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Junior Merino
11 W 53rd St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 333-1220

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Junior Merino

Junior Merino's native Mexico revealed to him the versatility of spices, fruits, and vegetables that manifest themselves in the unusual and award-winning cocktails he now serves at The Modern. When he arrived in New York at 16, Merino began to work as a server at the Boulevard Café, where he stayed for 6 years. While working full-time, he earned his high school diploma, juggling additional courses in English, graphic design, and food handling. At Roth's Westside Steakhouse, Merino's interest in wine and cocktails began to take over. In addition to delving into mixology, he studied assiduously over the next 6 years to become a Master Sommelier. His cocktails at The Modern reveal a constant exploration of artisan-crafted liquors from around the world and a willingness to experiment with exotic ingredients and new flavor profiles.


Passion-Ginger Margarita
Mixologist Junior Merino of The Modern – New York, NY
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Yield: 1 drink


  • 2 ounces Simbra Azul Tequila Blanco
  • 1/2 ounces Cointreau or triple sec
  • 1 ounce passion fruit juice
  • 1/2 ounce mango puree
  • 1/4 ounce fresh ginger juice
  • 1/2 ounce Monin Passion Fruit syrup
  • 6 crushed coriander seeds
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice

    Jamaica Salt:
  • 1 cup of Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of Jamaica Powder (hibiscus flower powder)
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder

    To Serve:
  • 1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • Jamaica salt


Put margarita ingredients in a shaker. Combine ingredients for jamaica salt. Dip the rim of an old fashioned glass in lemon juice and rim with jamaica salt. Shake margarita and serve.


   Published: September 2006