For some of you National Margarita Day can’t come soon enough. Most of you probably don’t wait for a holiday to roll around before busting out the tequila. I don’t. But in recognition of National Margarita Day I’ve whipped up a very special Margarita; a Chocolate Margarita.
Usually when I think of chocolate cocktails, something creamy and dreamy comes to mind. Thick rich chocolate laced with Irish Cream and Kahlua perhaps. Yum! Might have to make that next.
This Chocolate Margarita isn’t sweet and creamy though. This resembles a traditional Margarita with just a hint of chocolate. This Chocolate Margarita carries the deep agave flavor we love so much in tequila. It would probably be quite nice with a smoky mezcal as well. If you’re in the mood for something that strays a little off the been there, done that margarita path then this Chocolate Margarita might just be what you’re looking for.
Chocolate Margarita – recipe by Cheri Loughlin
2 ounces Silver Tequila
1/2 ounce Grand Marnier Orange Liqueur
1/2 ounce Dark Crème de Cacao
3/4 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
Combine all liquids in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
Now this is where it gets a little interesting if you’d like to change it up a bit. Swirl a fresh lime about the rim of your glass before mixing the drink. Dip the rim in an equal parts mixture of chocolate powder and espresso powder. Set the glass aside and follow the directions in the recipe. Strain the Chocolate Margarita in the prepared glass and enjoy immensely.
Grand Marnier has a tinge of color to it. That’s why I went with the dark crème de cacao. If you decide to use Cointreau instead you could make a clear Chocolate Margarita instead. Just swap out dark crème de cacao for clear crème de cacao. They taste exactly the same.
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Cheri Loughlin is the Omaha writer and photographer behind www.intoxicologist.net and author of Cocktails with a Tryst: An Affair with Mixology and Seduction. You can email Cheri with comments and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.