You might be surprised to find that a Manhattan and margarita combined makes something quite tasty.
I will be the first to tell you that I am not a huge fan of tequila; however, this delicate, sophisticated drink is quite delectable. The key is to use a high-quality silver tequila such as Patron and serve it really cold. Silver tequilas are generally un-aged, being bottled right after distillation, while gold tequila is stored in barrels for aging. Made from agave plants, both styles have sweet undertones.
Maybe I had too much tequila in college or during one of my many trips to Cancun, but I found it hard to swallow or even smell tequila for quite some time. Of course, there isn’t much dignified or delicious about taking shots of tequila. I have learned to drink tequila like sipping whiskey or rum: Nose it gently with small sips and let it open up for you.
This cocktail is a mash between a Manhattan and a margarita. It is similar to, but different from the classic Manhattan because there are no bitters and it has more of a sweet-and-sour flavor using the tequila versus whiskey. It is similar to a margarita because it has a salted rim and hints of lime combined with tequila. Also like a margarita, it goes well with chips and salsa by the pool or beachside while devouring tacos.
If you are like me and want to give tequila a second chance, try this cocktail for a more mature take on the liquor. I assure you it will be better this time around.