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Homemade Five Spice Balboa Margarita Recipe

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There’s a new margarita in town! It’s getting warmer in the city and that means the drinks are getting cooler. Prepare yourself for this one: it’s not your average bevy. With a homemade simple syrup made from toasted spices, fresh lime juice and plenty of love, the new Five Spice Balboa Margarita is causing a thirst-quenching stir in the neighborhood. Balboa Cafe’s Assistant GM Lisa Leventhal shares her homemade recipe for our new favorite summer staple.

Homemade Five Spice Balboa Margarita
  • 1 1/2 oz. Double Barrel Reposado Tequila
  • 1/2 oz. Combier
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 oz. Five-Spice simple syrup (see recipe below)
Homemade Five Spice Simple Syrup
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 tablespoon of fennel seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of Szechuan peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons of cloves
  1. Grind all the spices in a spice grinder.
  2. Toast ground spices in a pan on the stove (the spices
    will start to smoke).
  3. Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar.
  4. Bring mixture to a boil and then remove from heat.
  5. Strain mixture through cheese cloth.
  6. Store in the fridge, and it’s ready to use when chilled!

Enjoy!