Smoky Pear & Ginger Margarita

September 10, 2018

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: The margarita has always been my go-to summer drink, but this year I'm making it my fall drink, too, with five autumnal takes on the classic cocktail.

I was going for cozy fireplace vibes with this sweet, smoky marg, inspired by a recipe from Charlotte Voisey. The mezcal (and if you can find it, smoked sea salt) bring the smokiness I was after, while pear juice adds a delicate sweetness. Feel free to play around with the bitters here if you have different kinds on hand; ginger bitters play up the fall spice, while citrus bitters add a bit of an edge. If you've got some on hand, candied ginger makes a lovely garnish. So does a slice of dehydrated pear. (A cinnamon stick or slice of fresh ginger works just as well.)

This recipe is featured in the article, 5 Margarita Recipes Perfect for Fall, sponsored by Agave In The Raw.
Erin Alexander

Serves: 1
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 1 min

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces pear juice or nectar
  • 1 ounce tequila
  • 1 ounce mezcal
  • 3/4 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce Agave in the Raw
  • 1 dash aromatic bitters
  • 1 piece fresh ginger (a thin slice or two, cut in half)
  • 1 piece candied ginger, for garnish (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon flaky smoked sea salt, regular flaked sea salt, or cocktail salt for rimming the glass (optional)
In This Recipe

Directions

  1. If you'd like a salt rim, dump the salt onto a small plate, and prepare an (empty) rocks glass by rubbing a lime wedge around the edge of the glass. Dip the wet glass rim in the salt and move it around until the rim is well coated.
  2. Fill your glass with ice.
  3. Combine the pear juice, tequila, mezcal, lime juice, agave, and sliced ginger into a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds. Double strain (pour through a mesh strainer) into your ice-filled glass.
  4. Garnish with a cocktail skewer of candied ginger, if you're feeling fancy, and another drop or two of the bitters.

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