With Cinco de Mayo coming up, I thought it may be great to start my hand at creating some of my favorite cocktails. When I was in college, I always wanted to be a bartender. I liked the social aspect of it and also the possibility of being able to create my own signature cocktails like my Blueberry Honey Old Fashioned that I recently mixed up. But when I began seeing how crowded those college bars got and that the only thing everyone wanted was beer and vodka, I dropped that little side dream. Now, as I’m getting a little pep back in my step, I figured why not become my own at-home bartender. So for this first drink recipe, I want to share with you the Rose Pear Margarita.
Rose Pear Margarita
The Rose Pear Margarita is a mixture of sweet fruit and the floral of a rose. Now, you may be thinking, does a rose actually taste good? And I’m here to tell you it does. I was hesitant about the flavor of rose when I first saw it as a drink flavor at one of my favorite restaurants, but after trying it, I was hooked. That drink actually became one of my favorite drinks, which is why I decided that it should be the first drink that I would put my own spin on.
As a person who loves tequila, I was very light on how much I put in there because I didn’t want it to be overwhelming, but I also didn’t want it to be a drink that tasted so sweet and delicious that people would drink too fast and then it would creep up on them later. I was able to find a good balance with my taste testers at home who were honest about what they liked and didn’t like. And after a few tries, I came up with the Rose Pear Margarita that pairs well with some tacos, nachos, and chips, salsa, and guac.
The Rose Pear Margarita
The pear flavor that is in the drink doesn’t come from any pear juice that is put into the drink directly, it actually comes from the ice cube. I didn’t want to pear juice to become too much to overpower the rose flavor, so I made a small pear juice and water mixture and then cut up fresh pear slices and made them into the ice cubes. Many other floral drinks that I have seen, I have seen the flowers be frozen, but I didn’t want to do that. I wanted to make the ice cubes actually be flavorful as well, which is why I decided to go with the pear ice cubes. But if you’re not one to make pears, you can remove the ice cube mixture and still use the recipe below to make a simple Rose Margarita.
Tip for the Sugar Rim: I don’t like a salt rim, I’m more of a sugar person but this method works either way. The first thing you want to do is get two small plates, put lemon juice on one plate and sugar or salt on the other. Dip the glass into the lemon and be careful not to let it drip off too much, you don’t want access juice but you also don’t want a dry rim. Then, dip the rim into the sugar or salt and twist it around to get a good coating. Let the glasses with the sugar or salt rims dry before you put the cocktail into the glasses. I usually do this first and then make the drinks so that it dried right when I’m ready to pour.
A fresh, floral margarita that is as sweet as a rose.
2 oz agave silver tequila
1 oz of rose syrup
1/2 oz lime juice
1/4 oz simple syrup
In a shaker, combine tequila, simple syrup, lime juice, pear juice, and rose syrup.
Add ice and shake.
Put pear ice cubes in your glass, then strain drink mixture into the glass.
Garnish with a pear slice and serve.
For fruit ice cubes: Fill ice cube tray with half of water & pear juice mixture then put in freezer. Once frozen, put in sliced fruit, add more water/pear juice, and freeze the remainder.
For glass rim: Get two plates and fill one plate with lemon juice and the other with sugar. Dip the glass in the lemon juice and let any access drip off. Then dip the rim into the sugar or salt and twist. Let it try for at least one minute before pouring your cocktail into the glass.