TBT Classic Cocktail #5: The Margarita

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It’s May 1st, everyone. That means we are in the final countdown to Cinco De Mayo. And we all know what that means: it’s time to get your margaritas in order.

So! Today we will be giving you our best traditional margarita recipe, as well as an alternative special of our very own so that you have time to prepare yourselves properly for Monday’s festivities. Let’s get down to it, everyone.

The margarita. Does a more perfect drink exist? We don’t think so. The origins of the drink itself are shrouded in mystery, but the most popular story behind its invention comes from the 1930s: it is said that the bartender at Rancho La Gloria, a restaurant located half way between Tijuana and Rosarito, was asked by a famous broadway dancer named Marjorie King to invent a drink for her based around tequila, as she was allergic to most other spirits. And thus, the margarita was born! Thank you Marjorie King, your food allergies may just have left us with one of the greatest drinks known to man.

Alright, time to get down to business. To create the perfect margarita, you will need:

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  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1 1/2 oz tequila (preferably añejo)
  • Granulated salt (for the rim)
  • 1/4 lime wedge, to garnish

Gather all of your ingredients, plus your cocktail shaker, juice press, jiggers, measuring spoons, small plate/bowl to use for the salt rim, and serving glass.

First, pour your 1 oz of lime juice into your shaker glass.

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Next, add in your 1 tablespoon of agave. You will need to stir the measuring spoon directly into the glass to get it to integrate, but agave is much lighter weight than honey and it will be relatively easy to get it all off of the spoon.

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Next add in your tequila and triple sec. It is important to use triple sec and not Grand Marnier–triple sec literally means triple dry in French, it is distilled to a higher proof than Grand Marnier, and is also lower in sugar content. Using Grand Marnier will make the drink too sweet.

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Before you shake your drink, first prep your serving glass. First, pour out some salt onto your small plate or bowl.

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Next, cut a notch in your 1/4 lime wedge and circle it around the edge of your serving glass to wet it, and then circle the top of the glass in the salt.

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Now fill your shaker tin 2/3 full of ice, pour your ingredients in, secure the shaker glass, and shake for 30-60 seconds, until the entire shaker tin is cold and frosty. Then add ice to your serving glass, and strain that deliciousness in there!

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Add your lime wedge to the edge of the glass, and BOOM! You are ready to take on the world.

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You are officially ready for Cinco De Mayo!

BUT! If you are interested in a slightly more caliente option, check out our spicy margarita recipe: The PJ Harvey!



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