Easy Steps to Make a Perfect Version of the Classic Margarita
With plenty of warm sunshine gracing our lives lately, some might say that we’re at the peak of margarita season. We’d like to argue that there’s no such thing because the perfect margarita should be a year-round indulgence. After all, nothing beats sipping on deliciously fresh margarita while sharing some chips and salsa with your friends during a Mexican inspired nosh-fest.
Of course, when you head out for Mexican food in Henderson, ordering a margarita is a must. But what about all those times when you want to enjoy summer’s favorite drink at home, or with the company of great friends?
The classic margarita is one of those drinks that is beautiful in its simplicity, but a little challenging to get the balance just right. We’re not talking about the froufrou frozen, mango-strawberry-spicy pomegranate margarita concoction (although there’s a time and place for everything), but rather a perfect, classic margarita that’s simply irresistible. If you want to wow your friends (and yourself), here’s everything you need to know to make a perfect margarita.
Who Created this Tequila Masterpiece?
Here’s what we know about the origin of one of the most popular modern cocktails – not much at all. The origins of the margarita are shrouded in a bit of mystery, and a bit of debate as to who was the real creator. What we do know is that the margarita was invented somewhere in Mexico, and eventually made its way across the border to become one of the favorite cocktails in the United States.
Rumor has it that during Prohibition, some thirsty partygoers would travel a little south of the border to sip on some forbidden spirits. You can imagine that it didn’t take more than a sip or two of a margarita for the drink to become a trendy craze. Once the ban on alcohol was lifted at the end of Prohibition, the margarita soon landed a spot-on drink menus in southern states closest to the border. It didn’t take long before the popularity of the drink spread like wildfire to achieve the cult status that it maintains today.
Are Margaritas best made Frozen, Shaken, or Stirred?
First, let’s say that how you choose to drink your margarita is a matter of personal preference, and there’s no “wrong” way to drink the classic cocktail. However, the margarita purists in the world would tell you another story. If you want to experience the margarita as it was intended to be, shaken and over ice is the way to go.
There’s nothing wrong with an icy cold, frozen margarita on a hot summer day. The thing is, this method doesn’t always deliver the true flavors of the cocktail due to becoming watered down as the drink melts. You’re also not going to create the perfect margarita if you just pour the ingredients into a glass – no matter how perfected your formula.
By pouring the ingredients in a shaker with a bit of ice, then mixing until perfectly blended and nicely chilled before pouring over ice, you allow each of the ingredients to stand out in their own way and contribute to the overall perfection of the drink. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker at home, it’s worth the minimal investment if you want to craft the perfect margarita.
How to Make a Margarita – 4 Simple Ingredients Equal Pure Bliss
Want to know how to make a margarita that will impress your friends? It all starts with 4 simple ingredients – tequila, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, and ice. You also don’t want to forget about a little coarse ground salt to line the rim of your glass, although this is a completely optional (but often preferred) step.
There are a few things you should know before setting out to create the perfect margarita, starting with the star of the show – the tequila. The perfect margarita centers on the quality and balance of tequila in the drink. It’s important to use the best tequila you can get your hands on. It isn’t necessary to go for the gold. A nice silver tequila that’s 100% de agave is about as perfect as you can get.
Next up is the battle between Cointreau and Triple Sec. Depending on the source, you’re likely to hear that either is acceptable or preferred. Both impart an orange flavor that balances the tartness of the lime. If all you have on hand is Triple Sec, it will work but the gold standard is Cointreau. Cointreau has a deeper, more complex flavor. Triple Sec can taste a bit like you’ve added a heavy, overly sweet syrup to your cocktail, and it’s obvious to spot when it’s been overdone.
Finally, don’t even think about using imitation lime juice or something lime flavored in place of the real thing. Roll up your sleeves and juice the limes – trust us, it’s worth it!
Now with that out of the way, here are the 6 steps to making the perfect margarita.
- Start by chilling your glass. Add some ice and let it sit for a couple minutes while your gathering the rest of the ingredients.
- Salt your rim. Right before you start mixing, dump the ice from the glass, rub a wedge of lime around the edge and then lightly dip the edge in course salt. Tap off the excess.
- Add some ice to a cocktail shaker – a handful should do the trick.
- Add in 2 oz tequila, 1 oz Cointreau, and 1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice.
- Make the magic. Place the top on the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker feels well chilled.
- Pour the margarita over ice, garnish with a lime wedge and serve.
Option Two – Let Borracha Do the Work
The best way to enjoy a margarita is by sitting back and letting someone else make it for you. When the urge to sip on pure heaven strikes, come to Borracha and let one of our mixologists wow your taste buds with the best margaritas in Henderson. You can also join us for Tacos and Tequila every Tuesdays where $24 buys you all the Tacos and margaritas you can handle. Don’t wait another minute to sip on the perfect margarita. Make your reservation and RSVP at Borracha today.