The best Margarita Recipe (rocks) is made of just a few ingredients… tequila, lime and ice. It’s how the ingredients are combined, and the QUALITY of the ingredients that make a really good Margarita.
For the past 20 (or so) years (but who’s counting) I have been on a quest, searching for the perfect Margarita. Now, before you all write me off as a hobo with an alcohol problem…let me assure you that the quest hasn’t taken over my life…. it’s more of a casual hobby. (Like stamp collecting, bird watching or folk dancing… except WAY more fun!).
So then, what does it mean to take the Ultimate Quest for a Really Good Margarita? Brings up visions of riding off, sword in hand, prepared to conquer strange new lands to find your Lime Flavored Grail, but keep in mind that they serve a version of the Margarita in just about every Mexican Restaurant, and most any Adult Drinking Establishment in the Western Hemisphere. (However, if you do feel like skipping off while banging Coconuts together feel free… take photos….post them for the rest of us to enjoy).
In addition to the Best Margarita Recipe Rocks, I will share with you a bit of Margarita History, and some Margarita knowledge that I picked up along the way.
And I will attempt to answer some all important Margarita questions-
What is the difference between the various tequilas?
What kind of limes are best?
Blended or on the Rocks?
Salt or Topless?
Let’s start with the Recipe.…
Quick Look at the Contents
Best Margarita Recipe, Rocks
Dip the rim of the Glass in Lime Juice then into a dish of Kosher Salt. Set aside while you mix the ingredients… fill the glass and garnish with a wedge of lime.
3 oz. Reposado Tequila (100% Agave)
2 oz. Cointreau
2 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
a few Ice Cubes
Kosher Salt on a flat dish or saucer
Margarita Glasses, obviously look best for Margaritas, but you can use Martini Glasses, Wine Glasses or Tumblers (please… no Dixie Cups)….
Rub the rims of the glasses with a lime wedge, then dip them into the Kosher Salt. Divide the ice cubes between the glasses (maybe 5 or 6 each) Set aside.
In a cocktail shaker (yes, you can just stir it)… combine the Tequila, Cointreau, Lime Juice and some Ice Cubes. Shake until that shaker feels cold! then strain into the prepared glasses.
Garnish with Lime Wedges
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Find Some Great Margarita Glasses and Sets Here….
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Where Does Tequila Come From?
Blue Agave Plant
All Tequila gets its start as a Blue Agave Plant. The leaves are chopped off, and the heart of the plant is distilled… much like any other alcohol is distilled.
And, like a good Scotch, the style and quality of the Tequila depends on how long it was aged
Blanco (White) or Plata (Silver) are freshly distilled, clear with no aging, and have a strong fiery flavor. Fine for Margaritas or for crazy parties on cruise ships.
Reposado (Gold) is young, aged for 2 months to 1 year. It is smoother and mellower than the Silver and White, so it’s easy to drink. Makes a very nice Margarita.drink
Anejo the best of the best, is too good for Margaritas…. this is a sipping Tequila. It goes down smoothly.
Whatever kind of Tequila you choose, be sure that it says 100% Agave on the label. Anything less, and you have fillers of grain alcohol and corn syrup. Ewwwww. Hangover City.
Best Limes- Margaritas
Yes, you can use other limes…. whatever fresh limes you find in your local store… or better yet, whatever limes grow in your yard, or the neighbor’s yard (Be sure to do your commando lime-procurement missions after dark, or invite your neighbor over for a drink).
So… you live in a part of the planet where fresh limes are just not available or are prohibitively expensive. If moving is just not a possibility, you can use that stuff in the lime juice bottle. (Just be sure to ditch it in the recycling can before your guests appear).
(Now…. if all you can get is Margarita Mix….. sigh…. you will have something resembling a Margarita, but, not a true Margarita. It’s ok. If you are serving blended Margaritas to a HUGE crowd of people, you can go ahead. I guess. Just don’t expect rave reviews. )
The final liquid ingredient for a Margarita is Orange Liqueur. I tend to reach for Cointreau. It adds a nice mellow orangey flavor to the Margarita.
If you want to upgrade your Margarita to the Top Shelf… use Grand Marnier, it’s a bit sweeter and so nice.
Salt or Topless?
How do You Like the Rim of Your Margarita?
The tradition of Salt with Tequila goes back to the dawn of time…. ok… seriously, Tequila has been served with salt for ages.
But do you want salt on your rim?
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I do… in fact…. I chuck the straw and drink from the glass to get the salty rim.
There’s no rule… just a guideline…. Order what you like.
How Do You Take Your Margarita?
Margaritas are served two ways….. Blended (which is a slushy icy drink) or Rocks (over ice cubes)
What’s the difference?
On the Rocks means the Margarita is served on ice… the flavors of the tequila and lime are not diluted…. unless you are a very slow drinker and it’s a hot day… so you really taste flavors of the Tequila.
Blended means the Margarita is a bit like a 7 11 Slurpee, or a Lime Smoothie. If it’s hot, and you want to cool off…. or if you don’t want to get hit with a load of alcohol all at once… or if you are serving a crowd and don’t want to pull out the good stuff.