Everyone knows the Margarita, that refreshing drink that can be made in so many ways and take on many personalities.

The Margarita is one of the most popular cocktails in North America and shows no signs of slowing down. I have a certain affinity to the Margarita, and realised that while watching various bartenders in many different countries make them for me, there are about a million different variations on the cocktail, so I’m sure you’ll find one that is just right for you.

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This version, which has been served up at Rogano for many years, is called Matahari - it is a spicy take on the classic Margarita. I think it’s the perfect way to warm up a cold night in Glasgow.




Classic Martini glass


Half a crushed red chilli

A dash of gomme syrup

A dash of elderflower cordial (St. Germain)

25ml of tequila (I recommend Jose Cuervo)

25ml of orange liqueur (I recommend Cointreau)

50ml of fresh lemon juice


1 Pour all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker

2 Shake well

3 Fine strain into martini glass

4 Garnish with a slice of the red chilli pepper