The Margarita

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You would think that this drink would have some kind of long history / origin story riddled with tales of Spanish conquerors and native princesses. I mean after all the margarita is one of the most popular drinks on planet earth for crying out loud.


Where’d it come from? No one really knows. The dude that is hailed with being the our modern cocktail historian (David Wondrich) agrees that the cocktail was invented sometime between 1938 and 1948 and was an evolution of a cocktail called the “daisy”. By the way another awesome “daisy” cocktail and probably where the margarita came from is the side car. If you haven’t tried a side car you should.


But back on track, the best 2 stories about where the margarita came from are either, some restaurant owner in 1938 made it on request for some famous person in Baja California. Or the other story is some other dude from Texas made it for a house party in 1948.


But one thing we do know is by the 50’s this drink was commonplace and no one cared where it came from because the blender was everywhere and people loved to blend it up.



Margarita


2 oz. blanco tequila

.5 oz. orange liqueur (Cointreau)

1 oz. lime juice

.5 oz. agave nectar

Salt


Salt the glass. The best method is to fill a shallow plate or a wide bowl with coarse salt. Cut the lime into a wedge and rub the rim with it, then gently roll the lime covered edge of the glass in the salt. You can also cup your hand and put a small amount of salt in it and repeat the same technique if you don’t have a plate or a lot of salt. One thing that doesn’t work very well is trying to dust the glass with salt, like liming the glass and then grinding the salt over it, that doesn’t work.

Now the salt I’m talking about isn’t your normal table salt that’s in the shaker. The salt granules you need are a little bigger than that. We buy kosher salt, but if you don’t have that, the salt that comes from Costco in the little grinder is good. Just set the grinder as coarse as it goes pretty much and grind away.


Combine all ingredients in shaker


Shake and strain over fresh ice. I like it better over fresh ice, it presents better and the new ice is larger and not broken from the shaking so it dilutes slower in a bar / restaurant environment, however if you’re making these at home, your ice machine is probably pretty small and you’re probably gonna smash these, so just dirty dump it. this is when you just dump all the contents from the shaker into the glass, no strainer required. So that begs the question do you even need to shake it? Yes you need to shake it. the shaking aerates the drink and that aeration help the liquid interact with your tongue differently, thus changing the taste of the drink. Trust me, just shake it.


Garnish with a lime wedge. If you don’t know how to cut a lime see our video on citrus manipulation.

I also should mention that if you don’t have agave nectar you can use simple syrup in this recipe and still get a great drink.





Ok margarita variations!

The blanco tequila I think is best, however equally delicious and just as popular is the reposado version. Everything else being the same just swop out blanco for repo.


Repo Margarita


2 oz. reposado tequila

.5 oz. orange liqueur (Cointreau)

1 oz. lime juice

.5 oz. agave nectar

Salt


There’s also a huge following on the mezcal seen so swapping that out for the tequila gives you an awesome smoky push. Now you could swop it out completely if you’re a super fan on the smoke or if you’re just getting into it you could cut it ½ and ½


Mezcal Margarita


1 oz. Mezcal (vida)

1 oz. blanco tequila

.5 oz. orange liqueur (Cointreau)

1 oz. lime juice

.5 oz. agave nectar

Salt


Ok that’s cool but what is you don’t have agave nectar? NBD a tractional margarita recipe didn’t have any sweeteners in them to begin with so leaving it out won’t hurt my feelings. But you should adjust the ratios a bit. The sweetness is going to come from the orange liqueur only so you’ll have to beef it up.


Margarita with no agave nectar


1.5 oz. blanco tequila

1 oz. orange liqueur (Cointreau)

.75 oz. lime juice

Salt


Ok but what about fruit? Or spicey? One awesome trick is to muddle something into the shaker and shake the margarita with is. Some of our favorites to shake with a margarita:

  • Cilantro

  • Jalapeños

  • Pineapple

  • Grapefruit

  • Blackberries

  • Raspberries

  • Strawberries

And of course huckleberry!


Huckleberry Margarita


2 oz. blanco tequila

.5 oz. orange liqueur (Cointreau)

1 oz. lime juice

.75 oz. House Made huckleberry syrup

Salt

There you go. Get after that margarita game! If you need to get our huckleberry syrup click here!

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