Nothing screams warm weather happy hour more than an ice-cold margarita. It's one of my favorites, but this season, I've started to experiment with my version of the classic drink in an effort to find a new updated and unusual go-to combination. And lo be have it, I think I've found just the thing I've been looking for.
I started my research with the classic margarita -- made with 100% lime juice. Then, I went on to experiment with sweet and deep red blood orange juice. It made for a cocktail wonderful for easy sipping throughout the winter, but for spring, I wanted something more, well... flowery?
Then entered creme de violette. Four years ago, I discovered St-Germain, a delightfully sweet liqueur that is now one of my favorite go-tos for adding flavor and aroma to light-bodied white wines and proseccos. From the same family that makes St-Germain comes Creme Yvette, a retro violet-vanilla liqueur with a deep purple color. Sweet, slightly flowery, I thought it to be just the mixer for a margarita made with lemon juice to cut the sweetness.
Made with the same technique as my classic margarita, this slightly-sweet, not too strong cocktail is just perfect for a cocktail hour beverage by the pool or a signature sipper to serve at your next soiree.
1 part fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 part Creme Yvette or another creme de violette liqueur
1 part tequila
Ice, for shaking
Lemon, for garnish
In a shaker or glass measuring cup, combine liquids and ice. Shake well until cool and ice is half melted. Strain into martini glass (served up) or into lowball with the ice.