by RC Dean and Derpetologist


After noting the enthusiasm with which the Glibertariat greets happy hour, I thought a weekly cocktail thread would be worth a go.  This week:  RC Dean’s Own Margarita.

I hadn’t been a particular enthusiast of margaritas until moving to the Sonoran Desert.  With all kinds of agave type plants (including century plants which actually produce a nectar when they bloom which is made into candy), it was hard to avoid, though.  I’ve always found the classic recipes with simple syrup, Rose’s, and even Grand Mariner or Cointreau to be a little on the sweet side, so a few years ago I devoted the summer (and a goodly portion of my liver) to coming up with a recipe that was a little more tequila-tastic and a little less sweet.


RC Dean’s Own Margarita 

4 oz silver tequila (Casa Noble)

1+ oz Salerno Blood Orange Liqueur

¾ oz lime juice

½ oz agave nectar


We use Casa Noble because Mrs. Dean had a bit of a bad reaction to some other brands.  Casa Noble is organic, which may (or may not!) have something to do with her tolerance for it.  Regardless, because the tequila is foregrounded, a few extra bucks for better tequila is well-spent.

The Salerno is an ingredient you probably don’t have in your liquor cabinet.  Too bad.  It’s essential for this recipe and I like it as an orange liqueur mixer for any recipe.  It is lighter and maybe crisper?  Anyhow, it’s a good addition to your cocktail toolkit.

I’ve gone to agave nectar over simple syrup for everything.  I just like it better; I substitute at a ratio of about 2/3 nectar to 1 simple syrup.  If you get a darker nectar for this recipe, it adds a richer flavor.

A friend of mine works a variation of this, with orange substituted for some of the lime juice.  I’m not sure of the proportions, but whatever.  You’ll probably tweak the proportions on this one anyway.


Derpetologist’s Spot the Not: Famous wrong predictions

1. This “telephone” has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication.

2. Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau.

3. Electricity is merely a scientific curiosity; it has no practical applications.

4. I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.

5. Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.

6. The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon.

7. I do not believe the introduction of motor-cars will ever affect the riding of horses.

8. Louis Pasteur’s theory of germs is ridiculous fiction.


Belly up to the bar and enjoy!