This margarita recipe was inspired by a delicious drink I had at Cactus, one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in the world.
With the addition of quince paste, the classic margarita becomes perfectly appropriate for fall. The quince adds a fruity, earthy flavor and color to this tangy, refreshing beverage.
For a splendid fall cocktail party, why not serve quince margaritas with a platter of luscious Duck Rumaki?
Are you ready for a sip?
The Quince Margarita
Mix together equal parts of:
fresh squeezed lime juice
fresh squeezed lemon juice
I used a hand held blender to achieve a smooth, frothy texture.
If you are having a fiesta, this mix can be made up a day in advance and stored, covered, in the refrigerator.
When you are ready to say “Olé”, pour the mix over a glass full of ice. Pour in a shot or so of good quality tequila and stir. Garnish with a few sprigs of cilantro (ours has marvelously gone to seed).
There are more margarita details to come, but first, I must share with you an amazing new feature at Cactus. In addition to splendid food, atmosphere, art and margaritas, Cactus offers something that is absolutely brilliant:
If you’d like to make quince paste, try this recipe from Epicurious, Quince Paste recipe .
** To make Simple Syrup: pour equal parts of sugar and water into a saucepan. Bring the liquid to a boil and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved (it only takes a few minutes). Allow the syrup to cool before adding it to the drink mix. Simple syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for months. Simple syrup can be found in most grocery stores, and there are many choices on Amazon.com.