With its grounding in earthy, slightly grassy agave tequila, and its tangy lime-juice kick, the classic margarita is, well, classic. Sometimes you want to stretch the classics, though, and this pale orange margarita variation does just that. The tangerine juice gives it citrus personality, adding just the right complexity to the orange-slice sweetness of the Cointreau. We call for a squeeze of Meyer lemon at the end—the venerable California backyard variety has gentle acidity and a lovely aroma. You could substitute a spritz from a standard Eureka-variety lemon and nobody would blame you—especially if you brought them a margarita. Enjoy.
Makes 1 cocktail
1 1/2 ounces añejo tequila
1 ounce freshly squeezed tangerine juice
1 ounce triple sec orange liqueur, preferably Cointreau
Thin lemon slice, preferably from the Meyer variety
Fill a glass with ice. Pour in the tequila, tangerine juice, and orange liqueur. Squeeze the lemon slice into the glass and stir. Drop the squeezed lemon into the margarita as garnish. Cheers.
Photo and animated GIF by Chris Rochelle