– Playa Viva House Drink
by David Leventhal
Republished as originally appeared in HotelChatter
It’s no big secret that HotelChatter loves margaritas and in honor of our favorite holiday, Cinco De Mayo, we’ve found the most perfect margarita recipe–The Organic Basil Margarita from Playa Viva in Juluchuca, Mexico.
That’s right, our favorite drink has gone organic, using organic tequila and organic basil grown by local farmers. And what makes this marg extra special is that the salted rim is done using Sal Viva, the hotel’s very own brand of salt. Here’s how they cultivate it:
"Originally gifted as tribute to Aztec kings, Sal Viva has been harvested by hand in Juluchuca, Mexico in the same fashion for centuries. Summer rains wash the rich minerals off the Sierra Madre range filling seaside lagoons, eventually bursting past sand barriers, fusing with the salty Pacific Ocean. As heat evaporates the lagoons, peasant farmers hand form calcium drying ponds and rake in Sal Viva."
We’ve already been impressed with Playa Viva’s “Every Day is Earth Day” philosophy at their property but it’s still a relief to know our margs are eco-friendly too. God knows, we drink a lot of them!
Wanna make the organic basil margarita at your place? Here’s how:
Tools of the trade:
Blending the drink:
Recipe courtesy of Playa Viva. To purchase your own Sal Viva, send an email to info@PlayaViva.com and include the words “Sal Viva” in the subject line.