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Apr 28, 2016

The Siesta Margarita for Cinco de Mayo

The Siesta Margarita for Cinco de Mayo

This Siesta Margarita combines the wonderful sweet aged flavor of a good reposado tequila with the sweetness of lemonade, the sourness of lime juice, and the bitterness of grapefruit juice and Campari.

The Siesta Margarita for Cinco de Mayo

In the interest of research, I have been playing with this recipe for the last three days. It's a sacrifice, but I give and I give.

Last year, I played around with tequila and Aperol, and made this Italian margarita. While Aperol has some bitterness, Campari takes it to another level. I am now totally smitten with the combination of tequila and Campari. It's pretty spectacular.

I received this amazing tall and skinny bottle of Corralejo reposado tequila. Hacienda Corralejo was the first estate in Mexico to produce tequila as a commercial venture. It is located in the Guanajuato region of Mexico, and is the only distillery that uses the Charentais method of distillation. They are known for their gorgeous bottles, and produce Blanco, Reposado, triple-distilled Reposado, and single barrel Añejo. Each bottle is double distilled in copper stills from Spain, and the Reposado is aged for four months in oak barrels.

The Siesta Margarita for Cinco de Mayo

I totally luurve how the touch of the bitter Campari contrasts with the tequila.

The Siesta Margarita

Makes one cocktail


2 ounces reposado or blanco tequila
1/2 ounce Campari
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed grapefruit juice 
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
1 teaspoon frozen lemonade concentrate
Pinch of coarse sea salt (optional)
1 lime wheel


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the tequila, Campari, grapefruit juice, lime juice, lemonade concentrate, and sea salt. 
  2. Shake the ingredients for about a minute, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. 
  3. Garnish with a lime wheel. 
Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit magazine, May, 2016. 

Discloser: I received a complimentary bottle of Corralejo Reposado. I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own. 

Would you like to comment?

  1. Quite a festive and colorful Margarita!

  2. Good evening Karen, the drink looks great and also sound yummy and nice for the summer time, save me one drink..🍸

  3. Karen, I had to grab a tissue for this post. Could not get to the end without wiping some tears. You do give and give and your ability to suffer and sacrifice yourself in the name of blogging is extraordinaire.

    I will have to make this drink to be able to cope with so much emotion.

    (hope you are having a great Saturday morning...)

    1. I am! Had a very lazy morning. It's a rough life playing around with cocktail flavors, isn't it? I'm exhausted!

  4. Yay for triple citrus!! I'll have to find some camparai to make these. They look delicious. Love that color.


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