Celebrating National Margarita Day with a Mexican Twist: Margarita al Pastor!


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As Benja (@benja_benja) from Limantour (@limantourmx) will be joining us on the Altos Takes Over UK route as part of National Margarita Day, we wanted to invite him to share the importance of the Pastor Margarita, as well as his inspiration and recipe, such famous and coveted from Limantour. What are you waiting to serve it in your bar? 

National Margarita Day is an occasion celebrated “with gusto” across the world, and its importance lies not just in enjoying a delicious cocktail but also in embracing the cultural significance and creativity it embodies. 

Because Margaritas are not just any cocktail: they're an iconic symbol of conviviality, relaxation, and the vibrant flavors of Mexico!

Celebrating National Margarita Day is a way to pay homage to this beloved drink, which has become a staple in bars and homes alike, transcending borders and cultures. 

It's an opportunity to gather with friends and loved ones, to toast to the simple pleasures of life, and to indulge in a bit of culinary adventure.

A special recipe like the Margarita al Pastor adds an extra layer of excitement to the celebration.

 Drawing inspiration from the traditional Mexican dish, this unique margarita infuses the flavors of al pastor into the classic cocktail. 

It's a creative twist that showcases the versatility of the margarita while honoring the rich culinary heritage it stems from!

Let’s celebrate with a special recipe like the Margarita al Pastor, we not only savor a delicious drink but also pay tribute to the cultural diversity and innovation that make food and drink such an integral part of our lives. 

It's a day to raise our glasses high, cheers to the joys of discovery, and revel in the simple pleasure of a well-crafted cocktail. 

Cheers to National Margarita Day wih a Margarita al Pastor! 

Margarita al Pastor by Benja from Limantour  

Popular since the launch of the internationally-acclaimed Licorería Limantour in Mexico City, this is a unique cocktail inspired by Tacos al Pastor, a dish developed in the early 20th century in central Mexico by Lebanese immigrants using techniques from their homeland and the ingredients that they found locally. The tacos are made with pork that is marinated in a chile and spice mix and then spit-grilled. The cocktail blends a savory taco mix with tequila, pineapple, coriander and chile.

With a firm background in business and marketing, in 2009 Benjamín Padrón decided to follow his passion in the world of cocktails, so he enrolled in a bartending course in London, England. He also started a journey to learn about and appreciate many of the spirits of the world, which has led him to visit many distilleries over the years. He co-founded and opened Licorería Limantour in 2011, with the idea of democratizing fine cocktails in a neighborhood bar–which granted the place great success and notoriety in Mexico City from the onset. They have been recognized as one of the World’s 50 Best Bars by the prestigious list since 2014.

Margarita al Pastor Recipe 

Ingredients: 

  • 50 ml Altos Plata
  • 20 ml Triple Sec
  • 25 ml lime juice
  • 30 ml pineapple juice
  • 10 ml Agave syrup
  • 2 spearmint leaves
  • 1 basil leaf
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (leaves & stalks)
  • 1 spoon cilantro and serrano chile
  • Salt (for rim)
  • Pineapple triangle for garnish 

Metod: 

Shake vigorously for 1 minute, strain into rocks glass previously rimmed with cilantro and serrano salt. Garnish with pineapple triangle.