Spicy Roca Margarita

by James Stevenson

With today being National Margarita Day, I thought it would be the perfect time to show off this Spicy Roca Margarita, which was inspired by a recent adventure in Mexico. This year I am partnering with Patrón Tequila to bring more awareness to their annual Margarita of the Year competition, which asks the bartenders of the world to submit their best recipes. These globally inspired margaritas from every corner of the earth are then judged by the public to see who will take home this year’s title.

I absolutely love the accentuated flavors in the Roca Patrón line and the “simplicity” of the silver profile. It is perfect for a Margarita as the higher proof means more of the raw flavor remains in the final product, and this gives a more accentuated citrus note both on the palate and the nose. I accentuated this by adding in the necessary lime juice but also with some grapefruit juice because the slight sweetness of the grapefruit paired deliciously with the added sweetness of the Roca Silver. Another great note I noticed when sipping the Roca Silver, was black pepper, which isn’t overpowering but gave me the idea to add some spice to this cocktail and whenever I think of spice in a Margarita, I think jalapeño. Again, I wanted this to work with the Roca and not overpower it, so I looked up how to make a candied jalapeño simple syrup and the final product was really amazing!

Recipe:

  1. 2 ounces Roca Patrón Silver
  2. ¾ ounce grapefruit juice
  3. ¾ ounce lime juice
  4. ¾ ounce candied jalapeño simple syrup
  5. Tajín for rim

Method:

  • Combine all ingredients, except Tajín, in a cocktail shaker with ice
  • Shake to chill and combine ingredients
  • Rim rocks glass with Tajín
  • Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice
  • Garnish & Enjoy!

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