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This Cinco de Mayo make your top-shelf margarita over the top! This Coconut Orange Blossom Margarita is everything we deserve for a fantastic celebration. Usually, I make margaritas with silver tequila, but since it’s Cinco de Mayo and since we have been quarantined to our homes for quite a while, I thought that using some of the best tequila I’ve ever tasted would give this margarita the ultimate top-shelf feel.
One of the characteristics of añejo tequila is that it is smooth enough to drink by itself. It is often known as a “sipping tequila”. Añejo tequila has been aged for at least one year and is golden or light brown in color. The smell is amazing. This tequila has vanilla undertones and is a bit smokey which makes it perfect for pairing with coconut and floral flavors. When all of these exceptional ingredients are combined it makes for an amazing margarita.
Another great way to add a level of flavor to your cocktail is to atomize the cocktail glass that you are serving it in. I love to do this to enhance, often the secondary, flavor of the cocktail. In this case, I atomized the glass with a layer of orange blossom water which gave me a greater scent of the cocktail, making me really take notice of the orange blossom. This is a fun way to add another layer of complexity to your cocktails.
Coconut Orange Blossom Margarita
- 2 oz. tequila, I used Esperanto Selección Añejo Tequila
- 1 oz. Grand Marnier orange liqueur
- ¾ oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
- ¼ oz. simple syrup
- 1 oz. cream of coconut, double-strained
- ½ teaspoon orange blossom water, plus more for spraying the glass
- A dehydrated lime wheel for garnish
Spray the chilled coupe glass with a light spray of the orange blossom water.
Using a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice, simple syrup, cream of coconut, and ½ teaspoon orange blossom water. Shake vigorously to combine for 20-30 seconds and strain into the chilled coupe.
Garnish with the dehydrated lime wheel.