Thursday, October 15, 2020

Autumn White Whiskey Margarita (MurLarkey Justice Variation)


Most tequila drinkers swear by the tequila Margarita, and that makes sense. There's a risk involved in swapping out the principal ingredient in any recipe, that being that the name of the recipe itself becomes meaningless. In the case of white whiskey, however, certain white whiskies have the qualities of tequila: a clean spirit flavor that blends well with citrus and herbal notes that are close to tequila. 

I've done plain white whiskey Margaritas before and they are excellent chameleon cocktails. You really feel like you are south of the border, when the spirit comes from your local distillery. So I felt that a white whiskey Margarita gives me permission to use flavored whiskies to create a flavored Margarita variation. 

MurLarkey's cinnamon whiskey gives any cocktail that essence of Fall weather and the spice we crave to warm us up. Peach is usually associated with summer, but swapping out the traditional orange flavored triple sec also changes the profile. To be honest, if I had pear or apple whiskey, I'd be using that and I encourage you to experiment as well. The whole purpose of this post is to further the spirit of innovation.

  • 1 1/2 oz. white whiskey (MurLarkey Justice used)
  • 1/2 oz. cinnamon whiskey (MurLarkey cinnamon whiskey used)
  • 1/2 oz. peach or other fruit whiskey (Bird Dog peach whiskey used)
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. sugar syrup 
  • lime slice
  • coarse salt for rim

Rim an Old Fashioned glass with salt by wetting it with a slice of lime and dipping it into coarse salt. Fill the glass with fresh ice. Combine all liquid ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into the glass and garnish with the lime slice.

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