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The Margarita

Entry Date: May 2010

About the Drink

Margarita (cocktail) entry in Wikipedia


Preferred Formulations

Gary Regan, ICE Master Judge
The margarita is probably the most important drink to know intimately, since once you can make a margarita you'll also be able to make a sidecar, a kamikaze, even a cosmopolitan. All four of these classics have the same mainframe: three parts liquor, two parts orange-flavored liqueur, and one part fresh lime or lemon juice - with a splash of cranberry juice for the cosmo.

I tend toward Cointreau when I make margaritas, though I've been known to use Grand Marnier on occasion, too, and if that's the case I usually add a little extra lime juice to the drink to help balance the relative sweetness of that liqueur. Tequila-wise I recommend sticking to white tequila, through some reposado bottling work well, too, and try to use 100 percent agave bottlings if you want the pure peppery vegetal qualities of the spirit to shine through.

45 ml (1.5 oz) white 100% agave tequila
30 ml (1 oz) Cointreau
15 ml (.5 oz) fresh lime juice
Shake over ice and strain into a salt-rimmed (optional), chilled cocktail

Dale DeGroff, ICE Master Judge
"1 1/2 ounces 100% blue agave blanco tequila
1 ounce Cointreau
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
Optional: 1/4 ounce Agave nectar for a sweeter drink

Preparation: Frost half the rim of the desired glass old fashioned for rocks and cocktail for up with kosher salt
assemble the ingredients in a boston glass with ice and shake well to chill. Strain into the prepared glass."

LeNell Smothers, ICE Master Judge
"It's big and strong like my man and tart and kickin' like me. This recipe is partly to blame for my falling in love with my man Demián. Damiana is
a common aphrodisiac around Baja. I usually warn that with so much alcohol in this recipe, one and the clothes come off. Two and things get
a little crazy. Three and somebody’s sleeping on the sofa alone. We strongly recommend no more than two of these in a 24 hour period.

Demián's Damiana Margarita
1.5 ounces liqueur with damiana like Guaycura, Agavero, or the locally made La Paz favorite Calida Fornax
3 ounces 100% agave tequila blanco
Juice of 4 key limes fresh squeezed

Salt half the rim.
Shake and strain over ice.
Garnish with lime wheel.
More fun if served in a heavy thick mouth blown Mexican margarita glass by a big hairy handsome Mexican."

Jamie Boudreau, ICE Master Judge
"1 1/2 oz 100% agave tequila blanco
1/2 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz beyond-fresh, just-squeezed lime juice
Shake hard and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
No garnish: just marvel at the simplicity."

Ryan Magarian, ICE Master Judge
"1 1/2 oz. Herradura Silver Tequila (Mild) or El Tesoro Platinum Tequila (Wild!)
1 oz. Cointreau
1/2 oz. Freshly squeezed lime juice

In a pint shaker glass, add spirits, juices, and ice
Shake vigorously for 6 seconds and, finally, strain into chilled cocktail glass or into a double old fashioned glass over fresh ice.
(Salted rim upon imbiber's request, but not recommended)
Garnish with a fresh lime wedge"