One of my favorite cocktail recipes is a Classic tequila margarita. It is one that I choose just about every time that I go out. One would think it would be the same from restaurant to restaurant but this is definitely not the case. I once got one in a Chinese restaurant in Australia and they used a sweet lime aid to flavor it. I didn’t even drink it. It was horrible. Making the drink with store bought mixes also gives you so so results.
Making a Classic Tequila Margarita
Margaritas are easy to make but if you mess with the traditional ingredients the flavor will just not be right.
People think that a margarita is really just about the tequila. That is the main ingredient for sure, but not the only one. A good margarita has just four ingredients – tequila, triple sec, lime juice and salt. That’s it. Good quality tequila is a must and triple sec is a second must. (not the mixers so popular to make a quick drink). A top shelf tequila such as Patron makes a wonderful margarita.
Margaritas are the drink of choice in many Mexican restaurants, and are very popular for Cinco de Mayo.
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- 1½ oz tequila
- ½ oz triple sec (Cointreau is my recommendation for best flavor)
- 1 oz fresh lime juice
- Lime wedge to garnish
- Salt to rim the glass
- Pour the tequila, lime juice and triple sec into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
- Shake well.
- Salt the rim of a chilled margarita glass by rubbing it first with a wedge of lime and then turning it upside down into a plate of salt.
- Pour contents, with ice, into the glass.
- Garnish with a lime wedge.