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Long Margarita

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This long margarita is a variation of the classic Mexican cocktail made with tequila, Cointreau, and lime soda. If you’re feeling adventurous, try out the long margarita with a twist, which adds a spicy chile-salt rim, lime juice, and agave syrup.

A highball filled with a long margarita, ice, a lime wedge, and a dish of chili salt for rimming on the side

Adapted from Fever Tree | Fever Tree Easy Mixing | Mitchell Beazley, 2021

When done well, Mexico’s most famous cocktail balances the four primary categories of taste. This longer twist on the classic drink includes Cointreau and Fever-Tree soda. A crisp lime wedge serves up a sour tang. Finally, good-quality tequila brings bitterness to complete the experience.–Fever Tree

Long Margarita FAQs

What is Yuzu?

Yuzu is a citrus fruit that’s grown in Japan, Korea, and China. It’s super fragrant, but also extremely sour, making it next to impossible to eat as-is, like an orange. The juice extracted from the fruit and the zest from the peel are used to flavor food and drinks.

How long does Cointreau last, if opened?

The good news for those of us with several bottles of semi-full liqueurs waiting for us in the cabinet is that assuming everything’s been stored properly, the shelf-life of a bottle of orange liqueur is indefinite, even after it has been opened. There may be a slight degradation of quality after a few years, but it’s still safe to drink.

Long Margarita

A highball filled with a long margarita, ice, a lime wedge, and a dish of chili salt for rimming on the side

When done well, Mexico’s most famous cocktail balances the four primary categories of taste. This longer twist on the classic drink includes Cointreau and Fever-Tree soda. A crisp lime wedge serves up a sour tang. Finally, good-quality tequila brings bitterness to complete the experience.

Fever Tree

Margarita with a Twist Variation

For a spicy take on the above recipe, combine 2 teaspoons sea salt and 1 teaspoon chile flakes on a small plate. Rub the rim of a highball glass with a lime wedge and coat the rim of the glass in the spicy salt.
Pour the tequila, Cointreau, and 2 teaspoons each agave syrup and lime juice into an empty cocktail shaker. Add plenty of ice cubes and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Pour the contents of the shaker into your prepared glass. Top up with the soda. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Serving: 1drinkCalories: 171kcal (9%)Carbohydrates: 17g (6%)Protein: 1g (2%)Fat: 1g (2%)Saturated Fat: 1g (6%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 13mg (1%)Potassium: 6mgSugar: 17g (19%)Calcium: 3mgIron: 1mg (6%)

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Originally published April 29, 2022

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