Starring: The Classic Spicy Pepper Margarita & the Rosemary Paloma
March in the South tends to be... warm. So in this spirit, we’re moving rapidly into some sunshine and rainbows (can I get an amen?!). This month we're shining the spotlight on some personal favorites; The Paloma and the Margarita. If you happen to be a person who “doesn’t drink tequila” I’m gonna go ahead and stop you right there. I’m not gonna bite. Unless you’ve got a doctors note you don’t get to opt out of this one. Tequila is a beautiful thing (even if that one time in college taught you something different). Forget about that 1 bad experience and take our advice — combine it with some citrus and spice and everything night and boooooy howdy do you have yourself a delightful little situation.
This month, we'll be exploring the history & craft behind the classic margarita and palomas in the form of our Spicy Pepper Margarita & Rosemary Paloma.
Margarita is a Spanish word that translates to “daisy” in English. The daisy is an old style of cocktail that is quite similar to the sour. Daisy’s are a classic cocktail that was at the height of its popularity during the Victorian era. Traditionally made of spirit, citrus and liqueur. As manifest destiny couldn’t stop manifesting and cultures continued to steal from each other we eventually arrived at the margarita. It is the perfect combination of tequila (spirit), lime (citrus) and triple sec (liqueur). Where the Margarita actually grew legs and became its own entity is still debated. What likely happened is that a lot of people were drinking Daisy’s and a lot of people thought “This would taste great with tequila” and a lot of people made a Tequila Daisy and a lot of people thought “We should give it a Spanish moniker because it is made with tequila” and a lot of people were like “oooooo! Margarita! What a pretty way to say Daisy!” So it’s plausible that a lot of people “invented” the Margarita around the same time that tequila became an accessible spirit.
It will probably stay there. It’s another example of a drink that is perfect in its simplicity. Yet somehow it has the perfect palate to experiment with. Spicy, fruity and herbal are all friends with the margarita. So let’s dive into the details of how you can make the perfect Margarita at home. And then let’s talk about some fun ways to experiment with this incredibly forgiving and gracious cocktail. Thanks for always giving and rarely taking. Margarita, you are a Daisy amongst thorns.
Go ahead and sign up for your Commons Kit Membership before March 16th and we'll share the hot goss.
(Each Kit Serves 8)
(Not Too) Spicy Pepper Cordial: Triple Sec who? Throw that out and get down with this bad boy. This one is a sassy combination of both poblano and jalapeno peppers combined with some citrus and some sweet, giving you the perfect foundation for our classic margarita (with flare).
Grapefruit Soda: Our house made version of Jarritos or Squirt (that was hard to type). Made fresh with grapefruit juice & grapefruit oleo saccharum from it's peel, this limited release carbonated delight is a sensory overload.
Rosemary Simple: A rich simple syrup infused with fresh rosemary from the Commons Garden will give you an herbal spring "hello" that you can't get enough of.
Lime Concentrate: Fresh lime juice blended with lime oleo saccharum will give your cocktail a citrus punch without diluting it with too much citrus juice.
Tajin: Salt your Paloma rim with something tangy. This traditional mexican spice combo (lime, chilli powder, salt, and more) is often used to spice up a bite of fresh fruit. If you're not familiar with this one, you're in for a real treat.
Smoked Salt: Rim your margarita with a little drama. This fun and savory variation of your typical salt will add some depth to your pepper and pack the perfect memorable punch to top off your drinking experience.
Geo Rocks Glasses: These geometric rocks glasses are perfect for spring or summer cocktail sipping. Delicate and interesting, they will fancify your drinking experience and give you something to chat with your friends about as you kick back and abide in your spring kit accomplishments.
How to measure ingredients | We will discuss why consistency is important to crafting cocktails and honing your skills.
How to shake a cocktail | The reasons why you shake. What types of cocktails you should shake. Techniques and tips on form and ice usage.
How to rim your cocktail glass | Different styles and ways to add salt to your cocktail.
How to appropriately pair citrus with spirits | Just like cooking using the right citrus will bring out specific flavors in your base spirit.
How to peel citrus | Maximize your garnishes and flavor of your cocktail.
The Margarita has experienced long lasting popularity. You only need to taste to see why this little lady has stayed in the “lime” light (#dadjokes). This traditional tequila cocktail is a wonderful foundation to begin exploring some exciting variations of this exceptional classic cocktail.
You’re well on your way to a lovely craft cocktail and some knowledge that will serve you well on your bartending journey — now go get yourself a Commons Kit membership or one time kit and let's get mixing!
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