Springtime means the start of Margarita season. Cocktail menus everywhere showcase this seasonal cocktail with interesting flavour combinations and new spins on the classic cocktail. For us, the first margarita on a warm day is the classic shaken margarita. This recipe takes four simple ingredients and creates the perfect citrusy treat to enjoy with the springtime breeze. All you need to build the perfect cocktail is your favourite tequila, fresh lime juice, cointreau or triple sec and a mouth-watering salt rim. Shaken over ice, this is not the super-sweet slushy beverage many people envision when they think of the margarita. This is a more refreshing, tart version of the classic cocktail that uses a bartender set or tools you have at home so you can keep the blender in the cupboard and the prep nice and simple.
Nobody wants to ask their guests to cover their ears while they fire up the blender every thirty seconds! This margarita is a simple, delicious springtime classic that is perfect for company. Make sure that you start with a high-quality tequila as this cocktail really lets that spirit shine. Some people also choose to add a bit of simple syrup to their drink to sweeten it up a bit, which makes this a great option to customize for your guests.
A little History on the Margarita
The margarita has a couple stories surrounding its tequila based deliciousness. One of the stories goes on to say a dancer that worked at a bar in Mexico named, Margarita was apparently allergic to all other spirits other then, you guessed it—Tequila! So a kind bartender named Carlos "Danny" Herrera, owner of Tijuana restaurant Rancho La Gloria, claims he invented the cocktail in 1938 and presented to her just to see her smile, perhaps. An other story is that the Margarita was simply whipped up by a gal named Margarita Sames, while vacationing in Acapulco in 1948. Her friend Tom Hilton liked it so much that he put it on his cocktail menu at the (Hilton Hotel) in 1948. However, in 1945 José Cuervo had been running a drink campaign stating: "Margarita: It's more than just a gir'ls name" so that story has been debunked. Having the name Margarita does put up a pretty convincing story though. All that being said, I like the more romantic story myself.
What you'll need.
2oz Silver Tequila
1 oz Lime juice (freshly squeezed for superior taste)
Salt for the rim
Cocktail Shaker or Bartender Set ( Mason jar works to ) for shaking all liquids
Your first step should focus on prep. When it comes to any great tasting cocktail it is always best to go with freshly squeezed citruses. I warm up whichever citrus i'm using in a bowl of hot water to really get the juices flowing and squeeze them out using my hand held citrus squeezer.
In a Cocktail shaker, combine Tequila, Cointreau and Lime juice with Ice and shake it up.
Before pouring the contents in the shaker or mason jar into the low ball glass you're going to want to take a lime wedge and coat the rim with juice and dip the rim into salt coating the top.
This cocktail should take approximately 10-15 mins from preparation to the table. Shake until chilled and pour over fresh ice. You should have a nice pail green. To really Spruce up the ascetics add some dried fruit like a Lime wheel for contrast. And there you have it. The Margarita.