101 Best New Cocktails: Dirty Margarita by Rob McHardy, Silencio, Paris, France

by Gaz Regan · Thursday, April 18th, 2013 · 101 Best New Cocktails 2013

Dirty Margarita

Adapted from a recipe by Rob McHardy, Silencio, Paris, France.Dirty Margarita

“I use Cocktail Kingdom barspoons, which are roughly 3.4 to 4 ml to measure.

The caper juice is strong enough to destroy the drink if even slightly more is added. But totally makes it when I get it right. Enjoy!” Rob McHardy.

50 ml (1.65 oz) Tequila Ocho plata

20 ml (.66 oz) fresh lime juice

20 ml (.66 oz) Cointreau

4 ml (.13 oz) agave syrup (uncut)

3 ml (.1 oz) caper juice*

1 lime twist, as garnish

Shake well over ice and double-strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add the garnish.

*Caper Juice: I just had a chat with my wonderful olive supplier here in Paris. They are Sicilians with a very intimate relationship with their suppliers back home and their shop la tete dans les olives in the 11th arrondissement is well worth a visit. They made the juice by taking quite a large quantity of capers and putting them in a bucket with holes in the bottom (to capture the juice), covering them with salt and letting osmosis draw the juice from the capers over time. Either that or get a load of capers in salt and press like mad/dance/sit /jump on them to extract the juice. They are not aware of anyone else doing this or at least bottling it (it does smell pretty rank).

gaz sez:  Rob is right about being careful with the caper juice in this one, and he also made a good decision when he decided to call for Tequila Ocho Plata—a fabulous bottling that comes on real strong in any sort of Margarita, Rosita, or Paloma.  I had a great night in Paris with Rob when Monkey Shoulder scotch flew me out there to conduct a Mindful Bartender workshop.  Rob is the real deal.

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3 Responses to “101 Best New Cocktails: Dirty Margarita by Rob McHardy, Silencio, Paris, France”

  1. Paul-Eric says:

    I just bought caper juice to test this cocktail from Rob ! It’s really amazing … and delicious !
    It deserves to be amongst the 101 best new cocktails !

  2. Gaz Regan says:

    Thanks for sharing, Paul-Eric!

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