Mixologist Joe Campanale takes the tequila from a margarita and combines it with spicy ginger beer from a Dark and Stormy in this one-of-a-kind cocktail. The contrast in colors between the amaro and tequila base produces a distinct layering effect that makes for a showstopping drink.
"I love ginger beer and will come up with practically any excuse to use it—the spice plays well with the tequila," Campanale says. He recommends Fever-Tree brand, which is made with a blend of three gingers from Nigeria, Cochin and the Ivory Coast.
Recipe adapted from Joe Campanale, dell'anima, L'Artusi, Anfora and L'Apicio, New York, NY
Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: N/A
Total Time: 5 minutes
2 ounces silver tequila, preferably Astral tequila
¾ ounce Amaro Montenegro
½ ounce fresh lime juice
2 dashes orange bitters
Ginger beer, preferably Fever-Tree, to top
Angostura bitters, for garnish
In a cocktail shaker, combine the tequila, amaro, lime juice and orange bitters. Add ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled Collins glass filled with ice. Top with the ginger beer and several dashes of Angostura bitters. And serve.
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