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The story behind the quintessential tequila cocktail
What makes this rendition perfect, you might ask? "The secret is to use fresh juice," reveals Alex Alejandro of El Parador Café, New York City's oldest Mexican restaurant. Fresh lemon juice, that is. Alejandro explains that lemon juice is used instead of lime because it is less tart and doesn't mask the flavor of the tequila.
The Perfect Margarita
What makes this rendition perfect, you might ask? "The secret is to use fresh juice," reveals Alex Alejandro of El Parador Café, New York City's oldest Mexican restaurant. Alejandro explains that lemon juice is used instead of lime because it is less tart and doesn't mask the flavor of the tequila.
By now you should all be well familiar with the virtues and delights of the spicy cocktail. Still, should you need a refresher, try this fiery cocktail — a spiced-up take on a margarita, from the Bar d'Eau at Trump SoHo in New York City.
Prickly Pear Margarita
This garden-to-glass cocktail from Cindy Pawlcyn's Mustards Grill features the juice of prickly pears grown right in the Mustards garden.
Fresh orange and lime juice are part of the secret behind the "solid" margaritas served at New York City's La Esquina.
Muddled Avocado Margarita
Most people think, "Avocado? In a drink?" But avocado is a great textural element; it adds a nice creaminess, but without the cream. It's especially good in a margarita and goes really well with chips and salsa. The avocado flavor is not overpowering. It's more like a great margarita with a creamy element to it. The key to this version is the salt — this drink needs it. And if you want to get a little crazy, add some celery salt and crushed green peppercorns to the salt garnish.
A unique take on a pomegranate margarita, where lime juice and pomegranate seeds are frozen in ice cube form for stunning visual effect.
With an added kick of flavor from the grapefruit juice, this refreshing take on the margarita is an excellent sip any time of year. For a bit more sweetness (and a bright color), try ruby-red grapefruit juice.
Celebrity chef Rick Bayless considers this fantastic combination of bracing champagne and limey margarita the "best of both sides of the Atlantic."
Low-Sugar Pomegranate Margarita
Jake Repko, CNW Agency
The main ingredient that makes margaritas typically so unhealthy is sugar, so what if we told you this recipe is made with no refined sugars or simple syrups. That's right, we used pomegranate juice as a natural sweetener, so there's absolutely no reason to feel guilty about this one.
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How to make a margarita at home (3 steps!)
Once you’ve got the ingredients, you’re good to go! Here’s how to make margaritas at home — the single drink method:
- Rim the glass with salt. A classic margarita has salt on the rim. Why? The salt enhances the sweet and sour flavors in the drink!
- Shake in a cocktail shaker. Take that tequila, Cointreau and lime juice and shake it together in a cocktail shaker with 4 ice cubes.
- Strain into a glass. Add ice if serving on the rocks. The margarita is often served in a lowball or Old Fashioned glass, though of course you can use the classic margarita glass too. If you’d like to serve it on the rocks, throw in a few ice cubes (use Clear Ice for a stunning look).
Want to make 8 servings at once? Try our Margarita Pitcher instead! It’s even easier.
8 of the Best Margarita Recipes for Winter
If you’ve been limiting your Margarita consumption to the summer months, you’ve been doing it wrong. Though the tart, zesty flavors of America’s favorite cocktail are conducive to cooling off on sweltering summer days and pair perfectly with vacation nights, the cocktail is more versatile than you may think.
With riffs full of seasonal spices and decadent garnishes, these Margarita recipes prove that the Marg deserves a spot in your winter repertoire. So if you feel yourself tiring of Toddies, give these winter Margaritas a try.
The Spicy Blood Orange Margarita Recipe
Citrus and spice (and everything nice) hit the palate with every sip of this flavor-packed concoction. Combine reposado tequila or mezcal, blood orange juice, lime juice, and jalapeño syrup in a shaker, then strain into a rocks glass. Top with a slice of blood orange and an edible flower for a bright yet wintry feel.
Drinks Essentials For People Who Love Tequila
The Coconut Margarita Recipe
This cocktail demonstrates how easy it can be to transition your favorite summer flavors into winter drinks. The Coconut Margarita combines tequila, lime juice, grapefruit juice, creamy coconut milk, and coconut syrup. When topped with a torched cinnamon stick, the drink gets a smoky spice. The result is richly satisfying and ideal for fireside sipping.
The Winter Margarita Recipe
This cocktail’s name says it all. A Margarita riff designed for brisk temperatures, the Winter Margarita combines tequila with lime, cranberry juice, and spiced pear syrup. When drunk along with the cocktail’s salt- and-chili-rimmed glass, this sipper is sweetly fragrant and perfect for any occasion.
The Tommy’s Margarita Recipe
A simple twist on the classic Marg, the Tommy’s Margarita is a fan favorite — ranking this year as the 38th most popular cocktail in the world. To make one, take your classic Margarita recipe and simply swap out triple sec for agave nectar. This cocktail, served with hearty enchiladas, is a recipe for the perfect cozy night in.
Spicy Turmeric Margarita Recipe
Put down the green juice and pick up this tumeric-infused tequila cocktail. Made with nutritious turmeric and chili powder, it has all the cold-fighting powers of your Hot Toddy. Combine these ingredients with tequila, lime juice, and Citrónage lime, then garnish with a lime wheel and enjoy all winter long.
