5×5: Tocolo Cantina’s Recipe for a Perfect Margarita

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Tocolo Cantina, Garden City’s modern Mexican hotspot is so hot for Cinco de Mayo that they celebrate it every Thursday (the fifth day of the week or cinco de la semana). But they have plenty of energy left over for celebrating the real Cinco. And if the weather holds, they’ll roll up the garage-door storefront and the outdoor seating will add more even more flair to the festivities.

Locals with a lunch hour (or two) get arguably one of the best deals in town every day in chef Alexis Samayoa’s two-course fixed price menu for $15 from 12 – 5 p.m. That’s Tocolo’s lunch whether it’s Cinco de Mayo or not. The Mexican street corn, served on a stick, is my family’s current obsession.

So the star on Tuesday, May 5 will be the tequila. Representatives from Casamigos (you may have heard of this high-end small-batch tequila company started by George Clooney and Rande Gerber), Casa Noble and Riazul Tequila will be there throughout the day to offer guests tequila tastings and giveaways.

La hora feliz (a.k.a. happy hour) is all day from 12– 6 p.m. and includes some of their signature cocktails (which is why you may need more than an hour for lunch). Tocolo Cantina was kind enough to share a recipe with us for a margarita which is so perfect, it is actually called the Perfecto.

“Usually you don’t use a reposado (aged) tequila for a margarita,” says Tocolo’s general manager Samantha MacLeod. “But this is just so delicious; it really works.” So, if you can’t make it out on Cinco de Mayo, you can stir up your own fiesta at home.
Perfecto Margarita
1.75ounce Casamigos Reposado
.75ounce triple sec
.75 ounce lime juice
.5ounce agave syrup
.5ounce Grand Marnier

Fill pint glass with ice.  Add Casamigos, triple sec, lime Juice and agave syrup.  Shake all ingredients. Pour into the margarita glass. Float
Grand Marnier on top and, garnish with a lime wheel.

For all of Natalia’s Cinco de Mayo recommendations, click here.

photo via Taste Tequila