A margarita is one of the easiest of alcoholic drinks to make: at its simplest it consists of tequila, lime juice, Triple Sec, salt, crushed ice and, if preferred, some simple syrup (for sweetening).
But with the advent of flavored margaritas, many of the drink’s true aficionados are crying foul.
Mango margarita daiquiris such as this have true margarita loves up in arms.
So we’ve put together a short list of four ways you can improve your next batch of true margaritas.
- Don’t skimp on the quality of the tequila used.
Make sure you use tequila that is called 100 percent agave. This means that only blue agave sugar was used and that no additional sugars were added to the tequila during fermentation.
You also may want to splurge on reposado or anejo tequila, as they both have been aged in oak barrels
(anejo is aged longer). These two tequilas are darker and some people say they taste a bit of caramel.
- Use a Triple Sec known as Cointreau.
Many people just use Triple Sec and call it a day. But if you use Cointreau, you’ll enjoy its sweet-but-light orange flavor.
- For an eight-ounce margarita:
- Coarse salt to rim the margarita glass
- Take a fresh lime and run it around the rim of the glass.
- Place the rim of the glass atop the crushed salt
- Fill the glass two-thirds full with crushed ice
Then pour your margarita mix into the glass. This should be your ingredients’ ratio:
- One-third of a short glass of simple syrup
- Two-thirds of a shot glass of lime juice
- One-third of a shot glass of Cointreau
- One shot glass-full of tequila
- Pour the margarita mixture over the crushed ice in the glass.
A margarita can be very powerful in regards to its capacity to inebriate you – or your guests – quickly. That’s why it’s best to fill the margarita glass two-thirds full with crushed ice and then pour in the margarita mixture described above in. As the ice melts, it will dilute the margarita.
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