Considering the Margarita is the most popular drink in the U.S. and has been for several years, the venerable tequila/Triple Sec/lime juice cocktail hardly needs its own holiday. Nonetheless, Feb. 22 is National Margarita Day–and it falls on a Saturday. That’s cause for celebration this year: Here are a few recipes that offer a twist on the classic Margarita.
By Liza B. Zimmerman
Given its damp and temperate weather, Seattle has long been a brown-goods town. Whiskey tastings here are always packed, and most city bars offer healthy Bourbon and whiskey selections. But Seattle never had a bar that specializes primarily in handcrafted, imported and domestic whiskey, until Radiator Whiskey opened last April in the city’s famed Pike Place Market.
Cheers Drink Recipes
2 oz. Fair Quinoa vodka
½ oz. Fair Goji liqueur
2 drops Simple syrup
Splash Grand Marnier
Squeeze of fresh lime juice
Combine ingredients in shaker with ice. Shake and strain into chilled Martini glass.
David Shelton, bartender at the Heartline Café in Sedona, AZ, created this recipe.
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Martin Cate, owner/designer of Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco, detailed the rise, fall and resurgence of the Tiki bar in an Arizona Cocktail Week session.
The vodka brand’s first and only state-inspired flavor has notes of fresh cucumber and a spicy character inspired by the flavors of Southwestern cuisine.
Wine produced in the Franconia region of Germany will be highlighted in a session at the ProWein show in Germany next month.
Richmond, VA-based restaurant Lemaire has added a do-it-yourself element to classic cocktails with its “Create Your Own Manhattan” offering.
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Paddy Whiskey, a 233-year-old authentic Irish whiskey brand owned by Pernod Ricard USA, introduced two new flavored whiskey blends to its portfolio: Devil’s Apple and Bee Sting. The whiskies retail for a suggested price of $21.99 for a 750-ml. bottle.
Freelance Wines has introduced Coup de Grâce, a red blend sourced from several growing regions in Northern California. The 2011 Lodi Coup de Grâce Red Wine is a blend of zinfandel, petite sirah, petit verdot and cabernet franc, and is available at a suggested retail price of $28.
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