How To Make A Classic Margarita - The King of Tequila
Ah, the Margarita. Just saying its name evokes feelings of Sun, Beaches, relaxation, and if you're like me - hangovers. There's a lot to be said for this iconic beverage. Now on one of the most popular cocktails in the world, the Classic Margarita can be found wherever you can snag a solid burrito. But Much like many other famous cocktails, the history of the Margarita is shrouded in mystery. I will say this though, The beauty of the Margarita is in its ability to balance out the incredibly potent tequila (or Mezcal) flavoring to create a hospitable drink almost everyone can enjoy. That and despite that there are now many premade Margarita mixes or blended margaritas one can enjoy, the fact remains that the execution and simplicity of the classic recipe make the drink an absolute must for any beginner behind the bar.
The History of the Margarita.
As previously mentioned, there is no official origin of the iconic Margarita. History, however, best places its conception somewhere between the years 1938 and 1948. That's a pretty huge gap if you ask me, but whatever, it's all relative. Funny enough, like a lot of what is considered Mexican Food these days, and despite the level of association with Mexican culture, the drink has, Its actual roots may not even hail from Latin America. Shocking, I know. Some versions of the story do place it in Tijuana, but like I said before, it's up in the air. There's also a prevailing theory that the Margarita is actually a variation on another vintage cocktail, "The Daisy," which leverages Brandy over Tequila. Interestingly enough, the stopping power of Tequila seems to have dwarfed that of Brandy since almost no one today knows how to make a Daisy. Despite this lack of clarity of a starting point much like the Daquiri, the Margarita picked up huge popularity in the 1950s and then again circa 1971 which is when you started seeing blended cocktails starting to make their appearances. There may or may not be a correlation between this invention and the number of blackout intoxication. Who knows!
A Word On Quality
If you've read any of my other posts on this blog, you'll know I like to bang this drum a lot. When it comes to cocktails, quality is everything. You will see many margarita recipes out there that recommend adding simple syrups to sweeten the drink, and I think this is sacrilege. You should always be using quality ingredients, and a well made Margarita needs no additional sweetening beyond the orange liqueur. If you're really struggling with the taste Tequila then don't forget that mezcal, tequilas agave cousin, as a valid and acceptable substitute.
Classic Margarita Recipe
So without further ado lets get to mixing
Rocks or Margarita Glass
Jigger or Shot Glass
1 1/2 oz Tequila/Mezcal
1 oz Orange Liqueur (Triple Sec, Contreau)
3/4oz Lime Juice
salt for rim
Rim the glass with citrus and salt.
Load the cocktail shaker with Ice
Add all the ingredients starting with tequila and shake for 20 to 30 seconds
Strain over ice, Garnish with a lime wedge and serve