There are so many variations on this cocktail that the Margarita has become almost a genre rather than a specific mixed drink. There is, however, an original recipe, recognized by the American Bartenders Association as a “Contemporary Classic”, which we’ll give you after we take a run through all the different ways you can put together this classic summer drink.
The alcohol: You can’t make a Margarita without Tequila. Made with rum, vodka or gin, the drink has a different name like Daquiri or Kamikaze. So, at the very least, all Margarita’s share one common ingredient.
The Triple Sec: There are many Margarita recipes that omit the Triple Sec (or equivalent). A Tommy’s Margarita replaces it with Agave syrup. Mango, prickly pear and pomegranate are just some of the fruits that have been used to substitute for the orange flavour of Triple Sec.
The Lime Juice: This should really be a non-negotiable ingredient, but we have seen recipes calling for lemon or even grapefruit juice. We truly recommend you stick with the lime.
The Glass: The Margarita glass was invented for this cocktail, but it’s a party drink so can be served in just about anything including a beer mug.
The Consistency: If you want to make a Frozen Margarita, just put the same ingredients in a blender with about 2 cups of ice. Some people also like their Margarita served straight-up with no ice but in that case, do make sure the glass is chilled.
The truly lazy can find Margarita mix at the store, but you should really stay away. Take the time to squeeze some limes and taste the drink the way it was meant to be enjoyed.
Here’s the real recipe for a Margarita drink:
- 45ml Tequila
- 15ml Cointreau
- 30ml Lime juice
- Wedge of lime
- Fill a shaker with ice.
- Add all ingredients except the salt.
- Shake vigorously.
- Run a wedge of lime around the outside of a Margarita glass and rim with salt.
- Strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into the glass being careful not to mix the salt into the drink.
- Garnish with a wedge of lime.
- Cocktail shaker
- Margarita glass