Did you know that the Spanish word for daisy is margarita? It’s true! Maybe you already knew this and are better at languages than me (probably), but I studied French in highschool, and I’m still working on my English, so finding this out a few years ago was a revelation for me! It is no wonder that the most popular cocktail in this country is rumored to have stemmed (couldn’t resist!) from the Daisy. The Sidecar and even the Cosmopolitan have a linked history with this classic cocktail that I first profiled last December.
With the onset of better weather (I’m in major denial about the supposed cold front threatening a drop back into the teens tomorrow. lalalalaaaaa), and longer days of sunlight in our future, I thought we all deserved a drink that matched our shiny, bright, new lease on life! And the Daisy, essentially a sour cocktail with the addition of seltzer, is pretty much sunshine in a glass. At least the Daylight Daisy is! This tequila based Daisy with elderflower liqueur and lemon marmalade may just have you flinging open all of your windows, cranking this up and singing directly into your glass. It’s THAT happy making.
Check it out:
The Daylight Daisy
2 oz Blanco Tequila (Espolon works well in this)
1 1/2 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1 Tbsp Lemon Marmalade
Lemon slice for garnish
Stir marmalade with tequila at the base of a cocktail shaker to dissolve. Add ice and the rest of the ingredients, except club soda. Shake well. Finely strain into an ice filled glass. Top with a splash of soda. Garnish with lemon slice.
Viva La Sunshine!