Lemon Drop Margarita

photo 4 If you have not yet noticed, Cinco de Mayo is (somehow) already around the corner; so a toast is in order. A tequila toast, that is.

Springtime happy hours are suddenly abounding more often than coffee dates, giving me the opportunity to sip on outstanding cocktails across the city. Salty Sow's lemon & sugar rimmed champagne cocktail inspired my garnish, and my recent discovery of Partida tequila led to the cocktail's essential ingredient. Plus, tonight's margarita run, during which forty of my closest girlfriends will hop from place to place for Austin's best margaritas, has arrived at the perfect time. Grab your Partida tequila and stir up a Cinco de Mayo celebration!

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1 ounce Partida tequila 1 ounce lemon juice 1 ounce simple syrup Club soda Zest of one lemon 1 teaspoon granulated sugar

1. On a small plate, lightly mix zest and sugar. Use the lemon to rim an 8 ounce glass with juice, and then place the glass upside down onto the plate of sugary lemon zest.

2. Fill the glass with 4-5 ice cubes. Pour tequila, lemon juice and simple syrup into glass and stir. Top with club soda and a thin slice of lemon.

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