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Cocktail of the Week: Margarita from Mansion del Rio, San Antonio

A margarita on the San Antonio Riverwalk as the cocktail of the week? There goes any thoughts of Trev’s Bistro’s high standards.

Nope, this is the real deal. Margarita perfection can be found on the banks of that Americana touristy extravaganza known as the Riverwalk. Yes, Riverwalk cocktails tend to be more like what your fraternity parties served back in the day. Well drinks often are considered the high brow drinks.

Step out of the blazing 100 degree Texas sun into this formal yet relaxed oasis inside the Omni Mansion del Rio Hotel, one of the old hospitality lions of San Antonio. The margarita can be found both at the hotel’s bar and in the Las Canarias restaurant with beautiful Riverwalk views, yet a world away from the Riverwalk’s atmosphere.

The margarita is a handsome, incredibly refreshing and potent combination of 1 1/2 ounces each of Patron orange liqueur, Grand Marnier, and Patron reposado tequila (though I was told by a trusted local expert that Herradura is supposed to be the house tequila and used in the margarita). Add 2 ounces of agave nectar and 4 ounces of fresh lime juice to the mix. If it seems like a double cocktail in liquors, well, it pretty much is. The colorful martini glasses get filled with the rocks and the margarita, of course with a salt rim.

If it seems like this also should be a heavily orange flavored cocktail, it is. How can it not be with both Patron orange and Grand Marnier? Yet, brush aside previous slushy or watery margarita pre-conceptions and embrace this rendition. This is a mixologist’s margarita. Escape the crowds at the Alamo, the dull river cruises, and lifeless cocktails served at most of the city’s bars (The Esquire and Bohanan’s could be considered among the country’s best). Here, you will find a cocktail masterpiece. Remember the Mansion del Rio’s margarita.

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