Masala Margarita

Junoon restaurant’s bar director shows us how to spice up this South Asian-influenced margarita
Masala Margarita
Jacqui Wedewer

Behind the bar at New York City’s Michelin-starred Junoon, mixologist Hemant Pathak works to complement the kitchen’s ambitious progressive Indian cuisine with equally exuberant cocktails that incorporate many of the same herbs and spices. This cocktail adds a delicious South Asian twist to the margarita with cardamom, cinnamon, and star anise.

This recipe is courtesy of Hemant Pathak, the mixologist of Junoon restaurant. To watch a video of Pathak making three cocktails including the Masala Margarita, click here.

1
Servings
318
Calories Per Serving
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Ingredients

For the tequila infused with spices:

  • 2 Ounces reposado tequila
  • 1 star anise, plus 1 for garnish
  • 2 cardamom pods, crushed into small pieces
  • 1 cinnamon stick, crushed up into small pieces
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 1 orange peel
  • 1 lemon peel

For the cocktail:

  • 2 Ounces reposado tequila infused with spices
  • 3/4 Ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 Ounce simple syrup

Directions

For the tequila infused with spices:

Add the tequila to a blazing mug, and ingite the drink on fire, carefully pouring it from one mug to another 4-5 times. Add the rest of the ingredients to the tequila, strain, and set aside.

For the cocktail:

After using the “blaze” technique to create an instant infusion of Indian spices with reposado tequila, pour mixture into a shaker with ice, lime, and Junoon's spice syrup (or use simple syrup at home). Serve in a coupe glass. Garnish with a star anise floated on top.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
0.2g
0.3%
Sugar
11g
N/A
Protein
0.3g
0.7%
Carbs
16g
5%
Vitamin A
1µg
N/A
Vitamin C
12mg
20%
Vitamin E
0.2mg
0.9%
Vitamin K
2µg
2%
Calcium
43mg
4%
Fiber
2g
9%
Folate (food)
3µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
3µg
1%
Iron
1mg
5.4%
Magnesium
8mg
2%
Niacin (B3)
0.1mg
0.7%
Phosphorus
13mg
2%
Potassium
67mg
2%
Sodium
12mg
1%
Sugars, added
10g
N/A
Zinc
0.2mg
1.3%