The Tommy’s Margarita is a lovely little twist on the classic Margarita by Julio Bermejo, switching agave nectar in place of the typical orange liqueur used to balance the acidity of the lime juice. He created the recipe in the 90s for his family’s Mexican Restaurant called Tommy’s Mexican in San Francisco California, where the drink is still popular to this day.
Removing the orange liqueur gives the recipe more room to focus on the tequila (or whatever your preferred agave spirit is) as none of the alcoholic content of the recipe is used on orange liqueur. It’s also one less bottle you need, handy if you’re just starting your home bar selection. Read More
We do love the character a hint of orange brings to a Margarita, so our recipe calls for a little orange peel to be added to the shaker with the ingredients to release essential oils into the drink as it’s shaken. We think this gives the drink the best of both worlds. Both fragrant hints of orange and a Margarita that focuses on the agave.
For another twist, try the ‘Sonoran Tommy’ Margarita. A twist on the Tommy’s Margarita using Kilinga Bacanora Silvestre and a kumquat for the orange character.
- 60 ml BLANCO TEQUILA (2 parts)
- 30 ml FRESH LIME JUICE (1 part)
- 15 ml AGAVE NECTAR (1/2 PART)
How to make it
- 1 – Cut an orange twist and pinch it over the top of your open cocktail shaker to express the oils into the shaker. As you would if you were garnishing a drink with a twist. Then drop the orange peel into the shaker.
- 2 – Add all other ingredients to the orange peel in the shaker.
- 3 – Fill the shaker with ice and shake hard.
- 4 – Strain into a small highball or lowball glass.
- 5 – Garnish with a thin cut lime wheel and serve.
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