With the Mexican festival of Cinco de Mayo (5th May) upon us – this evening, and weekend, calls for a wealth of tequila.
This week’s featured cocktail recipe, no less, is from OXO Tower Restaurant bartender Sophie Bratt, having represented the UK and Europe in Patrón’s third annual ‘Margarita of the Year’ competition. Completing the competition as a finalist, the cocktail entered was ‘The English Garden Margarita’. A British twist on the classic margarita, the drink features Patrón Silver tequila, Patrón Citrónge Orange liqueur, green sugar snap peas and Earl Grey tea.
Speaking on the competition, Sophie Bratt said: “My margarita represents my favourite thing to do: find a garden in the middle of London to sit, read and relax in.”
1.5oz Patrón Silver
5oz Patrón Citrónge Orange
75oz fresh lemon juice
5oz apricot liqueur
5oz earl grey tea syrup*
3 drops orange flower water
2 sugar snap peas, one for garnish
2 sprigs mint, one for garnish
Pumpkin oil and smoked salt rim
*To make the earl grey tea syrup, combine simple syrup with hot water and 5 tea bags.
Add liquid ingredients to a cocktail shaker, along with 1 cracked sugar snap pea and 1 sprig of mint.
Fill cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously.
Use a fine strainer to strain into glass rimmed with pumpkin oil and smoked salt.
Garnish with mint sprig and sugar snap pea.
Further information on ‘The English Garden Margarita’, available at any Harvey Nichols bar in the UK and at the OXO Tower Restaurant, can be found at patrontequila.com.