Since moving back to Huntington Beach, one of my favorite places to eat is at True Food Kitchen in Newport. They use fresh, seasonal ingredients and everything I’ve eaten there has been really delicious. Plus I’ve got a few friends who work there so it’s always fun to go visit them.
One of these friends is a bartender there and at one of my recent True Food visits, he made us their ever popular ginger margarita. Oh man, guys. It was SO good. Probably my favorite margarita ever (except maybe the Strawberry Jalapeno Margarita I had in Portland). The True Food Kitchen Ginger Margarita features Gran Centenario, St. Germain, ginger, and honey. Then they top all that off with an orange slice that they light on fire. Super fun, right?
Well, I’ve been craving one of these margaritas for a while. So much so that I seriously considered ordering one at like 11:00 am on a Thursday the last time I was there. Ya, it’s day-drinking good! But instead of going to True Food and ordering a cocktail at inappropriate times, I decided I’d try my hand at my own version of this delicious margarita.
I used Hornitas anejo tequila because it’s like half the price of Gran Centenario but still delicious (IMO). And instead of St. Germain, I used an organic ginger liqueur from Greenbar Distillery. As much as I love elderflower liqueur, it just seemed like a ginger margarita should have ginger liqueur. And not to knock the True Food ginger margarita since clearly I love it, but the ginger liqueur was a GREAT idea on my part! [Currently patting myself on the back.] The ginger kombucha adds a little extra ginger flavor, and a little bubbly sweetness while also toning down the alcohol a bit, but you could also use a sparkling water if that’s more your style. And I skipped the flaming orange part, because let’s be honest, me and fire is not a good combination.
So I don’t know if you’re into celebrating Cinco de Mayo or anything (I think the last time I did was four years ago when my college graduation happened to fall on Cinco de Mayo), but if you do, I think this Ginger Margarita would make a great, albeit slightly untraditional, addition to your festivities.
- 1 oz anejo tequila (I used Hornitas)
- 1 oz organic ginger liqueur (I used Greenbar Distillery)
- ½ lime, juiced (or lemon)
- 2-4 oz ginger kombucha, depending on how strong you like your drink (or sparkling water)
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- ¼ tsp salt (or sugar, if you prefer)
- lime wedge (for garnish)
- Add ice cubes, tequila, ginger liqueur, lime juice and kombucha to a cocktail shaker or glass jar and shake to combine.
- On a small plate, mix ground ginger and salt together.
- Rub lime wedge along rim of glass to moisten it.
- Dip the rim of the glass in ginger/salt mixture to coat the entire rim.
- Pour margarita into glass and top with lime wedge.
What’s your favorite margarita flavor? Are you a fan of the simple lime margarita or do you enjoy fun flavors?
In vibrant health,