The Perfect Margarita
Choose your ingredients wisely - buy the best you can afford and make sure it’s 100% agave. Tequila can legally be called tequila if it is fermented with 49% agave juice. Lesser quality tequila, referred to in the liquor industry as Mixto, (referred to on the street as headache in a bottle) might be half agave juice and half who knows what.
Tequila is bottled and sold by category of aging; blanco, reposado, and añejo. The longer a tequila is aged the smoother it becomes and the pricier it can get. Learn more about tequila aging here. Añejo, the most expensive variety, is typically a sipping tequila so I recommend using a blanco or reposado for margaritas.
The margarita is such a great cocktail, especially during summertime. After working on the property, I look forward to an icy, tart, crisp, salty, sip of heaven in a glass when I get home. There’s something about the sweetness and salt after a sweaty day that cures all aches and pains and quickly puts a smile on my face.
The secret is consistency, along with fresh, quality, ingredients, and the only way to make them consistently the same is to use a measure. I’m not ashamed to admit I use an old fashioned measuring cup.
Some might think measuring is for sissy’s or takes too much time - it’s not worth messing with perfection. After all, you should enjoy every glorious sip.
Two favorite kitchen gadgets of mine are OXO Nesting Measuring Beakers and the Chef’n FreshForce Citrus Juicer. Both are on Amazon. The juicer has a gear mechanism that makes squeezing citrus easier. The beakers allow you to easily scale the recipe up for larger batches.
3 parts tequila
2 parts orange liqueur
1 part fresh lime juice
Kosher salt for rimming the glass
Thin slice of lime for garnish
Prep your glass: rim a glass with lime juice or orange liqueur then dip the rim in kosher salt. Next full the rimmed glass almost completely full of ice and set it aside.
Make the cocktail: fill a cocktail shaker or mason jar with ice, add the measured ingredients. Cover and shake for a 30 seconds to a minute.
Enjoy: pour the mixture into the prepared glass and garnish with a slice of fresh lime.