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.
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.
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).
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.
- 1-1/2 ounces Jose Cuervo Tradicional reposado tequila
- ½ ounce hum botanical liqueur
- ½ ounce yuzu juice
- Lemon peel for garnish
- Add all ingredients except garnish to a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a lemon peel after expressing the natural oils over the drink and rubbing the peel around the rim of the glass.
Note: This post is sponsored by Jose Cuervo, but my opinions, pictures and the recipe are all my own.