We once again find ourselves in the awkward limbo between Summer and Fall. I crave the fall flavors of pumpkin, apple, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. But, the reality is it is still 90 degrees outside.
How do I get my seasonal fix with the heat?
Well, margaritas are also a terrific choice regardless of the time of year. To make this timeless classic a bit more seasonally appropriate, I added the spiciness of ginger to the mix.
A simple ginger syrup is all you need to elevate the cocktail to a superb Fall cocktail. TO balance the spicy flavor of the ginger I add a bit of pineapple juice for sweetness. Margaritas are already sour, so without something sweet sour and spicy are not the best pairing.
You can use a standard margarita mix and pineapple juice if you prefer. However, I find fresh juices really elevate a cocktail. Especially for a cookout or any get together where this is your signature cocktail.
Ready to give this Fall margarita a try?
1.5 ounces Tequila
3/4 ounces Triple Sec
2 ounces Pineapple Juice
1 Tablespoon Ginger Syrup (see recipe below)
2 ounces Lime Juice
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon Ginger, roughly chopped
Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes. Remover from heat and let steep until cool. Strain and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to use.
If you prefer, salt the rim of your cocktail glass. Add ice and set the glass aside. In a shaker combine the tequila, triple sec, pineapple juice, lime juice, and ginger syrup. Shake well and strain into your glass. Garnish with a slice of ginger and lime. Serve cold and enjoy immediately.