Americans drink a lot of Margaritas. While the Margarita makes up eighteen percent of the mixed drinks ordered in the United States, tequila represents only six percent of the domestic spirits market. Unfortunately, we drink a lot of bad Margaritas too. Neon colored, super-sweet, artificially flavored, poorly made, cheap ingredient, frozen-slushy Margaritas surely account for most of those eighteen percent.
Perhaps one reason that Americans drink a lot of bad Margaritas is that we seem to have no idea of its origin. There are theories (among others) that Dallas socialites, Peggy Lee, Mexican (or Irish, or Texan) bartenders, German ambassador’s daughters or Ziegfeld Follies dancers all have a hand in the drink.
Good and certainly not objectionable, but more a 3 than a 4. Bourbon makes this more of a spirit heavy boulevardier riff than black Manhattan riff (rye), although the wormwood bitterness and citrus zest of the Montenegro (plus lemon twist) provide more bitter balance than one might expect from the bourbon base. I admit I am not as keen on Montenegro's floral character compared to other amari.
I didn't shake this, the lack of citrus juice would contraindicate doing so.
Skipped agave syrup, subbed mossy Oaxacan forest mist spray (from Shaker and Sppon) for Douglas fir eat de vie, and subbed dry curaçao for the blue stuff. The Del Maguey seemed to flatten it our a bit so I added a squeeze of lime which worked for me.
The slightly mossy gray/green is what I get with R&W Creme de Violette and St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram that I used. The 1/2 oz total of floral components (violet and elderflower) turns the drink into "A Florist" more than "A Forest" though. It isn't unpleasant, but the floral components dominate. Maybe cutting them to a barspoon each and adding some Zirbenz or Douglas Fir eau de vie would shift the balance?