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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Tuaca Tropical Margarita will jumpstart your summer daydreams

Spring is finally arriving in Salt Lake City.  After 8” of snow just ten days ago, bushes are budding and tulips are about to bloom.  Time to start dreaming of cold, summer cocktails.  Tuaca® is a “vanilla citrus liqueur” that is golden brown in color, originated in Firenze 500 years ago, and is available in Utah today!  Its ingredients include brandy, citrus (orange?), and vanilla. Tuaca is sweet tasting, with vanilla as the dominant flavor.  The Utah Mixologist has never been known to turn down a tropical drink (much as he loves his whiskey cocktails), so when he received the recipe for the Tuaca Tropical Margarita he had to give it a try.  If you’re looking for a delicious tropical drink, the Tuaca Tropical Margarita is sure to please.  The pineapple and fruitiness would incline one towards placing this cocktail in the Mai Tai family, but the addition of Tequila forces a quick turn into Margaritaville. 

The recipe calls for “parts,” which makes it easy to scale the drink up or down, but may be confusing.  If you remember the post “Cocktails 101: How does your classic cocktail measure up?” you will be aware that two parts (Tuaca) would normally be 1 ½ oz and one part (Reposado Tequila) would be ¾ oz.  In this recipe we would end up measuring 3/16 oz lemon juice, so the measures have been scaled up to simplify things.  Tuaca Liqueur (CS# 077786) is available in Utah in general distribution, and so should be available in most stores.  Assuming you have a bottle of Reposado Tequila lying around (don’t we all), but might need to pick up some Tuaca, you should call ahead if your local Utah State Liquor Store is a small one.

Tuaca® Tropical Margarita
  • 2 parts (2 oz) Tuaca® Liqueur
  • 1 (1  oz) part Tequila Herradura® Reposado
  • ½ part (½ oz) simple syrup (or Agave Nectar)
  • ¼ part (¼ oz) fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 one-inch squares fresh pineapple

Muddle the pineapple squares well in a cocktail shaker (be sure to get all of the juice out) and then add the remaining ingredients and fill shaker 2/3 full with ice. Shake enthusiastically and strain over fresh ice into a pre-chilled Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and (since it’s a tropical drink) a neon red cherry.

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