How To Make a Proper Margarita
Andy note: "Blast from the past - Best of Eddie" - This one is originally from June 2010 . If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see up again shoot me a message.
I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's the best they're going to feel all day. ~Frank Sinatra
Summer is upon us, and on those rare occasions that you find yourself with time off while the sun is still shining, few drinks put you in a better mood than the storied. Like everything else in life, however, there is a right and a wrong way to "do" a margarita. Consider this a public service post to educate the younger and less experienced drinkers in our fair forum. It was inspired by a pretty hilarious drunken conversation I had with Patrick last night.
The first step in making a proper margarita is to take a quick trip to the bathroom. Casually drop trou and see if you notice a pair of testicles down there. Got 'em? Congratulations! You'll be taking your margarita on the rocks. Nothing looks quite as ridiculous as a grown man sipping a frothy blender drink. Save yourself the embarrassment. The only thing worse is a guy drinking some neon Cosmo, Appletini, Lemon Drop nonsense.
Having arrived at the fact that you'll be enjoying a rocks margarita, let's talk equipment. If you don't already have one, buy yourself a nice stainless steel shaker. They're not expensive, they're easy to clean, and they last forever. While you're at it, buy a small rack of stainless bar tools that includes a two-sided jigger and a garnish knife.
A word about tequila selection. There are many (literally hundreds) of fantastic premium tequilas on the market. Some I would comfortably compare to the finest single malt scotches. You won't be using any of these for your margarita. There are premium (or Cadillac) margaritas, but it isn't the tequila that makes them that way. To mix premium tequila is just wasteful unless you're selling overpriced drinks to know-nothings at T.G.I.Fridays. For our purposes, Cuervo will do just fine.
Here is your ingredient list:
- José Cuervo or comparable swill
- Triple Sec (or you can substitute Cointreau or Grand Marnier to kick it up a notch and make it "premium")
- Rose's Lime Juice
- Sweet and Sour Mix (my preference is Finest Call or Mr. & Mrs. T's)
- Salt and Pure Lime Juice for garnish (matter of personal preference. I like my margaritas with no salt.)
Mixing up perfect margaritas is easy with the standard stainless shaker. Add some ice to the shaker and, using the 2-oz side of your jigger, mix:
4 oz of tequila
2 oz of triple sec
2 oz of Rose's Lime Juice
Fill the rest of the shaker with Sweet and Sour mix and then shake like hell
If you're the salted rim type, dip the rim of your glass in pure lime juice and give it a twist in a pile of salt. Fill the glass with ice and pour the contents of the shaker into it. Finish the drink with a floater of Grand Marnier on top for a nice flourish. Consume enough of these to forget that you're the 12th man on the deal team at work.
Have a great weekend guys, and remember, don't be this guy:
P.S. I'm always on the lookout for great drink recipes, so if you feel like sharing I'd be much obliged.