Sippin' South of the Border: Greg and Reed's Margarita Quest in Mexico

by Negronis Greg

Welcome back to Drink with Greg, where we embark on epic adventures to discover the world's finest libations. In honor of Cinco de Mayo, our founders Greg and Reed set off on a daring expedition to Mexico in search of the ultimate authentic margarita.

Driven by their love for mixology, Greg and Reed were determined to find a margarita that captured the true essence of Mexico. They believed that the secret lay in the authenticity of the ingredients and the stories behind them. With a thirst for knowledge and a sense of adventure, they dove into the heart of Mexico, ready to uncover hidden gems.


During their journey, the intrepid duo stumbled upon a small cantina tucked away in a quiet Mexican town. The locals whispered tales of a legendary bartender named María, renowned for her extraordinary margarita. Intrigued, Greg and Reed ventured inside to meet María and uncover the secrets behind her masterpiece.

María greeted them with warmth, intrigued by their genuine curiosity. Recognizing their passion, she decided to share her treasure: "María's Muse," a margarita that paid homage to the vibrant flavors of Mexico.


The secret recipe for "María's Muse" blended the tangy sweetness of freshly squeezed limes with the earthy smokiness of mezcal, a traditional Mexican spirit. To harmonize the flavors, a touch of agave nectar, a staple of Mexican cuisine, was added. Each sip transported them to sun-kissed beaches, lively fiestas, and the soul of Mexico itself.

Here's how you can recreate "María's Muse" at home:


  • 2 oz mezcal (preferably joven)
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 oz agave nectar
  • Salt, for rimming (optional)
  • Lime wheel or twist, for garnish


  1. Rim your glass with salt, if desired.
  2. Fill a shaker with ice and add mezcal, lime juice, and agave nectar.
  3. Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a salt-rimmed glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a lime wheel or twist.
  6. Savor each sip and allow the flavors to transport you to the vibrant streets of Mexico.




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