Modern Margaritas

“Sometimes the best way to move forward is to go back to the beginning,” says Andy Seymour, one of four mixologists who have lent their skills to create a modern interpretation of America’s most popular cocktail, the Margarita. King Cocktail Dale DeGroff, mixologist Junior Merino and bar chef Adam Seger of Chicago’s Nacional 27 joined Seymour in creating Corzo Modern Margaritas, each designed for more contemporary tastes. 

When creating a cocktail, “take a look at the drink’s origins,” says Seymour, “and find a parallel to drink makers’ trends of today.”   Modern Margarita variations transcend the traditional Margarita glass with the use of stemless glassware.  Recipes also incorporate alternative sources of sweeteners such as fresh agave syrup, an ingredient unique to Mexico, and Corzo Tequila, which combines the age-old secrets of Mexican tequila making along with an advanced production process that triple distills and twice mellows the tequila in American white oak barrels for smoothness and flavor.  As for the classic salted rim, modern versions call for the addition of pepper to the salt mix as seen in Segar’s Corzo Modernita or the combination of chocolate and ancho chili powder in DeGroff’s Corzo Mayan Margarita.  Some even suggest salting half of the rim, as every sip need not be the same. 
           
New mixology techniques include “the hard shake,” which makes the drink colder and better balanced.  Large cubes made from purified water prevent flavors from diluting.  And lastly, these cocktails use savory ingredients such as ginger, jalapeno and pepper – all trends that are popping up at hot bars across the nation.  “We all have read about the culinary cocktails that are appearing around the country and, for that matter, all around the world.  There has been a change in the DNA of the cocktail, an evolutionary jump,” says DeGroff.

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• Corzo Mayan Margarita

• Corzo Modernita

• Corzo La Futura

• Corzo Postmodern

Corzo Mayan Margarita
Created by Dale Degroff

1 1/2 parts Corzo Reposado
1 Tbsp red pepper jelly or half red pepper half jalapeño pepper jelly
1/2 part Agave Nectar
1 part fresh lime juice
Orange slice
Unsweetened chocolate powder mixed with ancho chili powder; 2 parts chocolate powder to one part chili powder to dust the rim of the glass. 

Prepare the rim of the glass with a dusting of the chocolate /chili mixture by wetting the rim with an orange slice.  Fill the glass with cracked ice. Assemble the ingredients in the glass half of a Boston shaker and shake very well with ice.  Strain into the prepared glass. And serve immediately.

• Corzo Modernita

• Corzo La Futura

• Corzo Postmodern

Corzo Modernita
Created by Adam Seger

2 parts Corzo Anejo
1 part agave nectar
Juice and zest of 1 lime
Zest of 1/2 lemon

Build in a 16-ounce pint glass. Shake vigorously with fresh ice until metal part of shaker is frosted. Strain into a kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper rimmed Martini glass. Float a sprig of fresh rosemary on top.

• Corzo Mayan Margarita

• Corzo La Futura

• Corzo Postmodern

Corzo La Futura
Created by Junior Merino

1 ½ part Corzo Silver
¾ part Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
¾ part pineapple juice
1 part fresh lime juice
½ part agave nectar

Pour all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake and pour into a Margarita glass or rocks glass.  Garnish with a slice of crystallized ginger and lemon peel.

• Corzo Mayan Margarita

• Corzo Modernita

• Corzo Postmodern

Corzo Postmodern
Created by Andy Seymour

2 parts Corzo Reposado
¼ part medium dry sherry
½ part premium orange Cognac
¾ part fresh lemon juice
¼ part agave nectar               
1 bar spoon blood orange bitters

Begin by chilling a medium sized cocktail glass. Then, in a tall mixing glass add all ingredients:  bitters, agave nectar, lemon juice, Grand Marnier, sherry and Corzo Reposado.  Fill mixing glass with ice and shake vigorously.  Strain mixture into cocktail glass and garnish with a wide twist of lemon zesting the oil over the drink and rimming the glass before floating twist.

• Corzo Mayan Margarita

• Corzo Modernita

• Corzo La Futura

 

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