The perfect margarita recipe just in time for National Tequila Day

The perfect margarita recipe just in time for National Tequila Day

National Tequila Day may sound a bit more like a marketing scheme than an actual holiday, but we're still celebrating here in Albuquerque with the help of our friends at Zacatecas Tacos + Tequila. The authentic Mexican restaurant (named after the region in Mexico known for its classic, cross cultural blend of foods and recipes) is a popular spot for not only happy hour, but also a delicious meal. The soft tacos with fresh organic ingredients are creations of award-winning chef, Mark Kiffin. 

We snagged this fun version of the prickly pear margarita - Brisa Fresca - from the restaurant in honor of National Tequila Day. Try and make one at home, or head on over to the restaurant for a cocktail crafted by the pros.

Brisa Fresca

Ingredients 

1.5 oz. Don Julio Silver

1.0 oz. Cointreau  

1.0 oz. Fresh Lime Juice 

.5 oz. Prickly Pear Purée

.5 oz. Agave Syrup

Ice 

Salt (or sugar) for rim of glass - optional

Directions

1. Add fresh lime juice to shaker 

Sqeeze - Liz Lopez

2. Add Don Julio Blanco tequila, Cointreau, agave syrup and prickly pear purée to shaker 

Add ingredients - Liz Lopez

3. Add ice. Shake.

Ice - Liz Lopez 

4. Prepare glass with salt or sugar rim, pour/strain into glass.   

Pour - Liz Lopez

5. Enjoy!

Cheers - Liz Lopez 

Cheers! 

Editor's Notes: If this whet your whistle, check out more great New Mexican recipes here. The recipe above comes courtesy of Zacateca's Tacos + Tequila.  

 

Kelly

Kelly enjoys hiking in the Sandias, admiring the Albuquerque sunset from a rooftop patio and being a foster mom for dogs at a local animal shelter. She is a Wisconsin native and a fan of craft beer and crossword puzzles. She recently relocated from Albuquerque to Georgia. 

 

Kelly was the Social Communications & ABQ365 Manager for Visit Albuquerque until December 2014. The opinions shared on this blog are her own.   

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