec)
2 ounces tequila
2 ounces ginger beer

Rim a copper cocktail cup with TwangARita Paloma Salt, if desired.

In a shaker filled with ice, add lime juice, grapefruit juice, orange liqueur and tequila. Shake. Pour into cup. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Makes 1 cocktail.

Adapted from Twang


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Spice Up Your Margarita

Treat yourself to a Rosa Picante Margarita.

Treat yourself to a Rosa Picante Margarita.

National Margarita Day makes its annual appearance on Feb. 22, but why wait to try this spicy variation offered by Jordan Corney of Bohanan’s Bar? The kick comes from a touch of jalapeño, making it a real San Antonio treat.

To rim the glass, the recipe calls for rose salt, which may not be in your kitchen at the moment. Rather than buying some, why not make your own? This easy-to-follow idea comes from the Nourish Me website: “Gently pull the petals from 1 large, unsprayed red rose. Wash and dry the petals with care. Using fingers, rub the petals with 2 tblsp of sea salt crystals, keeping things a little chunky. Store in a lidded jar and allow a few days for the flavours to get to know one another. Keeps for at least a couple of weeks at (cool-ish) room temperature.”

Rosa Picante Margarita

2 ounces Patrón Silver tequila
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1/2 ounce ginger syrup
1/2 barspoon jalapeño oil or a fresh jalapeño slice
Dash of rose water

Combine tequila, lime juice, simple syrup, ginger syrup and jalapeño oil or jalapeño slice 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.

 From Jordan Corney/Bohanan’s Bar

Ginger syrup adds a spicy touch.

Ginger syrup adds a spicy touch.

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Thirsty for a Margarita? Try These Twists!

We thank the JW Marriott San Antonio for sending us these (top two) delectable Margarita recipes in time for National Margarita Day, Saturday. But, we’d include tonight, Friday, and maybe Sunday, in the “day” part of that name. Enjoy safely.

For more Margarita pleasures, see this story by John Griffin.

Alameda Margarita

Alameda Margarita


Alameda Margarita Recipe

1 1/2 ounces T1 Tequila Blanco Ultra Fino (or your favorite brand)
1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
2 ounces fresh lime juice
1 ounce agave nectar
1 ounce blood orange nectar
Orange slice (for garnish)

In mixing tin, combine Tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice, agave nectar, and blood orange nectar. Rim margarita glass with salt and fill with ice. Pour mixture over ice using a strainer. Add garnish.

Cibolo Moon Margarita

Cibolo Moon Margarita

Cibolo Moon Margarita

1 1/2 ounces Dulce Vida Reposado tequila (or your favorite)
1/2 ounce Patron Citronage
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce agave nectar

In mixing tin, combine Tequila, Citronage, lime juice and agave nectar.

Rim margarita glass with salt and fill with ice. Pour mixture over ice using a strainer. Add garnish of lime wedge and orange slice.


Camus_rita_picThe French take

Maybe this is sacrilege, but if you have some fancy cognac around, might as well give this “rita” a whirl, too.


2 ounces CAMUS VS  Elegance
1 ounce lime juice
1 ounce orange juice
1 ounce triple sec
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into glass, garnish with slime of lime.

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Gruene Gets Ready to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Margaritas and More

Cantina del Rio's Premium Margarita

Cantina del Rio’s Premium Margarita

Cinco de Mayo is coming up this weekend, and the Gruene Historic District are planning to party.

For the first year ever, the District is joining in on celebrations at Cantina del Rio, 1299 Gruene Road, New Braunfels. On Friday and Saturday, stop by for $3 sangria and margaritas while Mexican beers are priced at $2.50 until 7 p.m. On Sunday, the official Cinco de Mayo, a live mariachi band will perform from 2 to 5 p.m., along with food and drink specials all day long.

Or, if you prefer to drink your own pleasure at home, here are some specialty drinks from restaurants within the district, include the Gristmill Restaurant, Moxie’s and Cantina del Rio.

Cantina del Rio Premium Margarita

1 3/4 ounces Don Julio Blanco Tequila
1/2 ounce Patron Citronage
2 ounces lime juice or margarita mix
Lime slices or orange slices, for garnish

In an ice-filled shaker, add tequila, Patron Citronage and lime juice.  Shake well and pour into a chilled margarita glass (with salt on the rim, if desired) that has fresh ice in it. Garnish with a slice of lime and/or orange.

Makes 1 cocktail.

Adapted from Cantina del Rio

The Gristmill's Famous Frita

The Gristmill’s Famous Frita

Mozie’s Mojito

5 or 6 fresh mint leaves
2 lime wedges
1 1/2 ounces Bacardi Silver Rum
Club soda
Mint sprig, for garnish

Muddle mint and lime together in the bottom of the glass. Add rum and and ice. Stir. Then fill glass with soda and top with mint sprig.

Makes 1 cocktail.

Adapted from Moxie’s

The Gristmill’s Famous Frita

This recipe makes plenty – enough for a party!

2 cups sugar
4 cups hot water
3 cups fresh squeezed lime juice
1 (1-liter) bottle tequila (whichever brand you prefer)
1 cup triple sec
Lime slices

Mix sugar with hot water until combined, then add in lime juice, tequila and triple sec. Stir vigorously. Pour into glasses filled with ice. Or toss in a strong blender, such as a Vitamix, with ice and slush it into a frozen margarita. Garnish with lime slices.

Makes 12-15 servings.

Adapted from the Gristmill Restaurant


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Every Day Is Margarita Day in San Antonio

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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