“When I was introduced to the Tequila Daisy, it was eye-opening,” says Laura Maddox, who credits the simple sour as the drink that got her into bartending. She cites the combination of lemon and tequila (rather than the more common lime-tequila pairing) as particularly captivating, especially in the land of Margaritas. It sent her down a rabbit hole of classic drinks that continue to inform the core of the work she and her team carry out at Small Victory. Her version departs from the original only in fine-tuning the ratios.
- 1 1/2 ounces blanco tequila, preferably Cascahuín Tahona
- 3/4 ounce orange liqueur
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice
- 1/4 ounce simple syrup
Garnish: sugar (to rim the glass), orange flower water
- To prepare a coupe or cocktail glass, rim the edge with sugar.
- Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until chilled.
- Strain into the prepared coupe or cocktail glass.
- Garnish with 3 drops of orange flower water.