Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Cocktail hour :: Margaritas

What's not to love about this cocktail classic! It's almost the perfect cocktail, its icy freshness mixing with the saltiness on the glass rim, so you feel nothing but glamorous, even if you're making them in your pjs at home while watching repeats of Grey's Anatomy. Don't save them up for summer. Or Friday nights. Tuesday is always good for Margaritas. Ole! 


Tequila (I use silver)
Cointreau (I've been told triple sec can also be used but why would you bother)
Fresh lemon juice (or lime juice, or a mix of the two)
Lime wedge for garnish
Salt or sugar to rim the glass (I prefer salt)
Martini glass, which has been chilled in the freezer


It's not about quantity so much with cocktail making, moreso ratio. With Margaritas, it's 2:1:1, so that means for every two shots of tequila, you need one shot each of Cointreau and juice.

Pour into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake really really well. Try to be cool about, think Tom Cruise from that movie (see clip below).

Cut a slit in the lemon or lime that you just juiced, and run it around the rim of your martini glass. Pour some salt (or sugar) onto a shallow dish, invert your glass and jiggle it about in the salt or sugar until the rim is coated.

Using your cocktail strainer, pour the contents into the glass, add a lime wedge garnish and say cheers. Make sure you have enough for a second. The first one doesn't last long xo