Tequila is such an underrated ingredient in cocktails. Few recipes meet the funky, vegetal undertones of the stuff in a way that brings out the best in it.
That’s where the Infante comes in. The nutty, floral flavors of the orgeat and orange flower water and the dusting of nutmeg are just the kick-in-the-pants that the staid old Margarita template needed to become new and fresh. It’s just the sort of thing we’ve come to expect from master mixologist Dale DeGroff, who contributed this recipe to his wife Jill’s book Lush Life: Portraits from the Bar.
The name is an homage to Pedro Infante, the great Mexican actor and musicians whose songs are still crooned by mariachis the world over.
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into an ice-filled short glass. Sprinkle with freshly-ground nutmeg.
- Lush Life: Portraits from the Bar by Jill DeGroff