kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Lavanda Margarita at El Centro, D.F.

National Margarita Day was last week...but who can get enough of a well-made Tequila and lime-based tipple?  Here is a riff on the drink from the folks at El Centro, D.F. A lavender-infused simple syrup, and elderflower liqueur both give it its heady aroma. I adore the scent (and flavor) of lavender, so to boost the drink's florality, garnish it with a smacked lavender blossom. If you find this ratio to be too sweet, adjust the amount of St. Germain and simple syrup.

Lavanda Courtesy of El Centro, D.F., Washington, DC

3 lime wedges 1 1/2 oz. Milagro Blanco Tequila 1 oz. St. Germain 3/4 oz. lavender-infused simple syrup (see Note) Club soda Lavender sprig, for garnish

Muddle lime wedges in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add Tequila, St. Germain and lavender syrup. Add ice and shake vigorously until well chilled. Strain into a chilled 12 oz. wine glass. Top with club soda, and garnish with a lavender sprig.

Note: For the lavender syrup, combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and then simmer until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, and add several lavender sprigs. Steep until desired flavor is reached. Strain out lavender, and store syrup in the refrigerator in a container with a tightly fitting lid.