Shake Things Up!

Shake things up!

Mix a perfect margarita every time

The margarita is a refreshing crowd-pleasing cocktail that is perfect for any warm weather get-together. It’s easy to make from scratch with a few simple ingredients.

The main components of a classic margarita are tequila, Cointreau, and fresh lime juice. When it comes to mixing a perfect margarita, quality ingredients and proportions make the difference between a good drink and a bad one. So why waste ingredients?

Skip the trial and error, and make yourself a marvelous margarita each and every time you want one. All you need to do is follow these directions and suggestions…

The way to mix a perfect margarita

  1. Place coarse sea salt (or preferred salt mixture*) in a shallow dish.
  2. Run a wedge of lime along the lip of your glass, turn the glass upside down, and lightly dip the lip in the salt.
  3. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add 2 ounces tequila, 1 ounce lime juice, and 1 ounce Cointreau (or Triple Sec).
  4. Shake the ingredients until the exterior frosts.
  5. Strain the ingredients into a glass over rocks.
  6. Garnish with a slice of lime and enjoy immediately.

The best ingredients are needed for the best margarita

Since the principal flavour of the margarita is the tequila, it’s very important that you have the best stuff you can get your hands on. When choosing tequila, look for 100 percent agave tequila. If it isn’t listed as 100 percent on the bottle, then it’s quite possible that up to 49 percent of your tequila is fermented cane sugar. Also know that gold standard doesn’t mean much. It actually refers to the caramel colouring that is added to make the colourless tequila more appealing.

Reposado is a wonderful 100 percent agave tequila to use for margaritas. It has been aged in oak barrels for a minimum of two months (and up to one year), and is quite mellow in flavour.

Cointreau is an orange liqueur made from sweet and bitter orange skins that has an alcohol content of 40 percent. Triple sec is a liqueur made from orange skins with a lower alcohol content that ranges from 15 to 30 percent depending on the brand you choose. When used in a margarita the flavours are quite similar. Choosing which liquor to compliment the tequila is a personal preference that comes down to how boozy you want your cocktail to be.

Use only fresh limes when mixing up a perfect margarita. Resist the temptation to use a sour mix or bottled lime juice. A true margarita has very few ingredients, so the quality of each cocktail is important. The first sip will have you thankful for this tip.

The flavour of the limes can vary depending on the variety, the season, the weather, and the origin. Taste your lime juice before you mix your drink. If you have an aggressively sour batch of juice, use a smaller ratio. The lime should be refreshing and enjoyable, not something that makes your throat burn. You can also add a splash of freshly squeezed orange juice to balance overpowering limes with some sweetness.

To get the most juice out of your limes, microwave them for 15 seconds and then roll them around on the counter a few times before juicing them. Investing in a citrus juicer is the key if you’d prefer to enjoy your margarita much faster.

Whether you are mixing a single margarita after a long day at the office or a big batch for your backyard barbeque, you will have the perfect pour if you stick with the 2:1:1 ratio. Two parts tequila, one part lime juice, and one part liquor will never let you down.

Now it’s time to shake things up!

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*Salt mixture: add 1 tablespoon of coconut sugar to 1 cup of coarse sea salt for a sweet and salty rim. You can also spice things up by adding 2 tablespoons of cumin or ¾ teaspoon of cayenne to 1 cup of coarse sea salt.
If you want things a little fruity, muddle a hulled, juicy strawberry in the glass before adding the ice. Add a splash of club soda to make your cocktail fizzy.