Like anything, using quality ingredients will always ensure you get the best outcome, and we’ve found some, just in time for the festive season. Naturally, if you’re craving a delicious sip (read gulp) of traditional margarita, you might opt for fresh limes as your mixer; but for those open to a variation, Casamigos, the Tequilas and Mezcal established by long-time friends George Clooney, Rande Gerber, and Mike Meldman (you may have heard of them?), alongside Williams Sonoma, have launched a range of cocktail mixers and salts which just made the whole ‘DIY winning margarita thing’ a total triumph.
Cocktail Blackberry Basil Smash is a mixer made from fresh blackberries coupled with lemon juice and basil. When combined with the Blanco of your choice you can expect a fragrant and tangy aperitif with just the right amount of sweetness.
Then there’s the Cocktail Ginger Lime Mule, which fuses fresh ginger, lime, lemon and mandarin/orange juices. Team this with a Reposado and you’ll get more of a warming sweet-tart flavoured mixer. It’s good. To say the very least.
And the salts? For a cocktail with a kick, try salting the rim of your glass with either the Red Chile Salt or the Salty Sweet Orange Salt (it’s actually kind of ridiculous how good the salty-sweet orange tastes).
Our Blackberry Basil Smash Margarita includes:
Fresh Blackberries (garnish)
Fresh Basil (garnish)
60ml Casamigo Blanco Tequila
Casamigos Salty Sweet Orange Salt
90ml Casasmigos Blackberry Basil Smash Mixer
A glass of your choice
1. Thread your fresh blackberries and fresh basil onto a cocktail skewer and set aside
2. Lime the rim of your glass
3. Roll your limed glass in the salt
4. In a cocktail mixer combine two parts Blanco (60ml) and three parts Casasmigos Blackberry Smash Mixer (90ml)
5. Add loads of ice
6. Shake then strain into your pre-prepped glass
7. Place your garnish on top and enjoy.
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