Sea Salt Margarita Recipe

The Salt Air Margarita
Photo by Sang An

Courtesy José Andrés, proprietor and chef, Oyamel Cocina Mexicana, Washington, D.C.

Cocktail Inspiration: Sea Salt

Adding a bit of flaky sea salt—or iodized table salt, in a pinch—is an easy trick that bartenders often employ to amp up the flavors in a cocktail, much like the impact of sprinkling salt on a slice of  watermelon.

Simplify It

Skip the “salt air” and add a sea-salt rim and a strip of nori laid across the top of the glass.

The frothy “salt air” topping to this otherwise classic Margarita is a luxe way to work with the ingredient, and the resulting drink has become a staple at several José Andrés properties.

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Salt Air Margarita

Cocktail Ingredients
  • 1½ ounces Milagro Silver Tequila
  • ¾ ounce Combier L’Original Liqueur d’Orange
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • Salt air, for garnish (ingredients and directions below)
Cocktail Directions

In cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients except garnish. Shake well, and strain into chilled coupe glass. Spoon dollop of “salt air” atop drink. Serve immediately.­

Salt Air Ingredients and Directions

In large bowl, combine ½ cup water, ¼ cup lime juice, 1½ teaspoons Sucro powdered emulsifier and 1½ teaspoons salt. Use immersion blender to whip until mixture becomes foamy.

Published on June 27, 2019
About the Author
Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She's the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip. and NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening, which debuts in September 2018. Email: spirits@wineenthusiast.net



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