The Best Margarita Recipe

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The Best Margarita Recipe

I love a good margarita. Sitting on a sunny beach with the gentle sound of waves crashing on a shore is always complete with one of these delicious tequila cocktails in hand!

It’s become one of the most popular cocktails in the world and you will be hard pressed to find a bar that doesn’t serve it!

With the rise of agave love spreading to the consumer, Tequila, Mezcal and even other agave varieties like Sotol are getting the lime light they so deserve.

And it is drinks like the Margarita cocktail that are paving the way. Now there are many Margarita recipes, many that have been adapted to use ice or as a frozen margarita.

 

In this article I will show you the original recipe and focus on choosing the best ingredients. But where was the Margarita born? Well this a controversial topic as they are so many accounts!

Cocktail historian David Wondrich believes that it is an evolution of the Daisy cocktail (Margarita is Spanish for “Daisy”)  that was adapted during the prohibition era when American residents fled to Mexico for their alcohol needs. 

There is a written account by James Graham, an Iowa newspaper editor, of a drink of this type after a trip to Tijuana in 1936. 

Let’s have a look at the recipe before we go into detail about the Margarita ingredients.

How to make a Magarita

  1. Prep the glassware: Start by preparing your glass with the salt rim garnish. You can do this by adding the salt to a shallow dish and run some lime flesh along the rim of the glass. Then rub the glass in the salt until it’s covered enough. I recommend just half the rim.
  2. Shake it up: Add your Tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur and agave syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake hard for a good 10 – 12 seconds.
  3. Pour your mix: Using your tea strainer to catch the ice shards, double strain over ice in a rocks glass or in your coup glass without ice.
  4. Garnish and drink: Add a slice of lime to your drink and you’re ready to serve!

Margarita

The Classic Margarita recipe to make at home.
Prep Time 6 mins
Total Time 6 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Cocktail
Servings 1 Cocktail
Calories 167 kcal

Equipment

  • Shaker
  • Jigger
  • Tea Strainer
  • Hawthorn
  • Coup Glass

Ingredients
  

  • 45 ml Silver or Reposado Tequila (Ocho)
  • 20 ml Orange Liqueur or Triple Sec (Cointreau)
  • 20 ml Freshly squeezed Lime Juice
  • 5 ml Natural Agave Syrup or simple syrup (Optional)
  • 1/2 Pinch Coarse Kosher Salt (For Garnish)

Instructions
 

  • Start by preparing your glass with the salt rim garnish. You can do this by adding the salt to a shallow dish and run some lime flesh along the rim of the glass. Then rub the glass in the salt until it's covered enough. I recommend just half the rim.
  • Add your Tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur and agave syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake hard for a good 10 - 12 seconds.
  • Using your tea strainer to catch the ice shards, double strain over ice in a rocks glass or in your coup glass without ice.
  • Add a slice of lime to your drink and you're ready to serve!
Keyword classic cocktails, Margarita

The Tequila

The base spirit is the most important part of any cocktail and for this nothing less than 100% Blue Weber Agave should be chosen. Generally all Tequila has to be made this way. If for instance your bottle is not then it’s more than likely a Mixto (only 49% agave and the rest other sugar).

My personal favourite is Ocho Tequila. It’s fantastic agave spirit and is consistently rated as one of the best in the market. 

There are plenty of great Tequilas on the market and we suggest to choose a Blanco or Reposado for your cocktail.

My personal favourite is Ocho Tequila. It’s fantastic agave spirit and is consistently rated as one of the best in the market. 

On episode 10 of On The Back Bar Podcast I had Jesse Estes, the global brand ambassador of Ocho Tequila and the son of Tomas Estes the co-founder, tell me about the brand and it’s production. 

Modifiers

As always, with any citrus fresh is best. You will want to use some nice juicy limes for this recipe and using a Mexican elbow can help extra the juice. 

Some bartenders do not add any sugar element to the drink. Myself a like a small squeeze of Agave Syrup to the recipe to bring it all together. If you wanted to dilute the Agave you can and we have a great article here explaining more about syrups. 

For the salt rim I recommend a coarse Kosher salt. 

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