New Margarita: With Thyme Tequila!

I was recently contacted by the lovely people at Partida Tequila and asked if I wanted to try their wares– blanco, reposado and añejo tequila, made from carefully cultivated blue agave. Of course I said *yes!* but for not the reason you think*

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*(if you think the reason is because I just wanted free hooch)

The fact of the matter is, I LOVE LOVE LOVE tequila but NEVER EVER EVER order it at bars, and NEVER buy it for myself. I honestly have no idea why. Tequila is delicious. Good tequila is even better. I won’t knock the Cuervo because it has its place and time, but if you ever splurge on fine tequila.. you’re doing yourself a mitzvah.

Boring people would put this in a regular margarita– fancy it up a bit if they wanted by using a splash of Cointreau. But I’m not boring people.

I’m a lady with a bushel of organic thyme in her fridge and some mason jars.

First step: make thyme tequila.

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  • Thyme– somewhere between 15-25 stalks (fronds? branches?)
  • Tequila (about 4 ounces total, to make two drinks)
  1. Wash thyme. Shove into bottom of mason jar.
  2. Add tequila.
  3. Shake. Put in back of fridge. Shake every day for 5-10 days. Depending on how herbaceous you like your drinks.

Now, you have thyme tequila.

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Let me be clear with you: I tried the tequila by itself and it was glorious. Smooth and a bit sweet, clear and none of that, “It tastes like college” sort of backlash. This could be– and even more so in its aged forms– sipping tequila. It’s damn good.

But the thyme flavor with it? Life-changing. Forget infusing vodka for a while. Tequila is where it’s at, kids.

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Oh, but if you want to make a Tequila Thyme Margarita…

  • 2 ounces thyme tequila
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau or Triple Sec or Grand Marnier (optional)
  • Salt
  • Ice
  1. First, rim your glass (this is a Champagne coupe, which is smaller in capacity than your classic restaurant Margarita glass, which looks like an upside down sombrero) with kosher salt. 
  2. Then, in a shaker over ice, shake together the tequila and lime juice. I did *not* use Cointreau in my drink, because I wanted it herby and tart. David wanted his sweeter, so that’s where the Cointreau comes in.
  3. Strain into your prepared glass and garnish with a lime wheel.

Cheers to a Cocktail Friday, everyone!!

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