We Got The Best Margarita Recipe From A New Nashville Bar

While the origins of the notorious blend of tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur are far-reaching and, according to legend, murky, the margarita’s appeal is irresistible. Wherever the drink ends up, a good time will likely come. Now the Mexican daisy will bloom amidst the hustle and bustle of Nashville’s iconic Upper Broadway district.

After an epic transcendent architecture and epic experience that opened at Nashville hotspot The Twelve Thirty Club in 2021, prolific restaurant innovator Sam Fox is now gearing up to bring his first bar concept to Music City. Taking its name from the Spanish word for ‘margarita’, Pushing Daisies will open in 2022 as an “underground” margarita bar with a later launch.

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Set to shake up the Music City cocktail scene, The Manual took an inside look at some of the best Pushing Daisies cocktails. Before the restaurant welcomes the public, let’s take a look at what Aubrey Mansene, beverage director at Fox Restaurant Concepts, has to offer.

Mansene told The Manual that Pushing Daisies will feature classic agave-based cocktails along with “innovative margarita styles.”

“We don’t like to be limited by definitions, which is what makes this part of the process so exciting and fun,” Mansene said in an email.

That might mean spice up the ingredients with a signature Pushing Daisies cocktail like El Sancho, which is still fine-tuned by the cocktail bar’s alchemists. Those looking for a slightly sweet, tangy beverage may want to try Poncho’s Bliss, a blend of purified coconut milk, dragonfruit tea, and reposado tequila. Guests of a more upscale twist might want to try the generous Carajillo with espresso-soaked vanilla liqueur added to the spicy cold brew – a definite upgrade to the espresso martini.

“We are constantly pushing the boundaries and trying to educate our guests on why using fresh ingredients and quality spirits is the key to a great drink,” said Mansene.

In this context, let’s see what Pushing Daisies has to offer readers of The Manual to be shaken.

Sunny Knight

Sunkissed Caballera can be a beautiful, tropical way to start the evening.


  • 0.75 ounces fresh lime
  • 0.25 ounce agave
  • 0.25 ounces Giffard Coconut Nuts
  • 0.75 ounce Bitter Orange
  • 1.5 ounces Altos Reposado Tequila
  • 2 dashes of homemade citrus


  1. Put all ingredients in a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake very hard.
  3. Strain twice into a mug glass.
  4. Garnish with a dehydrated lime wheel.

picosita skinny

Picosita Skinny adds an herbal essence to the smoky distillation, combining blanco tequila and agave with pressed cucumber and mint, and a touch of habanero bitters for spark.


  • 3 slices of fresh cucumber
  • 4 to 6 mint leaves
  • 0.75 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 0.5 ounce jalapeno cucumber agave
  • 1.5 ounces Ana Maria Rosa Tequila


  1. Prepare chile con salt rimmed glass.
  2. Add cucumber, mint leaves and lemon juice to mixing bowl.
  3. Knead the ingredients thoroughly.
  4. Add remaining ingredients to mixing bowl and shake vigorously.
  5. Double strain over fresh ice.
    Garnish with a fresh lime wheel and 2 jalapenos.

mint, i know


  • 0.75 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • Agave infused with 0.75 ounces of ginger
  • 0.25 ounce yellow Chartreuse
  • 0.5 ounce Charoe Aloe Vera
  • 1.5 ounces Maguey Vida Mezcal


  1. Shake Vigorously
  2. Strain twice into a mug glass.
  3. Garnish with a skewered lime wheel, mint sprig, 3 dashes of Peychauds bitters.

beautiful beach

For post-meal digestion, Playa Bonita sounds are a sweet way to wrap up a night.


  • 0.75 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 0.75 ounces cinnamon syrup
  • 1 ounce fluffy pineapple
  • 1.5 ounces Jose Cuervo Traditional


  1. Shake vigorously.
  2. Strain over crushed ice.
  3. Garnish with layered pomegranate chia seeds and an orchid

Pushing daisies, of course, doesn’t require mixing your distilled agave with anything. Whether plain or iced, the luxury lounge will serve up a few high-end tequilas. This includes the Gran Patrón Burdeos, a luxury añejo tequila over $500 aged in oak wood and finished in vintage Bordeaux wine barrels, and the Komos Cristalino ultra-luxury Añejo. More diverse mezcal will also be featured from small batch labels such as El Jolgorio Mezcal, which represents sixteen different families farming in ten different Oaxacan regions, and the sweet-spicy Tears of Llorona Extra Añejo by Master Distiller German Gonzalez.

See if you can create the same high-end experience at home or for a home run in addition to a get-together before you take the chance to visit the exciting new Upper Broadway Fox development later this year.

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