It is not a secret that I like tequila. As I have stated in some of my previous posts I have been drinking tequila since I was 10. Actually not...since I was 14...Ok Ok...16. Usually I don't drink cocktails because I like the flavor of what I am drinking on its own -and my experiences with the mix of fruit juice and alcohol was not great way back then when I was young and beautiful-.
Sometimes I drink a good Manhattan and my other mix drink is Margarita. The problem is that in most places Margaritas are just terrible. There is this conception that is a let's get drunk drink or a we are in Puerto Vallarta drink and in reality it is a fantastic cocktail. It is wrongly conceived so bad that they sell the "pre mixed" margarita!!!
I am a perfectionist -kind of, not really- but when it comes to cooking I really pay attention. Now that Spring is approaching us AND the fact that the current wife gave me a kit to make ice spheres so I can mimic a Manhattan given to me in Mexico that was served inside (yes inside) a ice sphere. Those guys there (I can't say that it was the Four Seasons in Mexico because it would sound pretentious) know how to make a good drink shine.
Their Manhattan was fantastic and, I can humbly say...my Margarita is fantastic too!
Go crazy. Make one...try and prove me wrong. I have added some common questions and answers at the end of the recipe to answer before you even ask.
The best (and real) Margarita Ever!
Preparation Time: 15 Minutes Makes 1 servings
1 Oz Lime Juice
1 Oz Agave Syrup
1 Oz Grand Marnier
1 Oz Tequila -a good one!-
Ice for Chilling the mix
- We are going to mix the Lime juice, the agave syrup, the Grand Marnier and the tequila.
2. Using a bartender mixer glass or something like that would do the trick, put tons of ice (at least 3/4 of the container) and pour the tequila mix.
3. Shake like crazy for about 1 minute, as we want the Margarita to be cold.
4. Using a strainer separate the ice from the Margarita. You can add ONE big ice cube -or sphere- so it keeps it cool but doesn’t make it watery….
Now… couple of pre-emptive answers to common questions:
-Can I use Couintrau instead of Grand Marnier?
-Yes you can. I like the taste of the Grand Marnier for this drink, but you can use Couintreau also.
- I use a cheap tequila, right?
- Not at all. The most important part of the cocktail is the tequila. Using cheap tequila will equal a cheap flavored drink. A good cocktail needs good ingredients. I use reposado, but you can use regular, Añejo or Platino or diamane…up to you.
- Can I substitute the Agave syrup for something else, like sugar or honey?
- No. sorry the agave syrup and the tequila come from the same plant. The flavors just work.
- I like blended Margaritas…
- I like Ice cream too but this is a cocktail not sorbet. The crushed ice will just water down the drink. No point in that, right?
- And…the salt on the glass rim?
-I feel that the salt adds nothing to the drink and only adds an unwanted flavor to it.
-I don’t have tequila can I use white rum, for example?
-Are you kidding me?