Since there's really no better accessory than a cocktail in your hand, each week brings you a tasty adult beverage from one of our favorite drinking establishments, complete with recipe.
This week: The Casa Noble Añejo Margarita at Steve's GreenHouse Grill.
We walk in to Steve's GreenHouse Grill and pull up a retro red pleather stool at the steel-top bar and are staring blankly at the book of cocktails when we turn to the bartender for his suggestion: A top-shelf Casa Noble Añejo Margarita or more simply called Kelly's Special.
Combine tequila that's been aged for more than a decade (spending two of those years in French White Oak barrels) with triple sec and a float of Grand Marnier on rocks with salt, and you've got a believer in us. Well... you at least have us on the hook to stop looking at the drink menu and order already.
(Recipe after the jump.)
1.5 oz. Casa Noble Añejo Tequila
1 oz. Triple sec
½ oz. Grand Marnier
Splash Lime juice
Splash Sour mix
Kelly fills a fishbowl margarita glass with ice and salts the rim. There's no shaking involved with this one: Kelly says he doesn't shake the margarita so that the drinker gets waves of flavor, which adds some variety to your cocktail experience. Pour in the tequila and triple sec, and add a splash each of lime juice and sour mix. Then float the Grand Marnier on top and garnish with a lime.
The waves of flavor aren't as pronounced as expected, but you can definitely taste the different liquors, especially the warm, brown sugar vanilla from the aged tequila and the sweet orange finish from the Grand Marnier.
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We'd lay off the sour mix and stick with just a splash of lime, but we're big tequila fans and totally biased. Bonus points for skipping the shaker, though: Our marg isn't watered down at all.
On our next trip, we're going to take Kelly's advice and try the real ginger ale with bourbon (during happy hour, nonetheless), which is weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m. when wells are half-price, draft beers are $1 and bottles are $2 -- all bottles.
Steve's GreenHouse Grill is at 139 East Adams St. in Phoenix. For more info, visit the restaurant's website.