Scott Morrison's mixologist friend Cyrus Keyhari created this recipe for Socialista, a trendy Havana-themed restaurant and nightclub in Manhattan's West Village. The name of this margarita-like cocktail means "the point of grapefruit," referring to Keyhari's belief that citrus-based cocktails have an affinity for spicy food.
Margarita Recipe Slideshow
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cinnamon stick, broken
3 whole cloves
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons fresh grapefruit juice
1/4 cup silver tequila
1 cherry, for garnish (optional)
How to Make It
In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water, cinnamon stick, cloves and nutmeg. Bring to a simmer, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool, then strain.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the lime juice, grapefruit juice, tequila and 2 tablespoons of the spiced simple syrup. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled collins glass. Garnish with a cherry, if desired.
The spiced simple syrup can be strained and refrigerated for up to 1 week.
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