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Friday Cocktails: The Z’argarita

by on March 13, 2015
 

Because Zobo and Margarita.

The Z’argarita, a version of the classic made with a Zobo syrup.

Let’s call it my current favourite. Many thanks to you, D for the heads up.

The classic Margarita is based on Mexican Tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice. It is typically served in a stepped glass, with a limed, salted rim.

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I love the combination – sweet, sour, floral hibiscus which complements the floral nuances of fresh lime juice.

My task began with preparing my glass. I ran some lime around the rim of the glass…

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and dipped it in coarse sea salt…

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…then set it aside.

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To make the drink, I began with crushed ice in a mason jar for I do not own a cocktail shaker. Yet.

In went 4 parts (tablespoons) of zobo syrup, 1 part Tequila, 1 part Cointreau and the juice of one lime.

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I put the lid on the jar and shook as hard as I could.

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And gently poured into the glass – being careful not to ruin the salt garnish.

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The salt was weird. I could do without it but the rest? Oh my word. Awesome.

The lime juice is everything – it lifts and binds and melds the flavours together and in a very funny way reminds me of Campari, the Italian digestif.

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Definitely a recipe that’ll be rustled up at the next party. And enjoyed beyond that.

I always say I’m not one for cocktails but this…might change my mind. Even though friends laughed at me when I told them the proportions of alcohol I’d used. One friend called it a mocktail 🙂

Oh well. I enjoyed it still xxx