“The ‘spicy margarita’ order reminds me of the ‘fruity martini’ order of five years ago,” says Dan Greenbaum of Attaboy, the menu-free bar on New York’s Lower East Side. “It’s easy for bartenders to roll our eyes at it because the order is now cliché and a lot of the people that order it are basic, but it’s hard to deny that the combination works.”
Greenbaum’s Mexican Razor Blade is anything but basic. Simple but bold, the drink is a mix of cucumber, lime, syrup and tequila or mezcal, depending on the customer’s inclination towards smokiness.
The basic formula for the drink—citrus-driven agave base, sweetener, some heat—lends itself to adapting, which Greenbaum encourages. “You can swap in agave nectar or honey as the sweetener. If you have fresh chiles, you can throw them in there instead. Adding strawberries or other fruit can work well too.”