While we’re the first to declare our love for the classic margarita, sometimes it pays to mix things up a little — or in this case, spice them up. Seeing as we can’t break bread and clink glasses with our nearest and dearest at Grey Lynn neighbourhood favourite Lilian, we’re doing the next best thing, which is making the restaurant’s orange and chilli margarita to ring in the weekend. Find the lip-smacking recipe below.
Lilian’s Orange & Chilli Margarita Recipe
Small amount of fresh red chilli to taste, chopped
5ml agave syrup
45ml tequila (Lilian recommends using El Jimador Reposado)
20ml fresh orange juice
25ml fresh lime juice
Orange slice to garnish
1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the red chilli in the bottom with the agave syrup.
2. Add the tequila, Cointreau, orange juice and lime juice to the shaker.
3. Shake vigorously and double strain over ice (preferably a large cube or sphere) into a short rocks glass with a salt rim.
4. Garnish with a slice of orange.