Frothy Tequila with Citrus Air Recipe

My wife loves tequila, especially straight or in a margarita. I wanted to do a fun twist for her so I decided to make a cocktail with tequila that would resemble a beer.

For the foam I wanted to use a citrus air to get some of the flavors of a margarita into it. The citrus air is very flavorful and dissolves on the tongue as you start to drink, almost like sucking on the lime after taking a shot.

All in all it worked out very well!


Within molecular gastronomy one of the easiest things to experiment with are foams. There are a lot of ingredients that can cause foams, and a lot of variety depending on what type of foam you are trying to make. For this recipe I wanted to make something that resembled the head on a beer and I decided to use a soy lecithin foam.

The liquid I settled on was a combination of lime and lemon juice. The recipe was inspired from the lemon air from Albert y Ferran Adrià.

However, I planned to use the air on tequila so I wanted to make sure most of the flavor was lime and I didn't water it down as much since the flavor would have to stand up to straight tequila.

For more examples of soy lecithin foams and modernist drinks you can read the excellent Alinea cookbook or the comprehensive Modernist Cuisine set.

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Frothy Tequila with Citrus Air

  • Published: May 21, 2012
  • By Jason Logsdon
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Total Time: 10 Minutes
  • Serves: 2 drinks

Ingredients for Frothy Tequila with Citrus Air

  • For the Frothy Tequila with Citrus Air

  • 4 ounces good sipping tequila, (about 120 grams)
  • 4 spoonfuls soy lecithin citrus air
  • 4 ice cubes, preferably spherical

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Cooking Instructions for Frothy Tequila with Citrus Air

For the Frothy Tequila with Citrus Air

Pour the tequila into 2 chilled glasses. Add the ice cubes.

Gently spoon enough citrus air over top of the tequila until it covers it, resembling a head of beer.


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