Picture this: you’re on a beach, margarita in hand. The sun kisses your sweat-stained brow, and a sip of the crisp, citrusy cocktail is all the relief you need from the heat. Life is as good as it gets.
Plot twist, we’re all holed up at home. The only sweat in the picture are the sweatpants we haven’t changed out of in days, and the only sunlight we’re getting is the one that beats through the window grills to remind us of the wide world outdoors.
But you know what? A margarita that hits the spot is an achievable fantasy-turned-reality that you can achieve in five minutes. Abhishek C George, the owner of local gin haven Spiffy Dapper, is here to take you there with the easiest margarita recipe you’ll ever need to know.
He believes the margarita is simple, effective and delicious, and we have to agree. All it takes is three ingredients — two boozy, one fruity — and some salt, if you please, to make this cocktail top-notch. Quality is key, of course, so fresh juice and a 100 percent agave tequila is essential here. His version also doesn’t require a fancy cocktail shaker, just a jam jar that you can mix and serve the cocktail in if you’re feeling extra lazy (this is a judgement-free zone).
We’ll stand between you and the cocktail no longer. Here is the margarita recipe:
For the cocktail:
2 parts tequila
1 part orange liqueur — Triple Sec, Curacao or Cointreau
1 part freshly-squeezed lime juice
For the salt rim*:
A handful of table salt
A dash of black pepper
A dash of mace
A dash of cinnamon
A jam or mason jar with a lid
To make the salt rim
1. Blend or grind the salt, pepper, cinnamon and mace to get a fine powder. Set aside in a small dish.
To make the cocktail
1. Squeeze the lime to get fresh lime juice. Fresh juice is always key to making a great margarita. Pour into the jam jar.
2. Add two parts tequila and one part orange liqueur into the jar. Add ice to fill and close the lid.
3. Shake to combine. If you wish, drink from the jar, but it is recommended to strain the liquid into a separate glass so you can add garnishes too.
4. To get a salt rim, take a dish and lay a paper towel on it. Dampen the paper towel and roll the rim of your glass over the drink. Retrieve the dish with the salt mixture made prior. Take your glass, and roll the rim of the glass in the salt mixture. If you prefer plain sea salt instead, use that.
5. Serve. Enjoy. Live your best life.
If you’d like to get better at making cocktails at home, Spiffy Dapper has launched at-home cocktail making kits (S$199++) that include spirits, juices and garnishes that you can then turn into 15 possible cocktails. All purchases come with a masterclass run by the bar to get you equipped with all the skills you need to get proficient(ly drunk). Check out the kits here.
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