Tequila Adventure: Three Takes on the Classic Margarita

Think warm thoughts with three new margaritas using flavors that will inspire your cold beverage.

Tequila Adventure: Three Takes on the Classic Margarita

A classic margarita is great, but when it comes to tequila, it is always fun to play. Experimenting with three different premium tequilas by Partida, each aged to a different level, we began to rethink the margarita. Creating a flavor profile that would fit each variety, here are three margaritas to help you think warm thoughts while we count down the days until spring.

A Mexico-made beverage, Tequila Partida makes an un-aged spirit from 100% blue agave all the way to a 36 to 40 month aged Extra Añejo that has been kept in American Oak barrels to give it notes of rich dark chocolate.

Tequila Adventure: Three Takes on the Classic Margarita

The Beet Margarita

Using Partida’s Blanco tequila that has undergone no aging, this beet margarita keeps things fresh. Clean and crisp, like a sweet and acidic beet salad, this Blanco reiterates the herbal notes of the dill and leaves you feeling refreshed with a smooth and gentle finish.

The Beet Margarita
 
When deciding between Triple Sec and Cointreau, think about how boozy you would like the drink to be. Triple Sec has a significantly lower alcohol content than Cointreau.
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Recipe Type: Cocktail
Serves: 1 drink
Ingredients
  • 3 Tablespoons (1.5 ounces) Beet Juice
  • 3 Tablespoons (1.5 ounces) Partida Blanco Tequila
  • 3 Tablespoons (1.5 ounces) Triple Sec or Cointreau
  • 2 Tablespoons (1 ounce) Lemon Juice
  • a few sprigs of Fresh Dill
To Garnish
  • a sprig of Fresh Dill
  • Lemon Salt
  • Lemon slice(optional)
Instructions
For a Dill Infused Beet Juice (optional, may use plain beet juice if desired)
  1. Bring the beet juice to a simmer, add in the fresh dill.
  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool while the flavors infuse.
  3. Remove the dill before storing or using in the cocktail.
Cocktail
  1. Rim the glass with lemon juice and the lemon salt.
  2. Shake all the ingredients, except fresh dill and salt with ice in a cocktail shaker until the outside of the shaker is cold.
  3. Strain into a glass over rocks, or “up”.
  4. Garnish with fresh dill and a lemon slice if desired.

 

Tequila Adventure: Three Takes on the Classic Margarita

The Yuzu and Thai Chili Margarita

Aged for six months, Reposado tequila is not too smokey and won’t drown out the amazing citrusy yuzu flavor or the hint of spice from the chilies. Rather, the amber-hued tequila adds a full-bodied liquor to the margarita with nutty and vanilla fragrances to round out the spice. The yuzu juice substitutes the traditional lime juice in a margarita for a fun new twist that is hard to resist. While all three cocktails are unique in their own way, this was our favorite margarita creation.

The Yuzu and Thai Chili Margarita
 
When deciding between Triple Sec and Cointreau, think about how boozy you would like the drink to be. Triple Sec has a significantly lower alcohol content than Cointreau.
Author:
Recipe Type: Cocktail
Serves: 1 drink
Ingredients
  • 3 Tablespoons (1.5 ounces) Yuzu Juice
  • 3 Tablespoons (1.5 ounces) Partida Reposado Tequila
  • 3 Tablespoons (1.5 ounces) Triple Sec or Cointreau
  • 1-2 Tablespoons (0.5-1 ounce) Honey
To Garnish
  • Thai Chili Pepper
  • Thai Chili Salt (You can make your own by crushing a dried pepper and mixing with salt)
  • Fresh Thai Basil
Instructions
Cocktail
  1. Rim the glass with yuzu juice and the chili salt.
  2. Shake all the ingredients, except fresh Thai basil, Thai pepper and the salt with ice in a cocktail shaker until the outside of the shaker is cold.
  3. Strain into a glass over rocks, or “up”. Much if the honey may remain in the shaker with the ice, this is ok! Taste the drink to make sure it is sweet enough for you.
  4. Garnish with a Thai chili and fresh Thai basil if desired.
  5. Enjoy with the pepper in the drink for great spicy flavor

 

Tequila Adventure: Three Takes on the Classic Margarita

The Pear Ginger Margarita

Margaritas aren’t only prime for warm weather and summer rays. This cocktail is refreshing, but uses a thick pear juice and warm ginger to keep things winter appropriate if necessary. The Partida Añejo tequila has even more color than the Reposado as it is aged for an extra twelve months. Soft, ripe fruits, almond, and spice flavors come through in the spirit as a result of its aging for over a year and matches the sweet pear and warm ginger flavors. This is a tequila that doesn’t need to be in a cocktail to shine.

The Pear and Ginger Margarita
 
When deciding between Triple Sec and Cointreau, think about how boozy you would like the drink to be. Triple Sec has a significantly lower alcohol content than Cointreau.
Author:
Recipe Type: Cocktail
Serves: 1 drink
Ingredients
  • 3 Tablespoons (1.5 ounces) Pear Juice
  • 3 Tablespoons (1.5 ounces) Partida Añejo Tequila
  • 3 Tablespoons (1.5 ounces) Triple Sec or Cointreau
  • 2 Tablespoons (1 ounce) Lime Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Ginger, sliced
To Garnish
  • Rosemary Salt
  • Rosemary Salt (You can make your own by crushing a rosemary and mixing with salt)
  • A slice of pear or lime (optional)
Instructions
Cocktail
  1. Rim the glass with lime juice and the rosemary salt.
  2. Shake all the ingredients, except fresh pear and the salt with ice in a cocktail shaker until the outside of the shaker is cold.
  3. Strain into a glass over rocks, or “up”.
  4. Garnish with a slice of pear or fresh rosemary if desired.

 

Annelise McAuliffe

Mandatory family outings to the Detroit farmers' market and nightly home-cooked meals cultivated Annelise's respect and curiosity for food. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, she spends her free time in New York City recipe testing, eating breakfast all day, and dreaming up international culinary adventures.

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