You’re hosting, and while Mr. Right Now is en route, there’s just enough time to run to the bodega for supplies. Grab a fruit salad, a lemon, and a cucumber and you’ve got the building blocks for this quick, quenching drink. You could really make a Bodega Marg with any spirit you have laying around—vodka, gin, rum or even whiskey—but I prefer tequila because it’s the only spirit that’s an upper, not a downer.
Makes 2 cocktails
About 1 cup juicy, mixed fruit ("bodega fruit salad": melon, strawberries, pineapple, blueberries, orange, etc.)
6 slices cucumber
Juice of 1 lime or lemon
1 ounce agave nectar
4 ounces tequila
Cucumber discs, for garnish
Chili powder, for garnish
Additional lime wedge and salt (optional)
Place the fruit, cucumber, and lime or lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Coarsely muddle the fruit, using a muddler or the back of a spoon. Fill with ice, then add the tequila and agave. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. If you’d like a salty rim, moisten the rims of 2 tumblers with a lime wedge and dip in salt. Fill glasses with ice, and strain the drink into them. Dust with a tap or two of chili powder, garnish with cucumber, and serve.
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Diego Alberto Sanchez-Maitret was born in Puebla, Mexico, and prior to moving to New York lived in Boston. He’s worked behind the bars of some of New York’s most popular restaurants, and currently makes cocktails for Spring Street Social Society’s “Secret Suppers” and tends bar at Ludlow House. He lives in Brooklyn.
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