Friday Happy Hour: The Zanahorita

Ok, I have a confession.  I make a crappy margarita.

What’s that you say?  You live in San Diego, 30 miles or so from the border – you of all people – with your love of cocktails and spicy Mexican food this should have been something in your arsenal a long time ago.

I agree.  But mine always tend to come out too tequila-y, too sweet, too lime-y, too something where you can tell it’s just not right.  I won’t use a mix, because a) that’s cheating, and b) they vary from too sweet to just plain nasty.

But no more with the bad margaritas!

My rescue came in the form of the latest Imbibe Magazine (your guide to liquid culture…), which has some new summer drink recipes.  The other night we tried one that we LOVED and instantly declared The. House. Margarita. This. Summer.

Zanahorita

Mix the following in a shaker with ice:
2 oz reposado tequila
¾ oz cointreau or triple-sec
1 oz carrot juice
¾ oz fresh lime juice
½ oz orange juice
½ oz simple syrup

Shake vigorously and strain into a glass with fresh ice (salted or not, depending on taste) and THEN sprinkle the top of the drink with ground cumin. (Yes, that’s right — cumin — don’t argue with me)

The carrot-cumin-tequila-salt-citrus blend is both incredibly smooth and gives this drink a rare exotic feel.

Trust me — it might sound a little strange.  It’s bueno.

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21 thoughts on “Friday Happy Hour: The Zanahorita

  1. Perhaps this is not appropriate for a family blog, but in the rss feed, here is what I seeOk, I have a confession. I make a crappy margarita. What’s that you
    say? You live in San Diego, 30 miles or so from the border – you of all
    people – with your love of cocktails and spicy Mexican food this should
    have been something in your arse…:)

  2. That doesn't sound a little strange, it sounds a lot strange! It also sounds worth trying.
    You don't have to make a good margarita when you live that close to the border. :)

  3. I just about did a spit take when I read mndoci's comment!I must say that this margarita sounds strange, but oddly enticing. I'll have to try it!

  4. I'm way skeptical of anything involving carrots, and especially carrot juice, but I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt—and try this <g>.

  5. really? carrot juice and cumin? huh… definitely not something i'd add into my margarita… i just like to go to restaurants and have them make margs FOR me. i'm that lazy. hehe.in fact, i'm so lazy, i'm just gonna get me a beer right now instead of making anything. hehe.mmm. beer. hehe.

  6. ps – i have a thing against carrot juice. heh. my mom used to make fresh carrot juice and make us drink it… it wouldn't have been bad if it was JUST carrot juice. but she added all sorts of weird and disgusting veggies into it. *shudder* i haven't had carrot juice since i moved out of her house. phew.

  7. Hm… that sounds awful. But I love Imbibe so it must be decent, if you say so. If you make a bad (regular) margarita, couldn't you just add another ingredient to get it right? E.g., too sweet – add some lime juice and/or tequila; too hot, add some lime juice or cointreau….?

  8. I can't made a good margarita either. By hand or from a mix. I'm not sure I like tequila at all actually, have yet to have a really good drink made with it. I've got most of these ingredients…I'm going to have to get the missing carrot juice and give this a shot.

  9. You know, grrrace, I don't think I have ever had carrot juice before. I was never very interested in it, thinking it was just for those Jimbo's/Whole Foods types of super-healthy eaters.
    Getting to combine it with tequila certainly made my first try of it pretty good! :D

  10. Hapa — you'd think that just adding a dash of this or that and I'd be able to correct my bad margarita's, but I never have been able to get it quite right — and as a chemist, that's vaguely appalling to me.

  11. I made this for Cinco de Beat Box and it was…interesting. I think I needed to add more cumin to the one that I drank but the other party goers seemed to like it. I'll have to try it again at another party.

  12. That sounds fantastic. :) I don't know how I missed this but I'll have to get to the liquor store and get ingredients so I can try this too.
    Awesome. :)

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