Today may be Cinco de Mayo, but I consider it the unofficial National Margarita Day. Though it has become a drinking holiday second only to St. Pat’s and though most people have no clue what they’re celebrating, Cinco has stolen our hearts with all the tequila-induced and guacamole-laced celebration.
As a nod to the universally-served but often improperly mixed Margarita, I’ve concocted this twist that’s mellower, a touch floral, and just a tad sweet. If the fact that St. Germain liqueur — made from perfumey elderflowers — throws you, don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried how well it tames spicy pico de gallo and other Cinco fare.
Dos Gardenias Cocktail Recipe
Makes: 1 drink
2 ounces Tequila blanco (100% agave)
1 1/2 ounces orange juice
1 ounce St. Germain liqueur
1 lime wedge
Combine tequila, orange juice, and St. Germain in a cocktail shaker and fill halfway with ice. Shake until thoroughly chilled and frosty, about 15 to 20 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass, add a few ice cubes, squeeze lime wedge over top, garnish with orange twist, and serve.