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The Merry Margarita | A Tropical Christmas Cocktail


Did you know that pineapples used to be prized fruits that only the elite could afford? It’s hard to believe people used to rent pineapples just to show how affluent they were. If you dined at someone’s house and they had a pineapple centerpiece, or better yet, the fruit to eat, you were being shown the utmost in hospitality! As so many of us gather for celebrations with friends and family during the holiday season, what better way to show your guests they deserve the very best? Read on for the recipe to this tropical Christmas cocktail!

This margarita is everything I want this time of year. I live in Los Angeles, and the weather is still in the 80s, so refreshing spiced drinks that remind me of the holidays are just the thing! Probably also why iced PSLs do so well here. Ha! To bring out the spices in the margarita, I made a clove brown sugar syrup. A couple drops of Angostura bitters amp up all those baking spice notes too. With all the deeper warming flavors, this drink calls for a more robust reposado tequila to match. I hope you have fun drinking these with your friends this month and feel a little more merry because of it!




Merry Margarita

by Laura Lindsay


2 oz El Tesoro Reposado Tequila

.5 oz Cointreau Noir

.5 oz clove brown sugar syrup(see recipe below)

1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice

.5 oz freshly pressed pineapple juice

2 dashes Angostura Bitters


Glass: Fancy Pineapple or Rocks Glass

Method: Shake all ingredients together and strain over ice into glass

Garnish: Lime twist


Clove Brown Sugar Syrup:
4 oz organic dark brown sugar
4 oz water
30 whole cloves
Add cloves to a pan with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and add sugar. Stir until all sugar crystals are incorporated. Let cool and sit overnight(around 12 hours).  Fine strain into a clean container. Refrigerate after bottling.


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