When you say margarita, many people picture the bottle of neon pre-mix you find at the grocery store. Others probably think of the blender drinks you can find at most chain restaurants and pubs. Still others might just have a visceral negative reaction to the thought of tequila (thanks to that night back in college).
If you fall into one of those categories, I completely understand; however, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to one of the tastiest and most well-balanced cocktails there is (that has almost no connection to the drinks I mentioned above). First I’ll present the recipe, then we’ll get into a bit more detail about the ingredients and process.
Classic Margarita on the Rocks
1.5 ounce tequila
.25 ounce triple sec
.75 ounce lime juice
.5 ounce simple syrup
Combine the ingredients in a shaker with lots of ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Pour over fresh ice in a rocks glass (rimmed with salt if that’s your preference).
The two key elements of the margarita are tequila and lime, and the quality of these ingredients makes all the difference.
1. Good tequila.
Many of us might associate tequila with the nasty yellow substance called Cuervo Gold. Do your best to forget everything about Cuervo Gold as it is about as reflective of tequila as Bud Light is of beer. Instead, find yourself a nice 100% agave reposado tequila (this just means it has no additives and was aged for up to 11 months in a barrel before bottling). Cazadores and Hornitos are good choices that should be relatively easy to find.
2. Fresh lime juice.
If you know you’ll be making lots of drinks one evening, go ahead and squeeze a few ounces in advance, but ideally you want to be squeezing the limes as you make each cocktail. The flavour difference between fresh and bottled juice is hardly ever more apparent than in a margarita.Good #tequila + fresh lime juice = one amazing margarita. #yummy Click To Tweet
Even if you can’t make it to a Mexican beach this season, this recipe will let you enjoy a delicious Mexican export.