I come up for air for the first time since January and with wide-eye surprise say, “¡Hola Mayo!”

Needless then to say that it’s been steady nose to the grindstone for me all year. I’m not complaining, but I will take the holiday as reason enough to take a beat and spice things up with a delicious cocktail.

Cinco de Mayo 2016 Rosa Picante Margarita of the Year

And when I say cocktail on Cinco de Mayo, I mean Margarita….on this date is there realllly any other?  What I have in mind to imbibe is not your average everyday ‘rita. I shall celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the Rosa Picante Margarita – which by the way, holds the 2016 title of Margarita of the Year (yes, there truly is such a title).

The Rosa Picante Margarita was presented by Jordan Corney of San Antonio. The bartender was quoted saying, “Jalapeño margaritas are everywhere. I was looking for a way to take that and dress it up a little.”  – and that he certainly did. This spicy yet subtle cocktail has hints of rosewater for a splash of sophistication. And the presentation is gorgeous – behold the beautiful snap below from Rebecca of Sugar and Soul.

Patron Rosa Picante Margarita  Photo Credit: Rebecca of Sugar & Soul

Patron Rosa Picante Margarita
Photo Credit: Rebecca of Sugar & Soul


Here’s what you’ll need and the method to the beautiful madness:


2 oz Patrón Silver

.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Lime

1 oz Fresh Lime Juice

.5 oz Ginger Syrup

+  Barspoon of Jalapeño Oil

+  Dash of rosewater

+ Rose petal sea salt

+Rose Petal and Jalapeño slice, optoinal


Combine tequilas, lime juice, ginger syrup and jalapeño oil in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill.

Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe that has been half-rimmed with rose sea salt, and top with a dash of rose water. Garnish with a rose petal and/or jalapeño slice, if available.


Enjoy solo or serve this beautiful and daring drink up for your friends.



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