I love a good, top-shelf, high-quality Margarita, but there is a lot of sugar in most of them and in an effort to fight the war on useless carbs, some people have turned to the dreaded Skinny Margarita. But, let’s be real, the Skinny Margarita sucks, I’m sorry I just can’t stand the after taste of artificial sugar. And to be perfectly honest, the super sticky sweet Kool-Aid type Margarita is really bad too.
So why even bother with the sugar at all? My solution is the Tequila Kamikaze, Tequila, Grand Marnier and lime juice. It is exactly the recipe for the traditional Kamikaze cocktail, simply substituting the vodka for Tequila. Yes, it does taste a little stronger without all that sugar to cover up the actual flavor of the Tequila and Grand Marnier but try my Tequila Kamikaze recipe and you’ll be a convert.
Next time you want to order a Margarita, just ask for a Tequila Kamikaze Cocktail on the rocks (not a shot) and have the bartender substitute a good top shelf Tequila for the vodka, and Grand Marnier for the Triple Sec you’ll be happy you did.
Here is my Tequila Kamikaze recipe:
- 2 Ounces Tequila or Mezcal
- 1 Ounce Grand Marnier
- ½ Lime, juice
- Pinch of Smoked Salt (regular salt is fine)
-Place all ingredients in a shaker over ice, shake well until ice cold
-Serve on the rocks in a salt-rimmed old fashioned glass
-Garnish with a lime wedge
Why Smoked Salt?
Mezcal is a type of agave-based liquor similar to tequila with a couple of slight differences, the most important for me is the smokiness of Mezcal. The agave in Tequila is steamed whereas the agave in Mezcal is roasted, traditionally in clay pots over a wood fire. Roasting with wood gives Mezcal a nice smoky flavor that I really like and regardless of whether I’m drinking Tequila or Mezcal, I always think a little smoke is a nice addition.
Smoked salt is readily available online and in some specialty stores, it’s also pretty easy to make yourself if you like to cook with a smoker.