Margaritas

What do we really know about the true history of the Margarita? An early Margarita was made with Cointreau, tequila and lime juice. It was mixed by Margarita Samas in 1948 at a poolside party at her Acapulco vacation house. Then there's the account of it originating across the border from El Paso, Texas in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico where Francisco "Pancho" Morales poured the first one in 1942? And yet another source tells us that Red Hinton, a bartender in Virginia City named it after his girlfriend (Margarita Mendez) who hit someone over the head with a whiskey bottle & died in the crossfire that pursued. No matter what it's origin, we're glad it's here!

Your tequila the most important item in your Margarita. With all the different styles, it is merely a question of taste, but a 100% blue agave is recommended. Most bar recipes call for just tequila and triple sec for spirits. That is because of bar costs and it makes an adequate margarita. Grand Marnier has a very distinctive flavor and is great if you are a fan. You could also try Grand Marnier & Cointreau together. Blue Curacao can also be used & if show is what you're looking for, it makes a delightful Blue Margarita. Sour mix or commercial Margarita mix can be used, but fresh squeezed limes and lemons are the best. Add a dash of simple syrup if you prefer them on the sweeter side.

Recipes

Basic Margarita

1 1/2 oz. Tequila 
3/4 oz. Triple Sec (or Cointreau) 
Juice 1 oz. fresh lime, 1/2 oz. fresh lemon
Dash of Simple Syrup to taste

Shake well with ice, Strain into a salt rimmed glass over fresh ice.

Blue Margarita

Substitute 3/4 oz. Blue Curacao for Triple Sec, Rim glass with sugar instead of salt.

Flavored Margaritas

  • Strawberry - Substitute 1 oz. strawberry liqueur for the triple sec or puree for the sour mix and omit the lime juice. Use a sugar-rimmed glass. 

  • Apple - Substitute 1 oz. Apple Puckers for the triple sec and omit the lime juice. Substitute half of the sour mix with apple juice. Use a salt-rimmed glass. 

  • Peach - Substitute 1 oz. peach schnapps for the triple sec and omit the lime juice. Use a sugar-rimmed glass. 

  • Raspberry - Substitute 1 oz. Chambord or raspberry liqueur for the triple sec and omit the lime juice. Use a sugar-rimmed glass. 

  • Melon - Substitute 1 oz. Midori or melon liqueur for the triple sec and omit the lime juice. Use a sugar-rimmed glass. 

Golden Margarita

Substitute 3/4 oz. Grand Marnier and use Reposado Tequila

Italian Margarita

1 oz. Amaretto, 1/2 oz. Cointreau, 1/2 oz. Tequila, 2 oz. Fresh lime juice 

Melon Margarita

Substitute Midori for the Triple Sec

Pitcher of Margaritas

This recipe will make two quarts.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 1/2 Cups Tequila
  • 1 3/4 Cups Triple sec
  • 3/4 Cup Fresh lime juice
  • 3 Cups Fresh sour mix

PREPARATION:

Shake all ingredients together and store refrigerated. Give a shake when ready to serve and pour over ice in a salt-rimmed glass.