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How to make the perfect margarita

How to make the perfect margarita cocktail

Ok, so you've found the home of premium tequila in Australia and now you want to know how to mix the perfect margarita cocktail. Just before we launch in to it, we thought we might just give a brief over view for those wanting to know a little more.

About the margarita cocktail

The exact origins of the margarita are a fiercely contested topic, but we do know that it mimics the Daisy (an American drink made with brandy following the same ratios). It is likely that during prohibition, tequila become the substitute in the cocktail as revellers headed south of the boarder in search of a drink. The classic margarita contains high quality tequila, orange liqueur and freshly squeezed citrus juice (usually lime). 

In 1990 Julio Bermejo experimented with agave nectar instead of triple sec (orange liqueur) and found that it better pronounced the agave and citrus flavours of the original margarita recipe. Working at his parent's bar 'Tommy's Place' at the time, it was soon coined 'Tommy's margarita'. It's no surprise this substitute worked wonders as 2 / 3 of the ingredients are sourced from the same plant!

Ingredients

Classic margarita

  • 100% Agave tequila - 60ml
  • Orange liqueur - 15ml
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice - 30ml
  • Rimming salt (any course ground salt)
  • Ice

Tommy's margarita

  • 100% Agave tequila - 60ml
  • Agave nectar - 15ml
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice - 30ml
  • Rimming salt (any course ground salt)
  • Ice

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Method

Mixing the perfect margarita is easy. Just follow the step below and you'll be impressing guests in less than a minute.

    • Place some ice cubes in your glass to help chill it down.
    • Next add the tequila, orange liqueur/ agave nectar and lime juice to your shaker with a few cubes of ice
    • Now it's time to shake it shake it baby. Give it a good go (around 20 full seconds) until the ice starts to melt and dilute the mixture slightly. Note: Don't overdo it you don't want to over dilute the concoction.
    • Remove the ice cubes from the glass and wipe the juiced lime around the rim, follow with the salt. Any excess should be removed. Salt is a garnish not an ingredient.
    • Pour the mix from the shaker, through a strainer, into the glass.
    •  Serve.

Variations

    • Try a chilli salt to rim the glass
    • Garnish with sliced jalapenos for a spicy touch
    • Instead of 30ml freshly squeezed lime juice, use 50% lime and lemon juice
    • Blend ice to a slushy consistency, add to glass, pour over to achieve a frozen margarita.

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