A few weeks back, I took another stab at infusing liquor at home. Last summer, I had my first go of it with a blackberry mint vodka infusion. This time I decided to use tequila to make a lovely, flavored margarita.
To make my orange infused tequila, I used Simple & Crisp orange crisps. You can buy these online, or if you don't have access to them, you can use orange peel to infuse your tequila. Infusions sound super fancy and time consuming, but they're really not. All you need are some mason jars, alcohol and the flavors you want to infuse your alcohol with. It does take a couple days to infuse your alcohol, but once you've done it, your alcohol will keep for a couple of weeks in the fridge.
I grew up with a huge pomegranate tree in my backyard, so pomegranates are one of my favorite things to eat. I love having a pomegranate margarita when I'm out, so I thought it'd be great to perfect my own at home. Growing up we'd remove the seeds from the pomegranates then eat them with a squeeze of citrus and a pinch of salt, so I thought the orange tequila would go perfectly with this drink - and it did!
It's been crazy hot here the past week, so I enjoyed this drink on my front porch because even though it was 85 degrees and humid outside it felt cooler there than it did in my condo :(
THE PASTRY POSTS POMEGRANATE ORANGE MARGARITA WITH ORANGE INFUSED TEQUILA
For the infused tequila:
1/2 bottle reposado tequila
Simple & Crisp orange crisps or orange peel from half an orange
For the drink:
1 1/2 ounces pomegranate juice
Juice of 2 limes
1 teaspoon agave
3 ounces orange infused tequila
Salt to rim your glass (optional)
Additional orange crisp or peel for garnish
- To infuse the tequila, pour the alcohol into a mason jar and pop in orange crisps or orange peel. Close the jar tight and store in a cool, dark place. After one day, taste the tequila each day until you've reached your desired taste. This typically takes 2-3 days.
- Once desired taste is reached, strain the alcohol and pour back in the mason jar and store in the fridge for up to two weeks.
- To make the margarita, pour the pomegranate juice, lime juice, agave and tequila into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake to combine.
- Make a rim of salt on your class, but running a slice of lime around the rime of your class and dipping in a plate of salt.
- Fill your drinking glass with ice and pour your drink in.
- Garnish in the glass with an additional orange crisp or peel.
- Note: if you don't want to infuse your tequila, this recipe will work and the result will still be a lovely pomegranate margarita (just sans the orange)!