In honor of spring, I’m posting my hot-off-the-press margarita recipe. Day one of spring came and went and it was awesome. However for New Englanders, day two greeted us with snow like some kind of sick joke. We made it one day. ONE day. More reason to drink I suppose?
The elderflower margarita is your classic margarita made with elderflower liqueur in place of triple sec or orange liqueur. it offers a warm floral touch to the otherwise citrusy cocktail.
I don’t know what it is, but in the past 6 months I’ve been on a real tequila tear. I’ve been a whiskey guy my whole life but now I have a new outlook on the margarita. I swore by margarita mix for years until I tried using real lime juice and simple syrup instead (margaritas from scratch). The result is a “real” margarita that is less sweet, less artificial tasting and less acidic. I think I’m slowly forcing turning my friends and family into believers.
I’m also branching out to darker tequila for the first time since college (my Jose Cuervo gold days are a sad comparison, I know). I traditionally use blanco tequila, but I’m finding reposado and añejo tequilas are really where it’s at. The flavor is slightly different because it is aged in oak barrels. It gives a unique caramel and vanilla flavor you won’t find in blanco tequila (which isn’t barrel aged).
On the other hand, elderflower liqueur (St, Germain is a popular one) is becoming very popular. I’ve been experimenting with different ways to use it since I always have it in the liquor cabinet for my cucumber gin martini. Why not use elderflower in place of triple sec? It work’s the same but gives a different color and unique flavor compared to your typical margarita.
Try Making an Elderflower Margarita with Honey Syrup
The elderflower margarita would be the perfect candidate for honey syrup. What is honey syrup? Honey syrup is essentially simple syrup (sugar and water) made with equal parts honey and water (in place of sugar). It’s easier to make than simple syrup as the honey will very easily dissolve in warm water, unlike sugarPrint
- 2 ounces reposado tequila
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup or honey syrup
- 3/4 ounce lime juice
- 1/2 ounce elderflower liqueur
- Lime wedge for garnish
- For the salted rim, take a lime wedge and coat the rim of a rocks glass. Dip in margarita salt, rotating until coated.
- Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with a cup of ice. Shake vigorously and pour straight into the salted glass with the (now crushed) ice from the shaker. Garnish with a lime wedge.