May 13th will be every cocktail geek’s favourite: World Cocktail Day. The gang over at Difford’s Guide have summarised neatly how this came about, needless to say it isn’t easy to tell - but what seems to be consensus is that it stems from the word for thoroughbred horses which were called cock-tailed, therefore referring to something that is mixed. Well, we’re happy it exists, and are celebrating with a gin spin on what The Spirits Business called the World’s most popular cocktail - the Margarita.
The classic Margarita is of course a tequila or mezcal-based cocktail, however we have found the Pegu Club which replaces it with gin and shakes up (ah, see what we did there?) the proportions of the ingredients. After some heavy trialling, we have decided on the following formula which is rather delicious. It’s a short and punchy one, so works well as an aperitif.
As usual, we like to use up the fruit that is leftover from our distillation - we only use the fresh peel for our gin so on a regular basis we have dozens of limes and oranges left.
Shake all ingredients over ice, then fine strain into a chilled glass (perhaps a coupe or a short-ish glass). Garnish with a lime peel or a few lime segments.