sours family (such as the Classic Daiquiri and Sidecar), the Classic Margarita is a mixture of alcohol (tequila), fresh citrus juice (lime), and a sweetener (in this case, the orange-flavored liqueur, triple sec). Margaritas are usually prepared in a cocktail shaker and served straight up in a cocktail glass, although they're also frequently served on the rocks, as pictured above. Frozen The slushy, blender-drink version made with pureed ice. Flavored Margaritas In addition to the tequila, lime, and triple sec, a fourth ingredient such as a fruit juice (pomegranate, strawberry, etc) or other seasoning (such as tamarind, as in the pic above) is added to the mix. Pitcher The Margarita can be “batched” or made as a pitcher drink to serve a crowd. We’ve covered this here at The Kitchn before with Sara Kate’s recipe. RATIOS Recipe proportions vary widely. I took a quick survey of Classic Margarita recipes from some of the cocktail books I have at home, each written by a well-known mixologist, and found quite a range in the ratios: Dale Degroff: 6:4:3 (1 1/2 ounces tequila, 1 ounce triple sec, 3/4 ounce lime juice) Gary Regan: 3:2:1 (1 1/2 ounces tequila, 1 ounce triple sec, 1/2 lime juice) David Wondrich: 2:1:1 (2 ounces tequila, 1 ounce triple sec, 1 ounce lime juice) Salvatore Calabrese: 3:2:3 (1 ounce tequila, 2/3 ounce triple sec, 1 ounce lime juice) Tarter? Sweeter? Boozier? Take your pick.
AND FINALLY, MY FAVORITE Among all these many possible styles, my personal favorite is the Classic, prepared individually in a cocktail shaker with a quality silver tequila, freshly squeezed lime juice, and Cointreau (this combo is sometimes known as the “Silver Coin,” standing for silver tequila and Cointreau), served in a salt-rimmed glass. As far as ratios go, I like to make mine on the tarter side, and not too boozy - so I can have another. Nothing like it on a hot night. Classic Margarita (adapted from Salvatore Calabrese’s Classic Cocktails) makes one drink 1 ounce good quality silver tequila (I like Patron Silver) 2/3 ounce triple sec (I recommend Cointreau) 1 ounce fresh lime juice Kosher salt for rimming the glass (optional) Salt the rim of a cocktail glass. Combine the tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into the cocktail glass. Now it’s your turn. What’s your favorite take on the Margarita? Related: How to Rim a Cocktail Glass for Margaritas - And More (Images: Nora Maynard) -Nora Maynard