In Mexico they drink tequila.
In Italy they drink grappa.
But tonight, these two meet and make magic.
For those who aren’t familiar – grappa is a traditional Italian alcoholic drink. Typically, grappa is stored in the freezer and sipped after dinner, or added to espresso in the morning (sounds like a perfect way to start the day, no?).
Grappa isn’t for the faint of heart – it’s fairly strong – an acquired taste. As such, some might find it incredibly odd to pair a grappa based liqueur with tequila. But bear with me. While doing research on interesting liqueurs with solid reviews, I read about Bortolo Nardini Tagliatella Bassano Liqueur and became intrigued.
According to the Bortolo Nardi website, this grappa based liqueur has notes of floral, spice, sour cherry, citrus, and herbs. I thought blending this sweet and spicy liqueur with tequila, just might create a beautiful craft margarita–I was right.
After playing around with some fresh herbs and fruits, I came up with this incredibly delicious craft margarita. This is a classic margarita with hints of floral, spice, and balanced by some fresh muddled mint.
If you’re looking for something fun, yet dignified – this incredibly delicious craft margarita is for you!
- 2 oz Casamigos Blanco Tequila (or any quality blanco tequila- tonight I used Casamingos)
- 1 oz Bortolo Nardini Tagliatella Bassano Liqueur
- 1 oz Agave Nectar
- 2 0z Water
- 4 Fresh Mint leaves
- Juice from 1 Fresh Pressed Organic Lime
- 1 Slice Organic Orange, peeled
- Coarse Sea Salt & Raw Sugar (for rim)
- Rim one side of glass with lime, and dip into a plate of mixed sea salt & raw sugar- put in freezer to set.
- Break up mint leaves and place in the bottom of a shaker with orange slice, and agave - muddle well. Add ice and remaining ingredients. Shake violently for at least 30 seconds (or until shaker is freezing cold on the outside).
- Retrieve salted glass from freezer, place fresh ice into glass (I prefer one over sized cube), pour contents of shaker over ice, garnish with lime and mint - enjoy! Cheers!