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. Of all the choices, we picked this Patron Citrónge Margarita for its 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. And today it is a cocktail recipe known around the world.
Ingredients in a classic Margarita recipe
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 served in a glassed 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.
Enter the Patron Citrónge 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.
This is Patron’s recipe, not ours. But they have a wealth of experience with Citrónge. And this is one case where we want to defer to their expertise. Of their Citrónge recipes, this is the winner for us. In fact, it might be the best Patron Margarita recipe. However, just because the orange liqueur is branded, we encourage you to use the tequila of your choice for the main spirit in this drink.
When to enjoy this Margarita Patron recipe
This is obviously a fairly straightforward drink to mix so it’s a good one to serve for company. Think about using this potent Patron recipe for a Margarita Day or Cinco de Mayo gathering. But, of course, this cocktail is also appropriate for a quiet evening for two. If your lover, or potential lover, is a tequila fan, this might be your new go-to date night drink. Just remember not to overindulge if the bedroom salsa is your end goal.
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- 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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