The Real Margarita- we suffer so you don’t have to™

The Real Thing

2 parts reposado tequila
1 part cointreau
1/2  part fresh squeezed lime juice
stir gently, add ice

“Skinny” Margarita

2 parts reposada tequila
1 part cointreau
1/2 part fresh squeezed lime juice
stir gently,  add ice
add sparkling water till volume is doubled

Notes:

Fresh lime juice is key. Get a good lime squeezer. We have destroyed many (we suffer so you don’t have to™). The Norpro Stainless Steel Lime Press  is the best so far. We will keep you posted but this one may be indestructible. Update: Still going strong! If you are going to use crap from a bottle you will get what you deserve, a crappy margarita. Don’t even think about it. Update: If the flavor balance doesn’t seem correct try adjusting the lime juice by a very tiny amount. Be careful, a little can have a big impact. Don’t mess with the tequila and cointreau proportions.

Mid range tequila has been declining in quality. You may need to pay a little more than you did a few years back to get a decent tequila. This means moving into the premium category. Just pay a little extra, you cheap bastard. It will make a real difference in the final product.

Reposada means rested. It is a moderately aged tequila and perfect for adding real character to your margarita. We recommend the following:  Gran Centenario Reposado,  Herradura Reposado, and for something a little different Gran Centenario  Rosangel Reposado. The Rosangel is infused with hibiscus during maturation. The hibiscus gives your margarita a smokey and slightly floral flavor.

Use actual ice cubes. You are making an adult beverage here, not a slushy for children. Blenders are for sissies.

Triple Sec is an acceptable substitute for Cointreau. None of the other orange liqueurs on the market are acceptable. (We suffer so you don’t have to™).

The skinny version is lighter but contains the exact same amount of alcohol. Don’t let it fool you. Give your keys to someone who isn’t drinking.

My dad likes to say “Tequila makes your clothes fall off”.  You have been warned.

What do you do when you make a margarita?

 

 

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  • wackyxaky

    I always recommend Cazadores (it has a buck on the front).  It’s cheaper than Patron and one of the best tequilas out there without getting into the super expensive stuff.

  • Kevin

    Hi Zachary,
    I am very familar with cazadores reposado tequila. It is one of the Mid grade tequilas I was talking about in the post that suddenly took a quality nose dive about a year ago. Two of the other bad guys were Sauza hornitos reposado and El jimador reposado. I am not sure of the exact timeing of the other two but the Sauza took a major step down from one bottle I purchased to the next. I literally thought I had gotten a bootlegged lookalike at first. What I am happy with currently are Herradura reposado and Herradura anejo. I have not been able to test a lot of alternatives side by side yet but would like to in the near future. Maybe a pilgrimage to Jalisco is in order?
    Enjoy your margartia and your sipping tequla. Love to hear of any other suggestions you come up with.
    -Kevin

  • BackyardEcosystem

    Hi Zachary,
    I am very familar with cazadores reposado tequila. It is one of the Mid grade tequilas I was talking about in the post that suddenly took a quality nose dive about a year ago. Two of the other bad guys were Sauza hornitos reposado and El jimador reposado. I am not sure of the exact timeing of the other two but the Sauza took a major step down from one bottle I purchased to the next. I literally thought I had gotten a bootlegged lookalike at first. What I am happy with currently are Herradura reposado and Herradura anejo. I have not been able to test a lot of alternatives side by side yet but would like to in the near future. Maybe a pilgrimage to Jalisco is in order?
    Enjoy your margartia and your sipping tequla. Love to hear of any other suggestions you come up with.
    -Kevin

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