We’d question why National Margarita Day falls in late February, but if you’ve ever dealt with icy windshields and freezing cold toilet seats you’d understand. Ignore the tundra and channel low tides and sunny skies with the Todo Bien Margarita (translation: The “All Good” Margarita). Forget the margarita mix and fancy tequila, the secret to this marg is a little dash of Damiana liqueur. In its natural form, Damiana is a sage-like herb that grows in Mexico’s Baja Peninsula and is rumored to be an aphrodisiac (you’ve been warned). It adds an authentic, complex flavor to your margaritas without being as sweet as Triple Sec. Your local liquor store may carry it (if they know what’s good for them), otherwise big chains like BevMo should carry it. Look for the curvy bottle in the shape of a Mayan goddess – she’ll shake things up in your liquor cabinet all Spring long.
The Todo Bien Margarita
1 oz Damiana liqueur
1.5oz Tequila blanco (we used an old bottle we scored on the backroads of Mexico – nothing too fancy, unless you count the bottle’s outfit…)
2 limes, juiced
Run the lime wedge around the rim of the glass and dip into the salt. Fill glass with ice. Separately, pour Damiana, tequila and lime juice into a shaker. Shake for a full chorus of “La Bamba” then strain over ice. Garnish with lime wedge.