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.
Margarita From Scratch
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.
Blanco vs. Reposado vs. Anejo Tequila
I traditionally use Blanco tequila, but I’m finding Reposado and Anejo tequilas are really where it’s at. The flavor is more complex because Reposado and Anejo tequilas are aged in oak barrels, Anejo being aged the longest duration in oak. It gives a unique caramel and vanilla flavor you won’t find in Blanco tequila (which isn’t barrel-aged at all).
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 works the same but gives a different color and unique flavor compared to your typical margarita.
Try 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 of 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 sugar.
Other Margarita Recipes You’ll Love
- Watermelon margarita
- Grapefruit margarita
- Spicy jalapeno margarita
- Grand Marnier margarita
- Classic margarita
The reposado elderflower margarita is a spin on the classic margarita made with reposado tequila, simple syrup, fresh lime juice, and elderflower liqueur.
- 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 double old fashioned 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.
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