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Tequila, A Love Story: A Guava Margarita

Tequila A Love Story guava margarita

A tropical mix inspired by the fruits of Mexico.

After a visit to Mexico, Nick Turner, food and beverage manager at Drift Palm Springs’ Maleza, wanted to create a cocktail that showcased the country’s fresh flavors, particularly the guava he couldn’t get enough of from the fruterias (juice bars). For this guava Margarita, he created a lime cordial that gets a kick of gingery heat to temper the sweetness of the tropical fruit.


  • 2 oz. blanco tequila (Maleza uses Real Del Valle)
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. puréed guava
  • 1/2 oz. lime cordial
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  • Lime Cordial
  • 2 oz. peeled and minced ginger
  • Peels from 1 lime
  • 1 1/4 cups fresh lime juice
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • Tools:shaker, strainer
  • Glass:rocks
  • Garnish:Rose salt rim, slice of lime (optional: flower)


Add all the ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain over ice into glass. Garnish.

Lime CordialIn an aluminum pot, combine fresh lime juice and sugar. Cook over medium and bring to a boil. As soon as the mixture begins to boil, remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes. Add ginger and lime peels. Allow to steep for 15 minutes, strain, and refrigerate for use. Store in an air-tight vessel in the refrigerator and will keep for 7 to 14 days.

Rose SaltMuddle 2 Tbsp. dehydrated roses (available at many Mexican markets) with 4 Tbsp. flakey kosher salt. Crush the rose pedals gently with a molcajete until salt and rose pedals are incorporated and light pink.

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