Ginger cayenne margarita--a killer cocktail recipe
Michelle Leon ginger cayenne margarita
Our search for the ultimate summer cocktail continues with this selection that is simultaneously spicy, sweet, and tart. With just a dash of cayenne, this take on a classic margarita captures all the traditional notes, but the ginger and cayenne give the drink an exotic touch.
Domaine De Canton is a French cognac-based liqueur infused with Vietnamese baby ginger that expertly captures the brightness of fresh ginger but mellows it out with hints of vanilla and honey, while the cognac adds woodsy warmth. This liqueur mixes well with citrus, so it is an interesting alternative in many cognac- or brandy-based cocktails, including the Sidecar. A bottle of Domaine De Canton will run about $30-$34. For a budget substitution, add fresh ginger to inexpensive brandy or cognac and let infuse to desired spiciness--about one to three days.
Ginger Cayenne Margarita
2 oz Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
1 oz tequila
1 oz pineapple juice
½ oz lime juice
dash of cayenne pepper
dash of salt
Salt the rim of a chilled glass, if desired. Add all ingredients to an ice-filled shaker and shake. Fill chilled glass with ice, then add strained cocktail. Garnish with lime, pineapple, or crystallized ginger.