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Margaritas Extend Beyond Typical Flavors

Posted: July 7, 2008

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Recently, margarita purveyors have exhibited much innovation and creativity, using unique fruits and spices. Many original combinations are also appearing on margarita menus for a signature spin on this versatile cocktail. Pomegranate has experienced meteoric growth on the cocktail menu, with a 56% year-over-year increase in margaritas alone.

At upscale Mexican eatery Border Grill, diners looking for a little kick with their cocktail can enjoy a Ginger Pomegranate Margarita. This innovative libation incorporates Don Julio Blanco tequila, muddled ginger, fresh orange juice and pomegranate. At T.G.I. Friday’s, diners can enjoy a sweet treat with the Fresh Raspberry Cherry 'Rita. This creation blends Cuervo Gold tequila, raspberry puree, cherry syrup, Leroux triple sec, margarita rocks mix and topped off with a sprig of mint.

Garden Variety

As restaurants become more creative with their cocktail menus, many are breaking convention to incorporate ingredients from the garden. Mint, basil, ginger and cilantro are just a few examples of unique cocktail incorporations. 

One of the most unique margarita ingredients spotted recently is avocado. At Aldeco Mexican Cuisine restaurant, diners can enjoy the signature Avocado Margarita. Fresh, light and creamy, the Avocado Margarita is made with Mexican Hass avocados, fresh lime juice, tequila, triple sec and served frozen in a martini glass rimmed with chili-lime salt. At upscale Asian eatery Chaya, diners can enjoy two cocktail favorites in one with the Mojito Margarita. This drink includes Mojito Island mix, fresh lemon-lime juice, triple sec and is garnished with fresh mint and lime.