National Brand Ambassador for St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur Earlecia Richelle and Patrón Tequila linked up with floral visionary and artist Maurice Harris to create margarita cocktails that are as beautiful as they are potent, just in time for National Margarita Day, Feb. 22nd.
If you're wondering what floral artistry has to do with the classic tequila-based, let's-get-this-party-started cocktail, let us remind you that every bottle of St-Germain is comprised of up to 1,000 fresh, handpicked elderflower blossoms. Second, margarita means "daisy" in Spanish. (Yeah, I was today years old when I learned that too. Doh!) In addition, Richelle told me last summer that a cocktail should stimulate the other senses as well as taste.
“A cocktail is not only something that you drink, but it's something that you smell and is aromatic,” she explained during the St-Germain Fleuriste pop-up in New York City. “It’s something that you look at, that you hold. You're interacting with something, and so I think aesthetics is super important to help you set your palate to receive … I come from a fashion background, so for me aesthetics are king!”
Harris has designed floral installations and arrangements for Beyoncé, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, The Row, and other high-profile global brands and personalities. His signature and iconic style, as well as personality, made him the perfect choice for a margarita-blooms mashup with Patrón and St-Germain.
Harris not only designed floral arrangements to highlight the margaritas in the photos, but also worked with Richelle to select stunning garnish pairings for the three twists on the classic libation.
Check out the recipes below.
Patrón St-Rita: The Patrón St-Rita is an elegant variation on the beloved classic, effortlessly elevated by just a dash of St-Germain for a fresh, bright elderflower twist. St-Germain’s captivating flavor perfectly accentuates the drink’s base of Patrón Silver Tequila, offering its signature smooth and sweet taste with a light pepper finish. The floral libation is complemented by a squeeze of lime and an intricate daisy-elderflower garnish, perfectly fitting for the festive occasion.
- 1 oz St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
- 1 ½ oz Patrón Silver Tequila
- ¾ oz fresh lime juice
Method: Optional salt rim. Add all ingredients into a shaker and shake. Pour over ice in a rocks glass.
What's the Tea, Rosarita: The fresh handpicked elderflowers that comprise St-Germain bloom beautifully with Patrón’s finest Weber Blue Agave Tequila, to form a harmonious chorus in the What’s The Tea, Rosarita with hibiscus tea, beet juice, and fresh lime. Ideal for romantic moments, the cocktail is adorned with a single rose stem wrapped in a lime peel, playing off the drink’s red hues.
- 1 oz Patrón Silver Tequila
- 1 oz St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
- ¾ oz hibiscus tea
- ¾ oz beet juice
- ½ oz freshly squeezed lime juice
Method: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all ingredients and shake well. Strain into a chilled coupe and top with salted rose air.
Ingredients for salted rose air (optional):
- 4 oz water
- 2 oz fresh lime juice
- 1 ½ teaspoons Sucro
- 1 ½ teaspoons Maldon salt
- ½ teaspoon rose water
Method: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Using an immersion blender or hand blender, mix until bubbles form. Carefully spoon on top of the drink.
Piña Gardenrita: Perfect for the adventurous cocktail connoisseur, the Piña Gardenrita heroes Patrón Reposado for a smooth taste and a hint of oak flavor, complemented by orgeat, fresh lime juice, charred pineapple juice, and pineapple mint, elevated with a dash of St-Germain for a balanced, versatile, and refined character. A mini bundle of mint, lemon verbena, sage, and camomile blooms crown the concoction for an herbal inspired-floral twist.
- 1 ½ Patrón Reposado Tequila
- ½ oz orgeat
- ¾ oz lime juice
- ½ oz St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
- ¾ oz charred pineapple juice
- 7-8 leaves of pineapple mint
- Pinch of salt
Method: Shake all ingredients with cubed ice quickly 4 to 5 seconds. Fine strain over crushed ice in rocks or collins glass. Garnish with large sprig of pineapple mint and lemon verbena. Add a wedge of charred pineapple, if desired.
Method for charred pineapple: Cut whole pineapple into spears, omitting the tough center piece. Grill on open flame or in grill pan for 5 minutes, flip or rotate and char opposite side for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, blend, and strain.