Chiswick’s Spicy Passionfruit Margarita

Makes: 2

When shopping for Agave Nectar last week – a key ingredient for this cocktail – I remarked to the lady at Dan Murphy’s (a big chain of liquor outlets in Australia) that we had reached the stage of lockdown where we were now investing in more complex cocktails.

“You’re pretty late to it” she said, walking me over to a part of the shop which really showed how late to the party we were. Lordy.

Empty shelves.

Nat made this cocktail and it is bloody wonderful. Seconds were definitely a requirement.

It isn’t exactly the cocktail from Chiswick though we are claiming it. It’s damn close.

And as I said. It is bloody wonderful.

Ingredients

90ml Patron Silver Blanco Tequila
30ml Cointreau
30ml fresh lime juice
30ml Agave Nectar
4 fresh passion fruits
4 slices red chilli
Ice
Mint sprigs to serve
Shave of orange peel to serve

Equipment

Shaker
Muddler
Strainer
Fine sieve
Jigger

Method

  1. Scoop the passion fruit into your shaker.
  2. Add the chilli slices and muddle.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients except those to serve.
  4. Add ice and shake.
  5. Double strain into two glasses over ice.
  6. Garnish with orange and fresh mint.8

Low Calorie Margarita

Serves: 2

Nat and I are complete suckers for Margaritas – the frozen type are especially amazing to me – and at an afternoon/evening with our good friends Tom and Lisa, we were offered up some wonderful Margaritas… without the sugar.

The irony of typing this cocktail up is that the only other cocktail we have published was an Espresso Martini Nat whipped up in Koh Samui (Thailand) when we were there for Tom’s 40th.

Seems cocktails are a theme when we get together!

Anyway, the key point of this Margarita is the use of a low-calorie sweetener.

We mixed Stevia with some boiling water and then added cold water until we had the sweetness right. Pour into a bottle and refrigerate.

It tastes the same, looks the same and feels the same.

It’s just that you can have one or two more than you could with the traditional calorie approach.

Ingredients

4 shots tequila
2 shots fresh lime juice
2 shots Stevia mixture
Salt
Lots of ice

Method

  1. Fill two (Margarita) glasses with ice and allow the glasses to cool for a minute or two.
  2. Spread salt on a dry surface; empty the ice from the glasses and salt the rims of the glasses.
  3. Combine the tequila, lime juice and Stevia mixture in a cocktail shaker. Top with lots of ice and shake rigorously for a minute.
  4. Pour the Margarita mixture through the strainer into the glasses.
  5. Enjoy