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One simple yet creative Margarita recipe that had everyone in high spirits

A bundle of energy with infectious enthusiasm, Patrón Perfectionist SA winner, Sabrina Traubner had guests in high spirits as she shared fascinating titbits on why the flavourful, classic Margarita cocktail has remained a top-tier cooler all over the world, along with simple and creative ways to enjoy it.

One of the coolest things about Margaritas is that they’re quick and easy to whip up for a crowd, no matter the occasion. But when the occasion observed rightly falls on ‘World Margarita Day’, you should expect no less than a high-spirited gathering, especially when the host is as ever supercharged as the Patrón Perfectionist SA winner, Sabrina Traubner was throughout the afternoon.

With her contagious enthusiasm and energy on tow, the Cape Town bartender had the packed Margarita Masterclass (at Mamasamba eatery, Rosebank) in high spirits as she gave guests a peek into, first, her fascinating 7-year journey as a mixologist, before later sharing fascinating titbits on why the flavourful, classic Margarita cocktail has remained a top-tier cooler (7th most sought-after cocktail in the world, according to the latest Bacardi Trends Report), along with versatile and creative ways to enjoy it.

Describing herself as loud, confident and unapologetic party animal,  Sabrina Traubner, head instructor at European Bartender School (EBS) Cape Town, who qualified as SA’s finalist for the Patrón Perfectionist global competition in 2022, shared fascinating titbits on why the flavourful, classic Margarita cocktail has remained a top-tier cooler the world over.

Though the history of Margarita remains a mystery, its origins in Mexico date back to 1936, with the four main popular components being tequila, salt, lime and a sweetener. However, depending on one’s palate, it can be spiced up – with the right garnishing – to elevate the taste and the experience.

In case you’re wondering what’s the easiest and creative way to start with in order to add that savory zing to it, it’s simple. “Twist up your salt by either using a different type of salt for garnishing – maldon or smoked maldon – or by adding another fresh herb or spice with the salt, like cinnamon or thyme,” recommends Sabrina.

She adds that the garnish in the cocktail is meant to enhance the flavours that are already present in the Patrón Tequila spirit, and not to overpower it.

Patrón World Margarita Day; a jovial, festive atmosphere

The excitement in the room was palpable and belied the anticipation that comes with the sampling of one of the world’s most loved tequila brands.

And it was refreshing, for a change, seeing people perked up in their seats in the long chef-style table put away their phones and engaged in fun down-the-pub conversations with each other.

The jovial crowd, made-up of great mix of some of the well-known faces in the likes of TV personalities Abigail Visagie, Naomi K, Nicole Capper, as well as celebrity stylist and actress Tshiamo Modisane among others, clearly came prepared to unleash their inner mixologists and it helped greatly that the sessions were interactive and super fun – all thanks to our passionate and enthusiastic host, Sabrina Traubner.

As guests got to learn, the garnish in the cocktail is meant to enhance the alluring flavours that are already present in the Patrón Tequila spirit, and not to overpower it.
It’s a party in a glass: Media personality and ‘House of Zwide’ actress Tshiamo Modisane knows all too well how the type of glassware your favorite Margarita Cocktail is served in, as well as the premium ingredients used, can greatly transform its taste.
Glam galore: Real Housewives of Cape Town stars, Beverley Steyn and Rushda Mosagee, were the epitome of simplicity with a touch of elegance.
Fun and interactive: for this exciting masterclass, celebrity guests such as the former Survivor SA contestent, Nicole Capper, enjoyed a glass of Rosé on arrival, before bringing out their inner mixologists with their very own Patrón Margarita cocktail creations.

Super-easy Patrón cocktail recipes

CLASSIC PATRÓN MARGARITA RECIPE

The classic Patrón Margarita is super easy to make. Served on the rocks, this homemade margarita recipe with fresh ingredients is timeless.

The Classic Patrón Margarita

INGREDIENTS

45 ml  Patrón Silver
30 ml  Orange Liqueur
22.5 ml  Fresh Lime Juice
7.5 ml  Simple syrup
+ Lime wedge for garnish
+Salt  Optional

METHOD

  1. Combine liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously with ice to chill.
  2. Strain onto fresh ice in a rocks glass and garnish with a lime wedge.
  3. Optionally, salt half the rim of the glass with kosher salt.

PATRÓN PALOMA RECIPE

Patrón Terquila is versatile and comes in different age variants that can be infused with cocktails beyond just the Margarita. While there’s Jalisco Mule infused with Patrón Silver that can easily be made at home, there’s the more delicate Paloma cocktail, which requires good quality ingredients, starting from Tequila; in this case the Patrón Reposado, that perfectly blends well with grapefruit, soda and lime.

The refreshing summer cocktail, Patrón Paloma.

INGREDIENTS

45 ml Patrón Reposado
30 ml Grapefruit juice
15 ml Soda
15 ml Lime juice
10 ml Honey water
1 drop Habenero sauce+Chili and lime wheel for garnish

METHOD

  1. Add all ingredients except soda to a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Stir and strain into a glass filled with fresh ice.
  3. Top off with soda.
  4. Garnish with chili and lime wheel.

For more tequila-infused cocktail inspirations to try at home, visit www.patrontequila.com

 

Tankiso Komane
Tankiso Komane
A Tshwane University of Technology journalism graduate, Tankiso Komane has a vast experience in print & broadcast media business and has worked for some of the country’s biggest daily newspapers, including The Sowetan, The Citizen, The Times, and The New Age. Through her varied work as a journalist, notably as a copywriter for SABC1 (On-Air promotions) and as a publicist for Onyx Communications, she has developed an in-depth understanding of the nature of the media business and how to use it for the purpose of exposure. Her expertise in journalism across various disciplines, coupled with a good reputation, has laid the foundation of a new kind "trust in Journalism" as the media ecosystem continues to digitally evolve.
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