Margarita Verde

Stacey Swenson, Dante | New York

In her aptly-named Margarita Verde, Stacey Swenson turbo-charges the grassy notes of blanco tequila with a house-made “garden cordial.” Consisting of fresh green bell pepper, snap peas, parsley, celery and agave nectar, it brightens the classic sour formula while a touch of salt draws out extra nuance. “It still feels like a cocktail not a smoothie,” assures Swenson.


Serving: 1

  • 1 3/4 ounces tequila, preferably El Tesoro Blanco
  • 1/2 ounce Salers
  • 3/4 ounce garden cordial (see Editor's Note)
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice
  • 2 dashes 20 percent saline solution
  • 2 dashes Tabasco green jalapeño sauce

Garnish: lime wheel, parsley sprig

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin and shake with ice.
  2. Strain into a rocks glass over ice.
  3. Garnish with a lime wheel and parsley sprig.
Editor's Note

Garden Cordial:
1 cup fresh green bell pepper juice
1 cup whole snap peas
1 handful parsley
1 cup fresh celery juice
2 cups agave nectar
1 cup water

Combine all ingredients in a Vitamix, blend well and fine strain.

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