The Smoky Orange And Thyme Margarita Recipe
If you love the oaky, smoky flavors of Scotch, this Margarita is made for you. Combining mezcal with orange juice and thyme simple syrup gives this cocktail a peaty essence that warms you from the inside out. Garnish with a sprig of thyme and a twist of orange for some seasonal flair.
The Morning Margarita Recipe
Margaritas for breakfast? Absolutely. The Morning Margarita combines tequila, lemon-ginger simple syrup, orange juice, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. The result is a libation that can be drunk at any hour, any time of year.
The Spicy Mandarin Margarita Recipe
A combination of chopped serrano peppers, tajin, reposado tequila, mandarin juice, lime juice, and brown sugar syrup gives this riff on the classic Marg a spicy kick. The heat of this cocktail is warming, while the addition of fancy OJ cools off the palate.
Sweet, juicy blackberries make for one pretty purple drink.
If desired, garnish this spicy margarita recipe with a wedge of grilled pineapple and a chile slice. Still looking for more options? We've got a fizzy blackberry-thyme variation as well.
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8 of the best twists on Margarita recipes to enjoy this National Margarita Day
While a classic margarita is made up of tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice – served with salt on the rim of the glass – there are many variations of the delicious drink out there .Take a look at some of the best Margarita recipes and prepare for a truly tasty National Margarita Day.
1. Casamigos Tequila Margarita
Featuring the Tequila brand founded by George Clooney, this is a mouthwatering take on a Margarita.
60ml Casamigos Blanco Tequila
Optional: Salt/Sugar/Orange Zest Rim
Combine all ingredients into tin shaker. Add ice, shake vigorously, and strain into rimmed rocks glass. Add fresh ice and garnish with lime wheel through skewer. Roll rim in optional salt/sugar/orange zest mixture.
2. Azalea Margarita
This visually-pleasing Margarita recipe features Patrón with a Grenadine twist.
.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill. Strain into a rocks glass.
3. The Monterita
For a twist on a classic Margarita, this recipe swaps orange liqueur for Amaro Montenegro to create a refreshingly bittersweet Italian take on the iconic cocktail – the Monterita.
45ml Patron Reposado tequila
10ml Lime juice (freshly squeezed)
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled glass.
LOW CALORIE MARGARITA RECIPES
These two Margarita recipes featuring 21 Seeds Tequila are both under 150 calories – a guilt-free treat!
4. Spicy Skinnyseed Margarita (low calorie)
2 oz 21 Seeds Cucumber Jalapeño Tequila
5. Frozen Mago-Ritas – Pitcher (low calorie)
6 oz 21 Seeds Valencia Orange Tequila
1 oz simple syrup mixed with 2 oz of water
6. Margarita Caliente
1 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange
4 Dashes Chipotle Tabasco
2 Bar spoons orange marmalade
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, and shake to chill and texturize. Strain into a double old fashioned glass with a large ice cube. Garnish with an orange twist.
7. Margarita Amore
.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange
.5 oz Valentina-passion fruit syrup*
+ Fresh chili pepper for garnish
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake to chill. Strain into a chilled margarita glass. Garnish with a small chili pepper. *Valentina-passion fruit syrup: Combine two parts passion fruit syrup to one part Valentina hot sauce and stir to combine. Store refrigerated.
8. The ‘Perfect Margarita’
Eduardo Gomez, founder of TequilaFest and Mexican online grocery shop MexGrocer shares his top tips and recipe for a perfect Margarita.
50ml Tequila 100% or Mezcal Ojo de Dios
5ml El Yucateco Habanero Sauce
- Rim the glass with half lime and Tajin classic chilli powder
- Add some ice into a cocktail mixer
- Juice 1 Lime into the cocktail mixer
- Add 15ml of Agave syrup
- Add a spoon of El Yucateco Habanero Sauce
- Add 50ml Tequila 100% or Mezcal Ojo de Dios
- Get shaking!
- Pour into the glass and add a slice on lime
Meanwhile, model Kendall Jenner has announced the launch of her own Tequila brand, 818. You can read more about the spirit, and its story, here.
Easy Cocktail Recipes: 8 Superb Riffs On The Margarita
Chris Taylor's habanero-passionfruit margarita delivers summery vibes—with a kick.
As far as I’m concerned margarita season starts now.
Nevermind that mercury still falls consistently below 60 degrees where I am in New York City. I (and many others) are over winter—not to mention our godforsaken down coats. I’m ready for cocktails that’ll elevate my mood and jolt me out of my pandemic-enhanced cold-weather blues. And enjoying a superbly made margarita does just that and never disappoints: There’s seriously no going wrong here, especially when you consider that margaritas are relatively easy to make.
And truth be told, this gem of a cocktail needn’t be relegated to the warmer months of the year, or for beach vacations, or for Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Readers, this is no seasonal drink. It’s cocktail that can delight you throughout the year. (The way a Bloody Mary or martini can.)
The El Coco Carlos—by Chas Martin and Benji Homsey—took the classic margarita and added elements of . [+] coconut and orange to make the cocktail extra refreshing.
Even in the depths of winter, my partner-cum-personal bartender concocted multiple magarita variations for me: There were smokey mezcal ones in December, honeybell-and-jalapeño margaritas in January, and even extra spicy multi-citrus ones in February.
Okay, so it's not a margarita—but weɽ be remiss if we didn't shout out to our other favorite tequila cocktail.
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