Drillaud Recipe: Top Shelf Margarita
Here is another classic cocktail recipe featuring the Binny's exclusive Drillaud French liqueurs. Use Drillaud for timeless cocktails with all the horsepower of famous brands without the extra cost. Sorry if it seems like an obvious choice, but the Margarita is a quintessential cocktail. It is often misunderstood and happens to be one of our favorites. Skip the salted rim, the sugary syrups and the blending (we're getting too old for ice cream headaches) and you have a crisp and balanced cocktail that can feature the flavors of your favorite tequila.
You might notice that, much like the Sidecar, we prefer to mix a little in favor of tequila. After all, we like tequila. Why mask it behind too much citrus flavor? Again, for this cocktail, some bartenders prefer the 3:2:1 ratio, meaning 1 1/2 oz tequila.
If you want a boost of orange flavor and a sweeter Margarita, substitute Drillaud Triple Sec in for the Orange Brandy. And if you want to make it electric, use the Drillaud Blue Curacao. That will give your Margarita a little less orange (the fruit) and a ton more blue (the color).
The real joy in a good Margarita is the ability to appreciate the flavors of your favorite tequila while still enjoying a sweeter, balanced cocktail. So pick a tequila with some flavors - something you wouldn't mind drinking on its own. We really like El Jimador Reposado. It might be the best $20 tequila we have - very flavorful, smooth and mixable.
Here's a tip from Joe M: for an extra kick, give your Margarita a "Smoky Floater" by adding a touch of mezcal after mixing. We've tried mezcalritas - that would be a Margarita with mezcal in place of the tequila - but they're a bit too hammy, funky and smoky for our tastes. Add just a touch of mezcal to the top, though, to get the aromatic complexity of mezcal without overpowering the entire cocktail.
Top Shelf Margarita2 oz tequila 1 oz Drillaud Orange Brandy 1/2 oz fresh lime juice Mix ingredients in a rocks glass over ice, stir. Garnish with a lime wedge. For a good time, double the recipe and serve in a mason jar.