Monday, 7 September 2009

A beginner's guide to Margaritas

Nothing beats a good margarita; the combination of zesty lime and a sharp salty tang as you take a sip is incredibly thirst-quenching. However, go into many bars in the UK and you'll find yourself being served some watery concoction involving lime cordial and a splash of cheap tequila.

Jose Cuervo, with the help of Squaremeal.co.uk, recently held a margarita challenge in London to promote their Cuervo Platino, a silver tequila made from 100% blue agave. 10 of the capital's best bars took part and I was fortunate enough to be involved as one of the 'judges'. So if you're looking for a great margarita, I can thoroughly recommend the following bars for a truly exceptional drink....just make sure someone else is paying!

The London Cocktail Club (6-7 Great Newport Street, London, London, WC2H 7JB)
The Blue Bar at The Berkeley Hotel (The Berkeley Hotel, Wilton Place, SW1X 7RL)
Artesian (Langham Hotel, 1 Portland Place, W1B 1JA)

Something I discovered along the way was agavero, an agave-based liquer, not for the faint-hearted. Made with Damiana flower (a reputed aphrodisiac), it has a mere 32% alcohol content.

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