Orange Turmeric Margaritas are a sweet and smoky take on the classic cocktail. Homemade simple syrup. fresh juice and a salty, spiced rim make these drinks extra special but are still easy to make.
Celebrate National Margarita Day with a margarita from scratch! Seriously….step away from that bottle of margarita mix! Learn how to make a margarita with just a few real ingredients!
We are less than 60 days into 2016, and without even knowing it, we’ve already missed, National Static Electricity Day (Jan 9), Squirrel Appreciation Day (Jan 21) and National Create a Vacuum Day (Feb 4). You can’t make this stuff up….except you can because if you go to the National Day Calendar you can discover all the wonderful, and mostly unofficial, celebrations you’ve been missing. But today is NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY!!!
Sorry to shout but I love margaritas so I’m excited to share a margarita recipe with you!
The margarita is a wonderful concoction, a classic cocktail of debated origin, but its long been a bar staple. Originally, the recipe consisted of just four ingredients: tequila, triple sec, lime juice and salt. Nowadays, its pretty unusual to get a margarita without some sort of sweetener. If you are particularly unlucky, your margarita might include some sort of sour mix as a substitute for the lime juice. But sour mix in a margarita is a mortal sin in terms of bartending…
That’s not to say there’s no room for variation! Two of my go to margarita flavors are watermelon and cucumber, but this Orange Turmeric Margarita is becoming a fast favorite. It’s sweet, loaded with fresh orange flavor and smoky thanks to the turmeric. Turmeric? I know it might sound as crazy as National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day (Jan 25) but I promise you its so good! The turmeric intensifies the orange color and adds a bit of earthiness to the cocktail. This recipe is fresh, simple and a great way to celebrate the magic and versatility of the margarita!
Turmeric adds a smoky flavor to this margarita. If you like a sweeter margarita, use two ounces of orange juice, instead of one.
- 1 cup organic sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 TB turmeric
- 1 oz gold tequila
- 1 oz triple sec
- 1-2 oz fresh orange juice
- 1 oz of simple syrup
- 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/2 tsp ancho chili powder
- 2 tsp coarse salt
In a small sauce pan, combine sugar, water and turmeric.
Place over medium heat and bring to boil.
Cook until sugar dissolves.
Strain syrup through a coffee filter.
Combine ancho, turmeric and salt on a small plate and mix to combine.
Wet the top of a glass with a wedge of orange and sip in spice mix.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add orange juice, tequila, triple sec and simple syrup and shake.
Pour into glass and serve with orange wedges.
Simple syrup recipe will make multiple cocktails
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