Tanteo Tequila

Kick Up Your Jalapeño Margarita

Tequila season is finally here and I have been on the road selling Tanteo Jalapeño Margaritas day in and day out as we get ready for patios, sunshine, swimsuits and all the other fun that is to come in the next 6 months. March, April, and May are the busiest months of the year for Tanteo Tequila because this is when most bars, restaurants, and hotels change their cocktail menu from whisk(e)ys and other cold weather sippers to fresh Spring and Summer refreshers (hence the delay between posts). With that in mind, I thought I would elaborate on my last post where I touched on the basic anatomy of a cocktail. In this post, I will write about the ingredients that will take your cocktail to the next level. I will use the expansive term “modifier”  to describe the additional ingredients outside of the basic booze, sweet, and sour ingredients I described last post, though others in the trade have given these more specific terms. For a more in depth look on this matter, read Alchemy in a Glass by Greg Seider or Craft Cocktails by Brian Van Flandorn. Below are some helpful tips for putting your own unique twist on a Tanteo Jalapeño Margarita.

-Fruit-

It's simple to take a Tanteo Jalapeño Margarita to the next level by adding your choice of fruit. Strawberryraspberrymangoprickly pearwatermelonpineappleapple, and passionfruit are just a few of the fruits that work really well with Tanteo Jalapeño. When it comes to how to incorporate the fruit into the margarita, I like to purée fresh fruit to facilitate mixing. Muddling fresh fruit or using fruit juice also works just fine. However you incorporate additional fruit flavors into your margarita, keep in mind that the added sugar and acidity from the fruit can upset the balance of the final product. One of our most popular cocktails during this season is the Watermelon Tanteodor, a blend of watermelon puréeTanteo Jalapeño Tequilafresh lime juice, and agave nectar.  

WATERMELON TANTEADO

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 Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled coupe glass.Garnish with a sprig of cilantro. 

 

-Vegetables-

Believe it or not, vegetables and tequila go together really well (especially jalapeño tequila).  I have seen Tanteo cocktails made with tomatoes (ummm... not a fruit, but savory), carrotskalefennelartichoke, and even onion.  Nevertheless, my favorite vegetable to work with is the cucumber. Cucumbers are inexpensive, available year round, and easily transform into our Pepino Diablo, made famous at New York City’s La Esquina restaurant

PEPINO DIABLO

 

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a cucumber slice.

-Herbs-

Fresh herbs are a great way to easily add a twist to a cocktail.  Try adding fresh rosemarytarragon, or thyme to a Tanteo Jalapeño Margarita and you’ll have a tasty and unique variation of our classic. Make sure you are using fresh herbs. If the herbs are easily bruised, use them solely as a garnish.   

-Smoke-

There are different ways to smoke a cocktail.  Our friends over at the Wayland in Manhattan’s East Village have been making their I Hear Banjo’s cocktail for some time. They use actual smoke to create the effect in their cocktail. To simplify the process, I go for the liquid route when it comes to smoking a cocktail. A little goes a long way when it comes to smokey Scotches. Islay malts like Lagavulin or Laphroaig are easy to find. For a little less intensity, try looking for Oban or Dalwhinnie. For something closer to tequila, try a Jalapeño Mezcal Margarita. I like to use Xicaru where available, as it is a great value in mezcal and its smokiness balances perfectly with Tanteo

 

SMOKED MARGARITA

 

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass (salted rim optional). Garnish with a lime wedge.

-Sparkle-

My good friend, Jaime Felber, has been making Tanteo Jalapeño Margaritas topped with sparkling wine for quite some time at the East Village staple, Boulton and Watt. They call it the Mexican Revolver. The cocktail is a great combination of two party beverages: Tequila and sparkling wine.  If you want to stear clear of the wine, there are other ways to sparkle your margarita, including club soda, sprite, beer, or even Red Bull (yes… I am serious). 

 

MEXICAN REVOLVER                  

      

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice Shake well and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Top with sparkling wine.

 

So there you have a bunch of new ways to take your spicy margarita to the next level. Essentially, I just layed down the groundwork, as long as there’s a balance of alcohol, sweetness, and acidity, the possibilities are endless. So go crazy and don’t be afraid to experiment. Be sure to let me know what you come up with.

 

Para la buena vida,

Neil 

@neilgrosscup