Ask the Margarita Whiz

As a bartender at Distrito within The Saguaro, a brightly colored hotel in Scottsdale, Lucky Grisko has tasted his way through all 110 tequilas and mezcals that the popular tequila bar stocks. We asked for his advice on margaritas.

What kind of tequila should you use in a margarita?
There are really good tequilas (like añejo, aged one to three years in wood), but these are generally sipping tequilas whose subtleties of flavor and character would be lost in the other ingredients of a margarita. Look for a good silver or reposado tequila, rested in wood from two to eleven months, that is 100-percent Blue Weber agave.

Don’t miss your chance to try … ?
Gran Patrón Burdeos is aged in Bordeaux barrels. How good is that?

What are your three go-to margarita tequilas?
El Jimador, Milagro, and Cazadores

Salt, yes or no?
Salt is a personal preference.

What is a twist on the classic margarita?

Try our signature, The Saguaro, where a spicy kick from ginger is balanced with the sweetness from agave. The following ingredients make one cocktail:

1.5 ounces Cazadores tequila

1 ounce Solerno (blood orange liqueur)

1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice

1 ounce ginger agave

To make ginger agave: Pour 1/2 cup light agave syrup into small pot. Add 1/4 cup pieces fresh, unpeeled ginger. Bring to boil. Simmer on low for about two minutes. Let cool and strain. The syrup will keep for a month covered in the refrigerator.

Shake all ingredients in Boston shaker

Fill salt-rimmed glass with ice

Pour into glass

Optional: Float an açai berry on the top and garnish with orange zest

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