|Black Margarita - Margarita Negra|
Photo Leticia Alaniz © 2017
Margaritas are quite famous, but have you tasted a black margarita? A black margarita is like a piece of the night in which the moon, the stars, and dreams culminate in a mysterious, dark and elegant cocktail. It’s a romantic and gothic elixir that will wake your most poetic nocturnal inspirations.
It pairs well with a black tie tuxedo and a little black dress. I’m nocturnal by nature and I love entertaining at night with delicious food by the moonlight. So I served black margaritas at my most recent Noche dinner. Noche is my secret dinner club in which friends gather for a feast, amazing cocktails and wine.
Black margaritas are simple. Its foundation is still tequila, sour mix, and fruit liqueurs. But for this margarita I took a chance on an obscure or lesser known tequila from Los Valles, Jalisco called El Padrino de Mi Tierra. (El Padrino - The Godfather).
Only 100% blue agave is used in this Reposado Tequila. Brick ovens roast the agave for 36-54 hours, allowing the tequila to retain the sweet natural mellow flavor. Slow-fermented 48-60 hours and then distilled in copper pot stills for a rich taste with notes of caramel and oak. It’s excellent for high-end tequila cocktails.
El Padrino Reposado tequila is “rested”, which means it will have aged in oak between two and eleven months prior to bottling. This gives the tequila a light color and depth of flavor.
The black margarita gets it’s dark, striking black color from the Blue Curaçao and raspberry liquors. Serve very chilled and enjoy the midnight stars!
- 2 ounces El Padrino Reposado tequila
- 1 ounce Blue Curaçao
- 1 ounce raspberry liquor such as Chambord
- 1 splash of lime juice
- fill with sour mix and cranberry or pomegranate juice
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and pour into a salt or sugar- rimmed glass. Garnish with lime.
Written by Leticia Alaniz