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Bar Talk: Skinny Margarita at Margaritas

By Published: May 02, 2019 4:00 AM CT
<strong>Although it appears to be anything but, a &ldquo;skinny&rdquo; margarita, the skinny margarita at Las Margaritas is made only made with freshly-squeezed fruit, tequila, Solerno blood orange liqueur and triple sec.</strong> (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian)

Although it appears to be anything but, a “skinny” margarita, the skinny margarita at Las Margaritas is made only made with freshly-squeezed fruit, tequila, Solerno blood orange liqueur and triple sec. (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian)

I don’t pretend to be a margarita connoisseur. I’ll order a frozen one now and again – usually on vacation – and my only demand when it's served on the rocks is that it not be made with a cheap mix. Simple enough.

With Cinco de Mayo coming Sunday, we went to Margaritas in Cordova to see about a fresh-made drink. When the name of your restaurant is the name of the drink, you need to deliver, after all.

When I told bartender Oscar Lopez what I wanted, he offered the Skinny Margarita. I’ve seen that on the menu at a few places and have been turned off right away, because I thought it was a margarita made with the “Skinny” brand mix. And no thanks to that. As it turns out, it’s a margarita made with fresh citrus squeezed right in the glass, tequila and two kinds of orange liqueur. It was exactly what I wanted.

As for the skinny part, well, that’s just a bad name. Served in a glass that fits on my head, it’s not a low-calorie drink. It’s a good one, though, and a nice recipe for the home bartender. Use triple sec for one of the orange liqueurs and choose one with a deeper flavor for your second one; Lopez used Solerno blood orange liqueur.

Skinny Margarita

Ingredients 

Juice of 2 limes

Juice of ½ lemon

Juice of ½ orange

1 1/2 ounces tequila

2 ounces triple sec

2 ounces Solerno or other orange liqueur

1 ounce club soda or sparkling water

Grapefruit slice for garnish


Directions

Put ice in a glass (rim the glass with salt or sugar, if desired) and squeeze fruit juice directly in. Add liquors, top with sparkling water and give it all a good stir. Garnish with slice of grapefruit and serve.

Margaritas has several locations around town, including the one we visited at 1805 Germantown Pkwy.

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Jennifer Biggs

Jennifer Biggs

Jennifer Biggs is a native Memphian and veteran food writer and journalist who covers all things food, dining and spirits related for The Daily Memphian.


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