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Cocktail Creators: Fresh Twists on the Margarita

National Margarita Day 2020 was officially Feb. 22, but when you’re as popular as the margarita, isn’t every day really your day?

The margarita is so beloved that many establishments have expanded Margarita Day and corresponding drink specials to Margarita Week and even Margarita Month. In celebration of the margarita, a few of the Front Range’s top margarita makers were kind enough to share some of their favorite interpretations of this iconic cocktail.

Every day is Margarita Day at Centro Mexican Kitchen, where marg offerings include the Sombrita. Photo courtesy of Centro.

Centro Mexican Kitchen: Sombrita

Centro Mexican Kitchen {950 Pearl Street, Boulder; 303.442.7771} offers multiple takes on the margarita, including the mezcal-fueled Sombrita. Simultaneously smoky and fruity, the Sombrita is a well-balanced margarita both refreshing and complex.

In an ice-filled shaker, add:

  • 1 1/2 ounces Sombra mezcal

  • 3/4 ounce triple sec or other orange liqueur

  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice

  • 1/2 ounce fresh grapefruit juice

  • Dash of agave syrup

Shake vigorously. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass rimmed with smoked sea salt and garnish with a grapefruit wheel. CENTROMEXICAN.COM

Comida’s Cara Frink conceived The Baby Maker as a margarita that is “a little spicy, a little sweet, and perfectly balanced.” Photo courtesy of Comida.

Comida: The Baby Maker

Comida’s {2501 Dallas Street, Aurora; 303.484.1632} cocktails have generated as much buzz as its food, thanks in part to Bar Manager Cara Frink’s refreshing variations on the margarita. One adaptation that has proven a hit is The Baby Maker; “it’s a little spicy, a little sweet, and perfectly balanced,” Frink says, “plus it’s a fun name for a margarita!”

In an ice-filled shaker, add:

  • 1 1/2 ounces Suerte Blanco tequila

  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice

  • 1 ounce Aperol

  • 1/2 ounce strawberry-jalapeño shrub*

Shake to combine and strain into an ice-filled glass rimmed with Tajin (a seasoning of chili peppers, lime, and salt available at most well-stocked grocery stores). Garnish with a lime wheel.

*Strawberry-jalapeño shrub is a syrupy but acidic mix of strawberries, jalapeños, sugar, and vinegar. It can be purchased premade or made at home; there are a number of recipes for strawberry-jalapeño shrub available online. EATCOMIDA.COM

Dos Santos

The Dos Tsunami has made a splash at past Top Taco events. Photo courtesy of Dos Santos.

Dos Santos: Dos Tsunami

You won’t find the Dos Tsunami on the drink menu at Dos Santos {1475 East 17th Avenue, Denver; 303.386.3509}, but this invigorating margarita rendition took Top Taco 2017 by storm. The same year, Dos Santos proffered its recipe to DiningOut so others could make it at home.

In an ice-filled shaker, add:

  • 1 3/4 ounces De León tequila blanco

  • 2 ounces Teakoe Front Porch Peach tea

  • 1 ounce Backyard Soda Company mango-jalapeño simple syrup

  • 1 ounce guava nectar

  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

  • 2 pinches Tajin

  • Dash of agave syrup

Shake well and strain into an ice-filled glass. DOSSANTOSTACOS.COM

Los Chingones Margarita

Los Chingones’ Los Poma-Mango-Rita was another Top Taco margarita hit. File photo.

Los Chingones: Los Poma-Mango-Rita

Although the Los Poma-Mango-Rita no longer graces Los Chingones’ {multiple locations} menus, its exhilarating fruit flavors are hard to forget. This margarita variant has also popped up at past Top Taco events, and Los Chingones offered its recipe to DiningOut in the summer of 2015.

In an ice-filled shaker, add:

  • 2 ounces Patrón Reposado tequila

  • 1 ounce sweet-and-sour mix*

  • 1 ounce pomegranate-mango puree

  • 1/2 ounce lime juice

Shake well and strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with a mango twist and lime wheel.

*There are numerous brands of sweet-and-sour mix available at stores, but you can also make your own at home to taste; most recipes call for approximately equal portions of fresh lemon and lime juice mixed with simple syrup. LOSCHINGONESMEXICAN.COM

Tamayo stocks more than 100 different tequilas, which flavor diverse margarita variations such as the Pepino. File photo.

Tamayo: Pepino

A longtime staple on Tamayo’s {1400 Larimer Street, Denver; 720.946.1433} drink menu, the Pepino has also been a favorite accompaniment to Tamayo’s offerings at Denver’s annual Top Taco events. Back in the summer of 2015, Tamayo let DiningOut in on the secrets to this spicy yet crisp cocktail.

In an ice-filled shaker, add:

  • 1 1/2 ounces jalapeño-infused blanco tequila

  • 1 1/2 ounces cucumber puree

  • 1/2 ounce agave nectar

  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

Shake to combine and strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with a cucumber slice. EATTAMAYO.COM

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