Margarita Svenska

December 15th, 2010  |  Published in fall, housemade, liqueur, mixers, recipes, seasonal, tequila, yuletide  |  8 Comments

I am sort of loathe to post yet another margarita recipe this year, but I’m excited about this one. It’s an original variation, and it also scored me a lovely holiday gift.

Most of the cocktail-types I know—be they bartenders or just appreciators of the craft—are also into food to some degree. Many of the best cocktail bars are located in very nice restaurants, so good drinks and good food naturally go hand-in-hand. As such it’s probably no surprise that I have a huge stable of cookbooks that I’m constantly poking around in and cooking from, and one of my absolute favorites is Rick Bayless’ Authentic Mexican. Every single recipe I’ve made has been a winner, and I even spent an entire day making a four-course dinner from its pages: Spicy Jicama and Tangerine Salad, Queso Fundido, Refried Beans and Nuevo León-Style Tamales. It’s was all amazingly delicious, so you can imagine my excitement when I saw this on Rick Bayless’ Twitter feed:

I’m gving 10 personalizd ‘Fiesta at Rick’s’ 2 winners of my cocktail contest! Details: http://bit.ly/ij7etC nxt post:recipe ,makes 12 drnks

Translated from Twitter-speak, hopefuls were charged with putting a holiday twist on the classic Topolobampo margarita and submitting the recipe for a chance to win a personalized copy of Bayless’ new cookbook, Fiesta at Rick’s. Naturally, my interest was piqued and I set about digging through the bar and cupboards in search of flavors that I associate with the holidays: cardamom, cloves, ginger, saffron and lingonberries. Slightly unusual, but I’m half Swedish. We eat, um, interesting things.

After much shaking, tasting and surprise, the resulting margarita is tart, sweet and a little bit spicy with the flavors of my family’s julbord. Luckily, others enjoyed the idea as well—it won me a copy of Fiesta at Rick’s for my very own!

Margarita Svenska
(single cocktail)

½ oz Rhum Clément Creole Shrubb orange liqueur
1½ oz Centenario Rosangel tequila
1 oz lime juice
¼ oz simple syrup or ginger syrup
2 tsp lingonberry preserves

garnish: ginger salt, lime wheel, candied ginger

Ginger Salt
½ tsp powdered ginger
2 Tbsp kosher salt

Add both spices to a small bowl and mix well to combine.

For the margarita:
Rim a glass with ginger salt, fill with ice and set aside.

In a shaker, combine all the ingredients with ice and shake until cold and well combined. Strain into the prepared glass, garnish with the lime wheel and a slice of candied ginger and serve.

Margarita Svenska
(for eight)

4 oz Rhum Clément Creole Shrubb orange liqueur
12 oz Centenario Rosangel tequila
8 oz lime juice
2 oz simple syrup or ginger syrup
⅓ c lingonberry preserves

garnish: ginger salt, lime wheel, candied ginger

Ginger Salt
1½ tsp powdered ginger
6 Tbsp kosher salt

Add both spices to a small bowl and mix well to combine.

For the margarita:
Rim serving glasses with ginger salt, fill with ice and set aside.

In a pitcher, combine the lime juice, simple syrup and lingonberry preserves. Muddle well with a muddler, or stir vigorously to break up the preserves. Add the remaining ingredients to the pitcher, fill with ice and stir until cold and well combined. Strain into the prepared glasses, garnish each with the lime wheel and a slice of candied ginger and serve.

If you’ve never tried lingonberries, they are a small, red fruit that grows on shrub-like bushes and have a flavor very similar to cranberries. Along with cloudberries, gooseberries and currants, they are a favorite of Scandinavians and in this country are most often found (since the fruits grow best in cold climates) as preserves or jams. They impart a sweet-tart fruity flavor to the drink, which is deepened via the combination of lime juice and sugar. I chose Creole Shrubb in lieu of a triple sec because of the earthy, rhum agricole base of the liqueur. It has a robust flavor that can stand up to the other flavors in the drink, while the Rosangel adds a delicious fruity note from the hibiscus infusion. I think it’s a pretty neat little holiday margarita, and I hope you enjoy it. Skål!

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Responses

  1. Tiare says:

    December 15th, 2010at 12:13 pm(#)

    I didn´t know you`re half swedish?! – i so very well recognize the julbord..since i grew up with it. I don´t like everything on it but some of the things yes. So its the lingonberry then that makes the Margarita “half swedish” and a bit tart, i should try it, its just that lingonberry sounds so odd to use in a Mrgarita;-) but i don´t doubt its good. The photos are really beautiful, as always on your blog.

  2. Marleigh says:

    December 15th, 2010at 12:29 pm(#)

    Thanks Tiare! I am indeed half Swedish—my grandparents came to the United States during WWII, but we originally hailed from Skåne. I, too, thought the lingonberries would fail miserably in a margarita but in this case they actually worked nicely!

  3. Tiare says:

    December 15th, 2010at 12:57 pm(#)

    I have roots in Skåne too since my real mother is from there and my grandma too but i was not born there myself though but been there many times since my grandmom lives there near the sea.

  4. DavidS says:

    December 16th, 2010at 9:21 am(#)

    Excellent use for the lingering lingonberries, and since I’ve found few Margaritas as fine as Bayliss’, it sounds perfect.

  5. HD says:

    December 16th, 2010at 1:58 pm(#)

    Love your site, bookmarked it for my husband as well. Although, while I (very unfortuantely) cannot drink for several months now, I wondered if you have ever accomplished that surreal task of creating a decent non-alcholic drink for all those pregnant women out there?! Anything at all? Happy holidays.

  6. DIA says:

    December 16th, 2010at 6:14 pm(#)

    This recipe is right up our alley – we’re big fans of including jam in drinks but have yet to see a margarita version. Love it.

    More Jam Cocktails here: http://www.drinkinginamerica.com/jam-cocktails/

    Cheers,
    DIA

  7. Marleigh says:

    December 17th, 2010at 2:36 pm(#)

    HD: I haven’t attempted any non-alcoholic cocktails, as I tend to either be drinking or really not drinking. There is a book tailored toward that, though: Preggatinis: Mixology for the Mom-to-be

    Cheers!

    DIA: Thanks! Hope you enjoy it.

  8. Margarita Svenska | The Rumbling Tummy says:

    December 27th, 2010at 9:46 am(#)

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