Drink This Now: Jessy’s Margarita and Cucumber Margarita at El Patrón


I’ve had my share of frozen margaritas at El Patron (they have flavors, you guys, and I have a burning need to experience them all). But with The Pitch‘s Margarita Wars in mind, I selected two of El Patron’s speciality menu margaritas: Jessy’s Margarita, which the server told me was “a house margarita with a splash of red sangria,” and the Cucumber Margarita. In both cases, I asked for the well tequila to be exchanged for Olmeca Altos Blanco tequila.

Jessy’s Margarita — named for some kind of margarita hero, I expect — came served in a glass a little shorter than a pint, with a salted rim. It had a purplish hue to it, owed to the ounce or so of sangria that it was topped with, which gave the drink a marbled effect as the liquid sank. It also gave the margarita a bit of an elegant air — and a sweeter, bubblegumlike taste. This would be a perfect partner for a day at the pool.

The Cucumber Margarita came frozen, which I didn’t expect, in a tall goblet rimmed with chile salt. It was an enticing green color, with dark flecks studding the ice. I could get just a hint of the tequila, but I wasn’t disappointed by the flavor as I sipped: Cool, refreshing cucumber, which just a hint of sweetness. Whoever prepared this cocktail had a light hand when it came to pre-made mixers, and for that I was grateful. This was easily the most sophisticated frozen margarita I’d had.


JESSY’S MARGARITA

3 1/2 ounces Olmeca Altos Blanco
1 1/2 ounces triple sec
1 1/2 ounces margarita mixer
1 1/2 ounces sweetened lime juice
1 1/2 ounces house red sangria

Combine all ingredients except sangria over ice in glass rimmed with margarita salt. Top with sangria.

CUCUMBER MARGARITA

3 1/2 ounces Olmeca Altos Blanco
1 1/2 ounces triple sec
1 1/2 ounces margarita mixer
1 1/2 ounces sweetened lime juice
1 teaspoon sugar
2 drops of hot sauce
4 inch-serving of fresh cucumber

Rim glass with chile salt. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend for 25 seconds. 

The Pitch‘s Margarita Wars takes place on Friday, August 7, in Waldo, in the parking lot behind the Well (7421 Broadway). Get your tickets here

See also: 
Drink This Now: the Spicy Matador at the Drunken Worm

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