I know, I know. Everybody knows how to make a margarita. Yeah, yeah; you and your mother. Ha! Just kidding. You'd be surprised how many people can butcher this classic cocktail. So to me, the real question is, do you know how to make the perfect margarita?
I do. And soon, so will you!
The Perfect Classic Margarita
on the rocks
Difficulty: Easy until drunk, then extremely difficult
Time: 3 minutes?
1 1/2 jigger gold tequilla. Don Julio or 1800 are my faves for margaritas.
3/4 jigger Grand Mariner, plus extra for a floater
2 limes, juiced
few splashes Sweet & Sour
few splashes of Rose's Lime
margarita rim salt
Smear a little of Rose's Lime onto the margarita salt container lid, then use it to coat the rim of the margarita glass; dip the glass into the salt. Set aside. Fill a shaker 3/4 of the way with ice. Pour in 1 1/2 jigger tequilla, 3/4 jigger Grandma, the Sweet & Sour, Rose's Lime and fresh lime juice. Lid and shake hard for minimum 30 seconds. Pour carefully into margarita glass. Gently top margarita with a floater of Grandma.
*To do a floater w/o those handy pour spouts used in bars, pour the liquor slowly over a spoon that is positioned at the edge of the glass, moving the spoon around the surface to keep it even--of course, most people don't care if you can't actually see the color difference of the floater, so only do that for the picky types.
*If you are determined to sully this Perfect, Classy Margarita into a froo-froo-frozen drink *curses*, I recommend using the Welch's Strawberry Breeze, from the frozen section, blended with ice that's all chipped up like they have at Sonic--otherwise the liquors won't blend well with the ice and you get, half-runny, half-ice-chunky margaritas. So yes; Welch's Strawberry Breeze, nice ice, and omit the Sweet & Sour and lime juices. Don't forget the umbrella, you tequilla tourists.
I lurrve margaritas.