Leathered Margarita



  • 2-750ml bottles Tequila
  • 19 oz. Cointreau
  • 16 oz. Agave Nectar
  • 6 oz. Lactart (10% Lactic Acid)

  • Add all ingredients to a 3-liter leather wineskin and store to taste (2 days to indefinitely). To serve, tap 3-4 ounces into an ice-filled margarita glass. Stir to chill and garnish with a lime wheel. If bottling, add ¼ oz. water per 6 oz. of cocktail and store in the freezer.

We love barrel-aging cocktails and thought, “Heck! Why not try aging them in a traditional leather wineskin.” Instead of the subtle smoky notes that aging a cocktail in a charred barrel gives you, the wineskin imparts a nice leathered complexity to the drink. A Margarita is a great choice for the Spanish wineskin (bota) as the tequila and leather marry very nicely. Whereas your fresh Margarita calls for lime juice, here we use lactic acid (Lactart) to provide the smooth tartness. Age the Margarita to your taste. We enjoy it most from about four days to two weeks. Pour it straight from the wineskin or bottle up the aged concoction. If it gets too leathery for your palate, top off the wineskin with fresh ingredients (à la the solera method) to tone it down. Check out our other Leathered (Wineskin-Aged) Cocktails and learn the ins-and-outs of wineskin management on our Tools & Techniques video. Cheers!


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