Butane’s Better Margarita


2 oz El Tinieblo Joven mezcal
2 oz Gran Centenario Reposada tequila
1/2 oz Grand Marnier
the juice of 3 large, or 4 medium limes
1 oz – 2 oz filtered still water
A small squirt of organic agave nectar  – adjust to taste.
1/8 tsp of good quality unrefined sea salt – I use fine ground Real Salt brand from Utah, it has a nice mineral element.


Yields: 2 cocktails

1. Fill shaker with cubed or crushed ice. Add mezcal, tequila, grand marnier, lime juice, water, agave, and Shake. Shake. Shake.
2. Use one of the spent lime halves to wet the rim of your proper tumbler/glass.  Run the rim through the salt to your liking.  Add one very large ice cube to the glass.  Strain cocktail into glass. Drink. Dance.

You’d be surprised how difficult it is to find a properly made Margarita. So the old saying holds true: if you want something done right, do it yourself. I have settled on some rather specific spirits and fixin’s for this one. If you can’t find the exact brands called for here, thoughtful substitutes should yield a perfectly worthy cocktail. But as with anything simple, the devil is in the details, so choose wisely. Once you perfect this Margarita at home, I promise you’ll have a hard time finding a better one in any bar.

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