Thursday, May 5, 2011

Making Margaritas

I don't usually come home from work and make cocktails, but yesterday, a craving struck. This recipe, which I spotted on Pinterest, promised to be "the only margarita I'll ever want to drink again," so I couldn't wait one more day, in this case until Cinco de Mayo, to try it. It was simple, refreshing and so tasty. Those salty crystals paired with that tangy blend are what a day at the beach would taste like if you mixed it in a cocktail shaker. A girl could get used to this.

A Classic Shaken Margarita
Recipe courtesy of ReadyMade

2 oz. 100% agave silver (blanco) - Recommended: El Tesoro, Sauza Hornitos, or El Milagro (which brings an amazing vanilla-ness to the party)
1 ounce Cointreau - you can use Gran Marnier if you happen to have some, but stear clear of Triple Sec
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
1/4 - 1/2 oz. agave nectar (optional)
Kosher salt

1. Begin by squeezing the lime juice with a juicer or citrus reamer. Use the spent lime half to rim a 4-5 oz. martini glass or a rocks glass, and dip into the salt. (If you like them less salty, only rim half of the glass.) Place in the freezer or fill with ice cubes and water to chill.

2. Pour the lime juice into a shaker, and add the orange liqueur and tequila, and the agave nectar (if that's what you're using). Fill the shaker with ice, and shake until your hands get cold, then shake some more. It's essential that it's very well mixed and diluted just so with the melted ice, and that comes from shaking. Don't skimp here; you're hard work will be rewarded.

3. Retrieve your glass, and fill with ice if using a rocks glass. Strain your shaken cocktail into the glass, and enjoy!


  1. There are tons of margarita types but I still love this classic margarita!! Every once in a while after a long day it's totally needed!! =)

    Melanie's Randomness

  2. We're headed to the beach on Sunday and these are calling my name! Thanks for the recipe :)

  3. I am of the belief that a good margarita is one of life's greatest pleasures. :)

  4. Perfect timing! I was just about to run to the store to pick up the cinco de mayo essentials, can't wait to give this recipe a try!

  5. Yum yum yum! Agave nectar has to be so good in it. I think we'll try to make these tonight!

  6. all this cinco de mayo pics everywhere are making me sooo hungry! We just got back from Mexico and I want to do back! YUMMY margs

  7. Good morning from Tokyo!

    This looks like a wonderful recipe! We put off our Cinqo de Mayo celebrations as it was Children's Day, but we're going to enjoy some bacon-wrapped jalepeno poppers this weekend. This margarita will be the perfect way to quench our thirst!



  8. yes...exactly how i like mine. you know what else is good in a margarita - amaretto, yes, it is

  9. I could definitely go for one of those right about now!
    So was it as good as they described?

  10. It was pretty fantastic! There's not one thing I would change about it.

  11. I love that these are served in jars! What a fun idea. Thanks for sharing.



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