Session Margarita

By Food52
May 16, 2018
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Author Notes: For most drinkers, classic cocktails serve as craving benchmarks. When it’s sweater weather and you’ve got whiskey on the brain? Make it a Manhattan. When you’re roasting in the midsummer sun and in desperate need of refreshment? Send margaritas. The trouble is, our benchmarks tend to clock in above the mark where they can reasonably be dubbed sessionable. The good news is they can easily be altered to bring down the ABV while still preserving the flavor profiles that made these drinks classics in the first place. 

Excerpted from Session Cocktails: Low-Alcohol Drinks for Any Occasion © 2018 by Drew Lazor. Reproduced by permission of Ten Speed Press. All rights reserved.

Serves: 1

  • 1 1/2 ounces manzanilla sherry 
  • 3/4 ounce tequila or mezcal
  • 3/4 ounce orange liqueur (preferably Combier) 
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice 
  • 1 barspoon agave syrup
  • 1 pinch salt
  1. Put all the ingredients in a shaking tin, add ice, and shake until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice, then garnish with a lime wheel. 

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