If you ask me, a classic Cadillac Margarita is always a good idea. Maybe it's the fact that growing up in California has made me partial to all things citrus but that dash of orange liquer makes a margarita a little more especial IMO.
But sometimes you need a twist on a classic. Well, if you're looking for a twist on the classic Cadillac Margarita, this is it. Citrus gets charred over an open flame for a twist on the classic cocktail recipe. The idea for this came about because, well, one of the most classic flavors in Mexico is char - see: all the toasted ingredients in mole, charred tlayudas, or flame-licked carne asada - and it's high time that flavor came into the margarita world.
The addition of the charred fruit adds a little something something that makes an otherwise classic top shelf margarita recipe even more exciting. By the way, you could make this margarita with a variety of citrus from cara cara oranges to grapefruit, but, of you can get your hand on larger tangerines or satsumas, definitely save a few to make this recipe -- their slight sweetness really makes this margarita!
for oiling the grill
plus two lime wedges for garnish
or Tajin chile powder, for garnish
For the grilled citrus: Heat a grill to medium-high heat. Scrape the grill grates clean then use tongs to wipe with a paper towl dipped in oil.Grill citrus, cut side down, until charred and starting to soften, about 5 minutes. Using a metal spatula to scrape the citrus off the grill grates then transfer to a baking sheet, and set aside to cool, about 15 minutes. Slice off the edge of two charred fruits and slice in half so you have charred half moons for garnish. Juice the citrus, add a pinch or salt and set aside.
For one cocktail: If you want a salted rim, combine equal parts chile powder and salt and mix to combine then spread on a rimmed plate. Prep the serving glass by filling it with ice water. Right before you going to serve the drink, discard the ice water, rub the rim with the end of the lime then dip it in salt, pressing to adhere. Garnish with a half moon of charred citrus.
Combine 2 ounces tequila, 1 1/2 ounces charred citrus juice, and 1/2 ounce lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice to fill the shaker halfway, close, and shake well until chilled and frosty, about 15 to 20 seconds. Strain the margarita into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice (with a salted rim, if desired). Garnish with a few slices of the lime and serve.
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