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Monday, July 21, 2014

[Cocktails] Raven Rita

The Raven Rita is a delicious variation on one of my favourite cocktails, the margarita. Chambord is a magnificent black raspberry liqueur, which comes in a wonderfully regal, orb-shaped bottle. A little dash of Chambord in a glass of sparkling wine adds some real magic to celebrations, but it also brings depth and sweetness to many other cocktails. In fact, a bottle of Chambord never seems to last too long in our house.

In this variation on the classic margarita, the usual orange component (triple sec, or in my case Cointreau) is dialled back, replaced by the rich Chambord. As always, I recommend using a good quality tequila. I happen to have a stash of PatrĂ³n thanks to some well-priced duty-free shopping, but at a minimum make sure your tequila is labelled "100% Agave".
Raven Rita ingredients
Pre-chill some coupe glasses. In your shaker, combine 1 shot tequila, 1 shot fresh-squeezed lime juice, 1/2 shot Chambord and 1/4 shot Cointreau. Add ice, cover tightly with the tin and shake vigorously until the tin is too cold to hold. Strain into your chilled glasses and top with a small Chambord float.

I usually always have a salt rim with my margaritas, but I think it doesn't work with the additional sweetness of the Chambord in this variant. Spread the margarita love.
The Raven Rita

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