How To: Make the Best Margarita
The margarita. Does your mind slip into a warm beach somewhere with your toes in the sand and drink in hand; or how about a summertime get-together with this cool, refreshing sipper?
Whatever the occasion, it certainly calls for this tequila cocktail, we’re sure of it.
Let’s dive into a quick back story of where the margarita originated from shall we; then we’ll investigate and break down how to make the best margarita!
History of The Margarita Cocktail
Where did the margarita cocktail come from?
Well, there are two “said” possible origins. Whatever the exact history behind this mixed drink is; tried and true, this cocktail is and has been a staple for quite some time.
Claimed to be created in 1938 by a man named Carlos “Danny” Herrera at his restaurant called Rancho La Gloria near Tijuana.
This cocktail was designed for a bar patron named Marjorie King. King was allergic to all spirits except for tequila. Danny willingly crafted the margarita specifically for her. It won her heart over as well as the majority of America!
A wealthy Dallas socialite named Margarita Sames claimed that she crafted the margarita cocktail in 1948. It was told that she hosted a gathering for her friends and whipped up the margarita as we know it today for her guests to enjoy.
Known to be composed one of two ways: on the rocks which means over ice or frozen which means blended with ice to give the drink a slush effect.
However this cocktail is enjoyed; the best margarita begins with great tequila and freshly squeezed lime juice (don’t skimp on these ingredients).
We will be showing you how to make your cocktail on the rocks.
Serving size is one drink
- 1 ½ oz. silver tequila
- 1 oz. orange liqueur (Cointreau, Grand Marnier or Triple Sec)
- ¾ oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
- ½ oz. agave syrup or simple syrup
- ½ oz. orange juice (optional)
- Bar salt
- Lime wedge for garnish
- Let’s prep that glass. Run a slice of lime around the rim of your cocktail glass and proceed to dip the rim of the glass into course bar salt and set aside.
- In your cocktail shaker, add tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, orange juice (optional) and the sweetener of choice, add a scoop of ice and shake vigorously.
- Fill your glass with ice and strain the shaker contents into your ice-filled cocktail glass. Garnish with a wedge of lime and enjoy immediately. “Ahhhh, so refreshing.”
You are now ready to create one of the best margaritas out there. Go ahead, impress your guests with your new-found bartending skills and cheers to a job well done, you deserve it.