Margarita Exotica {a tequila yuzu cocktail with Jose Cuervo Tradicional}

When is a margarita not a margarita? When it’s made with different ingredients – duh. Starting with a bottle of Jose Cuervo Tradicional 100% blue agave reposado tequila and hum botanical, this tequila yuzu cocktail was inspired by the margarita, but isn’t one.

tequila yuzu cocktail with jose cuervo tradicional

Technically, this drink all started with a bottle of Jose Cuervo Tradicional. It’s Cuervo’s 100% blue agave tequila which dates back to 1795. According to Cuervo, their tequila has done some pretty wonderful things in the world, including inspiring beach volleyball and inventing the margarita (which many people claim to have done). Watch this little video to find out more of Cuervo’s 219 year history (it’s a cool video and not long at all, I promise)… If the video isn’t working here, use this link to watch it.

While I’m not here to say who or who did not really invent the margarita, I can say that it was the inspiration for this tequila yuzu cocktail. The day after buying my bottle of Jose Cuervo Tradicional, I picked up a bottle of hum botanical liqueur. It’s a sugarcane rum infused with hibiscus, ginger, cardamom and kaffir lime leaves. It’s one of the more interesting liqueurs I have tasted and is said to be a great substitute for orange liqueur. So, I figured I’d swap out the triple sec in a margarita for hum. It worked, except for the lime – it just didn’t fit.

tequila yuzu cocktail with jose cuervo tradicional 100% blue agave reposado

So, I also swapped the fresh lime for yuzu juice. It was a much better combination of ingredients. The Jose Cuervo Tradicional 100% blue agave reposado stood up nicely to the other two ingredients and there was a nice balance of flavors. Since the hum and yuzu both seem exotic to me, I named the drink margarita exotica, (or exotic margarita if you translate it to English which isn’t quite as fun to say).

tequila yuzu cocktail

I know it might take a little bit of work to find the hum botanical liqueur and yuzu juice to make this cocktail. But, I promise it’s worth the effort. As is paying a few extra dollars for a 100% blue agave tequila such as Jose Cuervo Tradicional. There really is no comparing a mixto to a 100%. Trust me on this one.

tequila yuzu cocktail with jose cuervo 100% blue agave tequila

Margarita Exotica { a tequila yuzu cocktail with Jose Cuervo Tradicional}
An exotic take on the margarita with Jose Cuervo Tradicional 100% blue agave reposado tequila, hum botanical liqueur and yuzu juice.
Serves: 1
  • 1-1/2 ounces Jose Cuervo Tradicional reposado tequila
  • ½ ounce hum botanical liqueur
  • ½ ounce yuzu juice
  • Lemon peel for garnish
  1. Add all ingredients except garnish to a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with a lemon peel after expressing the natural oils over the drink and rubbing the peel around the rim of the glass.


Want to know more about the history of Cuervo? Download the free Cuervo History in a Bottle app and watch the Cuervo History in a bottle video.


Note: This post is sponsored by Jose Cuervo, but my opinions, pictures and the recipe are all my own. 

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Jessica Torres is the chief cocktail creator here at One Martini. Outside of the internet, she works at DEATH & TAXES (a bar) and midtown eats (a restaurant) in Reno, Nevada. When not working, Jessica can be found working out, spending time with her family or attempting to nap. Subscribe to our newsletter to get all of the latest cocktail creations delivered directly to your inbox.
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6 comments… add one
  • Debra Rector May 12, 2014, 8:37 am

    I am always looking for new margarita recipes and will certainly give this one a try. We were in Las Vegas last week and ate at The Pink Taco, an upscale Mexican restaurant inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. We had an amazing margarita (let’s be honest… two pitchers) called the Kinky Bitch. It was a sweeter and fruity margarita made with Kinky Liqueur. I cannot find the recipe and have not been successful in duplicating it. Have you made a ‘Rita using Kinky?

    • Jessica Torres May 12, 2014, 8:40 am

      I haven’t tried a Kinky Rita but I did find this recipe on their website:

      2 oz. KINKY Liqueur
      1 oz. Durango Silver Tequila
      Splash of Lime or Pineapple Juice
      Lime wedge for garnish
      Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled mixing tin; cap and shake for a few seconds. Strain into a salt-rimmed margarita glass, add as much ice as you’d like and garnish with a slice of lime. Enjoy the bevy. And your newfound love for exaggerated r’s. Arrrriba!

  • Carmen May 16, 2014, 10:47 am

    This looks so delicious! Making one this weekend, cheers!

  • Cate @ Chez CateyLou May 17, 2014, 8:58 am

    This looks like such an interesting and delicious cocktail! I would love one right about now!


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