By Olivia Cuccaro
Patrón Platinum Margarita at Delilah
- 2 oz Gran Patrón Platinum tequila
- 1 oz Dolin vermouth
- 2 dashes rose water
- .25 oz agave syrup
- .5 oz lime juice
- 1 bar spoon edible platinum color
- 1 pinch xanthan gum
To create this cocktail of the week, stir Gran Patrón Platinum tequila, Dolin vermouth and other ingredients together with ice for 30 seconds. Pour into a mixing glass and add platinum color and xanthan gum. Stir for 10 seconds and pour into a coupe glass. Garnish with an edible orchid.
Yes, you can order a margarita anywhere, but for this week’s cocktail you’ll have to go off-menu. Secretly served at Delilah in New York (not a secret anymore) this margarita is crafted with triple-distilled Patrón Platinum tequila — yet it’s the way it sparkles that makes it an Elite Traveler pick. Edible platinum color and xanthan gum create an icy silver sheen for a margarita so good it glitters. At this Lower East Side hot spot, the lustrous Patrón Platinum Margarita will run you $100 a pop, and a slew of likes on your cocktail photo.
“I concocted the Patrón Platinum Margarita because I wanted to create something as visually stunning as it is easily drinkable,” said Rael Petit, bartender at Delilah, in speaking to Elite Traveler. “Aside from making the perfect Instagram, the Patrón Platinum Margarita is made with the most premium ingredients including Gran Patrón Platinum and rose water.”
Beyond shimmering margaritas, Patrón has unveiled two exciting new releases to bring tequila cocktails into fall.
A collaboration with Mexican director Guillermo del Toro yields the most display-worthy item — a deeply-aged extra añejo tequila housed in agave plant-inspired bottle. Patrón x Guillermo del Toro offers notes of light honey, nuts, raisins, vanilla and a long finish of agave and oak. Pair it with a matching skull of orange liqueur produced from aged Patrón tequila for an amber-hued cocktail that’s both spooky and sophisticated ($399).
In the vein of golden tequilas, Patrón welcomes its first addition to the core lineup in 25 years: Patrón Extra Añejo. Crafted from high-quality, 100 percent Weber blue agave, the new tequila is distilled in small batches using both the traditional tahona process and the modern roller mill method for a smooth taste. The tequila is uniquely aged in small oak barrels for a minimum of three full years, for notes of dry fruits, banana, honey, vanilla, and of course, agave. Look out for its launch later this season.
Delilah is located at 155 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002. For more information, please visit delilahnyc.com.