Morgue-arita

We're not typically ones for novelty drinks with silly names and gimmicks. Oh wait...maybe we are. We are talking about booze, after all. 

In a time when everyone seems to take themselves (and their craft) so damn seriously, what's the problem in having a little fun with your cocktails? None. That's what we say. 

So we're putting together a few Halloween cocktails with all the kitsch we can pack into 'em... but don't go thinking just because they have silly names or colorful garnishes that they're not tasty...because they are. 

Take this spin on a margarita for instance. We're using one of our favorite new tequilas, Sangre de Vida. Not only does it come packaged in a very appropriate hand-painted skull, but the shit is seriously tasty. To make it festive, we added some color with Aperol and used black ash salt to rim the glass (find it at specialty food stores or online). 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
rocks glass

ingredients:

1.5 oz Sangre de Vida Blanco Tequila
.75 oz Aperol
.75 oz fresh lime juice
.25 oz agave nectar, plus additional for rimming glass
black ash salt for rimming glass

method:

Rim the glass by dipping the edge in agave nectar and black ash salt. Set aside. Combine tequila, Aperol, lime juice and agave nectar in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and transfer contents to prepared glass. 

Cucumber Margarita

It seems silly at first glance, but the flavor of cucumber in cocktails really does work. If you really think about it, it's a flavor that's similar to melon, only brighter. So why not put it in a damn drink?

Okay then, we will. Er, we did.

A great margarita is a simple game of proportions. Tequila, acid (usually lime of course), a little flavor - often from triple sec or curacao, and some sweetness from agave. Once you've got this balance, you can fuck with all you want to add other flavors by swapping out the triple sec, using other acids to compliment the lime or just adding a little something extra for flavor. Like cucumber juice.

It's pretty easy to make cucumber juice. If you have a juicer, just put a washed cucumber in it (preferably organic since you'll leave the skin on). If not, take that same washed, organic cucumber and either mince it in a food processor or grate it into a bowl with a small cheese grater or microplane grater. Scoop up that pulp into cheesecloth and squeeeeeeze! That bright green juice that comes from it will work in many drinks. Like this one...

equipment

cocktail shaker
strainer
martini or cocktail glass

ingredients

2 oz tequila, like Olmeca Altos
.75 oz fresh lime juice
.75 oz triple sec
.25 oz agave nectar
1 oz cucumber juice
slice of cucumber for garnish


method

Combine all ingredients except for the garnish in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake the shit out of it. Strain into a martini glass or into a rocks glass with fresh ice rocks if you prefer. Garnish with the slice of cucumber. 


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Salted Grapefruit Margarita

Oh yeah. Margaritas kick ass. Well, tequila kicks ass, so therefore a margarita does too - especially when made with fresh fruit juices. 

We've fallen head over heels for Casamigos Ultra Premium Tequila. If you've not tried it yet, get out there and get a bottle...or five. It's very smooth, yet still has a distinct agave flavor. While we probably most often drink it neat, this simple margarita is by no means a waste of good tequila. 

What makes a good margarita? Simple. Good tequila, fresh citrus and orange liqueur. That's really about all you need. 

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer
highball glass

ingredients:

2 oz Casamigos Blanco Tequila
1 oz orange liqueur
2 oz fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice
.5 oz fresh lime juice
kosher salt for rim
wedge of grapefruit for garnish


method:

Prepare your glass by running a slice of lime or grapefruit around the rim before dipping into kosher salt. In a cocktail shaker full of ice, add tequila, orange liqueur, grapefruit juice and lime juice. Shake the shit out of it for about 15-20 seconds. Fill your glass with ice and strain margarita into glass. 

Salted Blackberry Margarita

Summertime is great for fresh berries. We recently picked some sweet wild blackberries...well, sweet with a seriously f-ing tart one every now and then! Of course, the first thing that came to mind is "what drink can we put these in?"

Margaritas don't have to be neon green to be delicious - in this case they can be friggin' fuchsia! One thing to keep in mind when working with seeded berries like blackberries and raspberries is while you may want the flavor, you probably don't want the seeds. They are just a pain in the ass...so take the extra step to strain your drink. You'll be glad you did when you pose for that margarita-induced drunken selfie without seeds in your teeth.

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
muddler
fine mesh strainer
margarita glass

ingredients:

9 fresh blackberries, divided
2 oz blanco tequila
1 oz Patron Citronage (or other orange liqueur)
juice of one lime (about 1 oz)
kosher salt for rim
lime and blackberries for garnish

 

method:

In the bottom of your cocktail shaker, muddle 6 blackberries (save 3 for garnish) until fully mashed. Add lime juice, tequila, Citronage and fill with ice. Shake like hell for about 30 seconds. Run a lime around the rim of your glass before rimming with salt. Carefull fill glass with chipped ice and strain cocktail into glass through fine mesh strainer. Garnish with a skewer of blackberries and wedge of lime.