Pineapple-Vanilla Margarita

Pineapple-Vanilla MargaritaOur most popular post since we started the Consumatorium is our recipe for making Pineapple and Vanilla Infused Tequila. Now that summer is here, it’s getting viewed by loads of happy home bartenders and drinkers daily. In the post, we describe how to infuse the tequila, but we really don’t say much about using it in cocktails. We recommend that it be served over rocks with a squeeze of lime, but that’s about it. This week, I spent time trying variations of margaritas with it and think I came up with a winning combination of ingredients. Not surprisingly, it uses the big three in the world of margaritas – tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice. The effort in mixing this margarita version, if you’d call it that, is all in the preparation of the tequila infusion. Making the margaritas is a piece of cake. The ratio is 8:2:1, Pineapple-Vanilla Tequila, Cointreau and lime juice, respectively.

  • 2 oz Pineapple-Vanilla Tequila (recipe here)
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau (regular Triple Sec should be fine)
  • 1/4 oz Freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 Lime wedge for garnish
  • Salt for rim (optional)

Combine all liquid ingredients in an ice-filled shaker and shake until well chilled. Pour into an ice-filled rocks glass (dip the rim in some Cointreau and then salt beforehand if desired) and add the lime wedge.

Make sure you’ve made enough of the tequila infusion. You’re going to be using a lot of it in these margaritas when guests come over.

The Darquiri

Simply put, this is a “Dark Daiquiri,” portmanteaud for sake of simpler reference. I can’t claim credit for the daiquiri nor a daiquiri made with dark rum. About the only thing I can take credit for here is a specific ratio of specific daiquiri ingredients, that make for a fantastic drink (IMNSHO).

The Darquiri

Zacapa 23 & Sugar in the Raw Syrup – with apologies for the lame pic

The genesis of this experiment was my discovery of Zacapa 23 rum courtesy of the exceptional bartenders at Tavern Road. I’m not historically “a rum guy,” and this stuff has just impressed the heck out of me. I’ll drink it neat or with a rock sometimes – never mind mixing it. In an effort to enjoy the rum more, I wanted to play with other rum-based mixed drinks, and once you remove Coke from the equation (gross!), the daiquiri is probably the most popular option.

The daiquiri is a simple drink, and the Darquiri is no less so. The Zacapa 23 baselines the ‘darkness’ of the drink, and I insist on using a darker sweetener than standard simple syrup. To wit, The good people who make the “Sugar in the Raw” turbinado sugar packets also make a liquid version of the same – also contributing to the ‘dark’. Lime juice is lime juice, of course. Use good limes, as always. Keep in mind as you read the proportioning details below, that those proportions were for these specific ingredients. Use a different rum or a different sweetener and YMMV.

The standard (to the extent such a thing exists) ratio for a daiquiri is 8:2:1 rum, lime juice, and sweetener (simple syrup). This is referred to as the Embury ratio, as Señor Jilk pointed out to me. However, I found this ratio to be unsatisfying and proceeded to tweak it. Dave suggested an 8:3:2 ratio instead and that created a notably more interesting drink. That said, it still seemed to be a tad too sweet for me. Zacapa 23 is not a run-of-the-mill rum. Side-by-side with whatever bottle of Bacardi you might have in your bar, there’s no real comparison. The Zacapa is rich, flavorful, and – and this is the key bit – sweet. Because the Zacapa has its own sweetness, and because its sweetness is complex and interesting as part of the rum, and because no simple syrup (regardless of its source ingredients) is that interestingly complex, I opted to pull back the sweetening of the drink from 8:3:2 to 8:3:1, at which point I thought the balance was nailed and the lime juice and the rum ‘popped’, becoming super crisp and awfully yummy!

Please get drunk responsibly.

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