The Perfect Drink: John’s Tomato Margarita

Fennel salt. Cherry tomatoes. Agave. They don’t exactly sound like conventional margarita ingredients, do they?

But this week, John Cusimano (who is quite a bartender with his own cocktail recipe collection) combined them in a way that’s seriously delicious. When you mix up your next margarita, skip the pre-made mix and try this amazing beverage for yourself.


1 1/2 oz tequila blanco

1/2 oz orange liqueur

1/2 oz agave syrup

4 cherry tomatoes, plus one for garnish

Juice of 1 lime

Fennel (or sea) salt for rim


1. Rub the inside of the lime around the rim of a rocks glass, and dip the glass upside down in a shallow plate of the salt to coat the rim. Fill the glass with ice.

2. Muddle the tomatoes (they will pop everywhere!) and a pinch of the salt in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.

3. Add the remaining ingredients, shake well with ice, and strain into the glass. Garnish with an extra tomato.

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