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The Original Margarita


If you’re drinking Margaritas for Cinco de Mayo this year, consider the gin version. Never heard of using gin in your favorite south of the border cocktail?

A brief history

A classic cocktail, the Gin Daisy, was enjoyed by many bar patrons in the pre-prohihbition era. With tourism taking Daisy loving cocktailers to Mexico, the Daisy recipe made it’s way south. Daisy in Spanish translates to “margarita.” Take out the gin, add in tequila, and switch lemon for lime (a more readily available citrus in Mexico) and you have the Mexican version of a classic Daisy.

The Gin Daisy

2 oz Aviation American Gin
1 Teaspoon Gum syrup
1.5 Teaspoon Orange cordial
0.75 oz Freshly pressed lemon juice (we used lime in honor of Cinco de Mayo)

In a mixing glass, add spirits and mixers. Fill with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a glass filled with fresh ice. Fill with seltzer water. Garnish with a lime wedge.


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