It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, and pretty easy to find a margarita anywhere on Cinco de Mayo. The house margarita won’t stand “in lime” next to these unique, taste-bud tingling spirits created by some talented Colorado Springs mixologists. Recipes for four concoctions hail from some of the area’s greatest restaurants and feature ingredients that range from spicy to smokey. Celebrate Mexico’s independence Colorado Springs style.
Thai Basil Margarita
Will Rogers Lounge at Cheyenne Mountain Resort
We’re paraphrasing, but Will Rogers never met a margarita he didn’t like – we’re sure that this one would be among his favorites. During the summer months, the Lounge makes a home-grown margarita with one of their six varieties of basil picked fresh from their on-property organic garden. Ingredients include 3 oz. Thai basil sweet & sour mix, 1½ oz. Cuervo 1800 Silver tequila and _ oz. Bauchant. Shake all ingredients and strain over ice. Garnish with Thai basil leaves. To make Thai basil sweet & sour mix, combine 1 cup sugar with 1 cup hot water in a blender and mix slowly. Add 20 Thai basil leaves and blend until completely chopped. Mix with 4 oz. fresh lemon juice and 4 oz. fresh lime juice. Chill overnight.
The Smokin’ Marg
Summit at The Broadmoor
This smokin’ good marg is prepared with a splash of Mezcal, a liquor with a very smokey nature because the piñas are roasted under ground. It begins with Don Julio Blanco tequila, Grand Marnier, fresh pressed lime juice and a splash of Del Maguey Chichicapa Single Village Mezcal. This margarita is served without salt because the drink is designed to highlight the salty flavors already in the tequila. Pure agave nectar is used to sweeten the drink that is considered “the Goddess’ bebida of choice.”
*Photo courtesy of Mic Clik Photography
Ok, not a margarita, but the fresh-squeezed fruit makes this martini just as appealing. The Mexican Martini is mixed with Don Julio Anejo, Cointreau and Grand Marnier. Made with the juice of fresh-squeezed limes and oranges, it’s served up in a chilled martini glass garnished with a lime or orange.
Signature Jalapeño Strawberry Margarita
Sonterra Innovative Southwest Grill
The key word to this cocktail is fresh. Sonterra uses their signature tequila, Corzo Reposado, Triple Sec, fresh jalapeño-infused simple syrup and a drizzle of fresh strawberry puree. It’s served on the rocks with a sugar rim, garnished with three paper-thin slices of fresh jalapeño. Designed by Jeanna Reeverts.