In celebration of International Margarita Day, a whole day dedicated to honour the classic Margarita cocktail, we have decided to make our own rendition with a slight twist… why mess with a classic! Our version is called the Smoky Margarita and you can get it for £5 ALL DAY on Thursday 22nd February. It’s made using Tequila Calle 23 Blanco, triple sec, freshly squeezed lime juice, with just a hint of Del Maguey Mezcal Vida.
The main ingredient in Margaritas is tequila, a Mexican spirit made from the agave plant. If you’re not familiar, agave plants are a type of succulent that can only be used when it nears the end of its life, which is usually 5 to 10 years after being planted. To be legally called a tequila it must be made in Mexico; after harvesting, the agave plants have to be cooked, then crushed to extract the sugar rich juices, the juices are then fermented and it must be double distilled. Tequila comes in blanco (unaged), reposado (rested), añejo (aged) and extra añejo (you get the drift)…
Tequila Calle 23 is the brainchild of French born Sophie Decobecq; all her tequilas are 100% agave, which means all the sugars used in the production of the tequila comes from the agave plants. Out of the Calle 23 range we have chosen the blanco as it makes a great Margarita, with a spicy, citrusy, fresh agave flavour. This highland tequila is made in the town of San Pancho, using blue agaves grown in the region. At 40% abv, it’s a Margaritas best friend.
Mezcal Del Maguey Vida, is a rediscovery treasure, that Taos based artist Ron Cooper stumbled over nearly 27 years ago. It’s made in the small village of San Luis Del Rio by Paciano Cruz Nolasco and his son Marcos. Del Maguey Vida is made from Espadín agaves, the most common agave used in Oaxaca, using traditional practices: the agave is earth roasted, crushed by molinas and fermented naturally with airborne yeast before it is distilled in small copper stills. The flavour is much more complex, which a slight earthiness to it: it packs a mighty 42% abv, so we just use a little to give the Margarita that hint of smoke.
SO, JOIN US THIS THURSDAY FOR £5 SMOKY MARGARITAS TO CELEBRATE THE COCKTAIL THAT HAS BROUGHT SO MUCH HAPPINESS TO US ALL.