“This is a fun, salty take on the classic,” says Wilson of her Tommy’s Margarita variation elevated by a salted citrus cordial. Rich simple syrup stands in for agave nectar: “I found through trial and error that a rich simple syrup was the way to go to support all the flavors I was trying to highlight,” she notes.
- 1 1/2 ounces El Tesoro Blanco tequila
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- 3/4 ounce salted citrus cordial (see Editor’s Note)
- 1/4 ounce rich simple syrup (see Editor’s Note)
Garnish: torched cinnamon stick, grapefruit peel
- Shake all ingredients with ice.
- Strain over fresh ice into a double Old-Fashioned glass.
- Use a match or small torch to burn one end of the cinnamon stick until fragrant. Twist a swath of grapefruit peel over the drink to express the essential oils. Cut the grapefruit swath into a narrow ribbon, and use it to tie a knot around the cinnamon stick.
Salted Citrus Cordial
4 Ruby Red grapefruit, zested and juiced (about 3 cups of juice)
2 navel oranges, zested and juiced (about 1/2 cup of juice)
3 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon Maldon sea salt
1. In a container, stir together citrus juices and sugar until the sugar dissolves.
2. Add the citrus zest and Maldon sea salt, stirring again until the salt is dissolved.
3. Cover the container and let it sit at room temperature overnight, then strain. The cordial
keeps, refrigerated, for up to two weeks.
Rich Simple Syrup
Stir 1 cup sugar into 1/2 cup hot water until sugar dissolves. Cool to room temperature. Keeps, refrigerated, for up to one month.