A simple twist on the classic Margarita
We had no idea the traditional Margarita was considered a little stale until we started receiving recipes from major liquor distributors. Apparently, spirits producers think it’s time to give the classic Margarita recipe a makeover. In the past two weeks, we’ve received nearly a dozen different spins on the beloved party drink. We chose this one for it’s close connection to the original.
What is a classic Margarita?
But in order to appreciate a Margarita makeover, we think it is important to understand what defines a “classic” Margarita. According to Wikipedia, there are several stories about the origin of the Margarita but it is fairly safe to conclude that it was invented by a Mexican bartender. Which bartender and in which Mexican region is unclear but what is clear is that the drink skyrocketed in popularity.
A classic Margarita recipe is simply a blend of tequila (generally blanco), orange liqueur and lime. It can be served on the rocks, (over ice) or blended with ice like an alcohol smoothie. It is often rimmed with salt, although it is unclear whether the original–whichever version is the original–called for salt. But the only really remarkable difference from Margarita to margarita is the choice of tequila and liqueur.
Cintrónge Margarita recipe
Instead of completely reinventing the beloved drink, Patrón used the concept of the Margarita to showcase their alternative to Triple Sec. It’s an orange liqueur made in Jalisco called Citrónge. It’s an all-natural, premium liqueur with a fairly smooth, citrus flavor, great for enhancing a margarita recipe. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get this party started!
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A variation on a classic Margarita using Citronge.
- 2 oz Reposado tequila
- 1 oz Patrón Citrónge orange liqueur
- fresh lime juice
- splash orange juice
- lime wheel for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add all of the ingredients.
- Shake well and pour into a martini glass.
- Garnish with a lime wheel.
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