Recipe: Margarita with Cilantro and Watermelon Radish

The Freshest Margarita at Mixologia Milagro Tequila event

A couple of months ago, I attended a Mixologia media dinner at Paradise Farms hosted by Milagro Tequila. We toured the farm at sunset, guided by owner and farmer Gabrielle Marewski.

After that, we made our own margaritas, guided by Milagro tequila ambassador, Jaime Salas. The surrounding farm provided many of the cocktail ingredients.

Milagro tequila ambassador, Jaime Salas, instructs members of the media on making tequila cocktails. The class was a little unruly by the end of dinner. (Photo by Jipsy Castillo)

We started with The Freshest Margarita. The recipe is deceptively simple. As is the case with many classic cocktails, when made with quality, fresh ingredients, the finished whole alchemizes into something surprisingly more complex in flavor. “The simpler your margarita recipe the more the nuances of the tequila can shine through,” says Salas. Fresh lime juice makes a big difference, too.

The Freshest Margarita
Recipe by Jaime Salas

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

2 parts Milagro Tequila
1 part fresh lime juice
¾ part agave nectar
Ice
Salt (optional)
Garnish: lime wheel

Combine ingredients with ice and shake. Strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass and garnish with a lime wheel. Salt is optional.

 

Watermelon radish (Photo by Jipsy Castillo)

My favorite cocktail was the one I am calling the Paradise Farms Margarita. The drink greets you with the aroma of  lime and cilantro. The cilantro and watermelon radish add a lovely herbal note to the tequila drink. The tie-dyed-pink radish isn’t as spicy as some other radishes and it makes a striking garnish. If you can’t find watermelon radish at your farmers’ market, you can substitute the more traditional variety, although they will imbue your cocktail considerable more potent “radish-y” spice and flavor.

 Paradise Farms Margarita
Recipe by Jaime Salas

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

2 parts Milagro Silver Tequila
1 part fresh lime juice
3/4 parts local honey (1:1) or light agave nectar
1 hearty pinch of cilantro
3 watermelon radish rounds
Ice
Extra watermelon radish round for garnish

Muddle the cilantro and 3 rounds of radish in a rocks glass. Then, combine the tequila, lime juice and honey with ice in a shaker. After shaking, strain and pour into glass with the cilantro and radish. Strain all of these together into a new rocks glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a watermelon radish slice.

 

Dewey LoSasso, executive chef at The Forge, created a dinner to pair with our tequila cocktails, including this carambola cake for dessert. (Photo by Jipsy Castillo)

 

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