So this may not be quite as easy as throwing together some margarita mix and tequila and hoping for the best, but it tastes so much better, and is sure to impress friends, or your significant other. I love a good margarita. I do not, however, love sour mix, or the sickly-sweek, neon green concoctions most people would try to sell you as margarita. I consider these crimes against margaritas, to be avoided at all cost. This margarita is better, and there are only three ingredients (which I love) and all of them are things I usually have on hand. I should preface this by saying that these are not very sweet, but you can easily adjust them to your taste. Their tartness is perfect for summer, and goes perfectly with something salty like tortilla chips and fresh salsa. For tequila I really like El Espolòn. I generally use reposada tequila because its a bit more mellow, as it’s been aged between two months and a year in oak barrels, which also adds some more complex flavors.
The other two ingredients are even more simple– lime juice, and a good agave nectar. While I generally espouse the use of fresh squeezed juice whenever possible, this is one time where the bottled stuff is just as good, though don’t use just any lime juice, I’m a big fan of Nellie and Joe’s Key West Lime Juice because it tastes almost like fresh. And for agave you can definitely use whatever you have on hand, but I will say that an amber agave works really well with the caramel flavors in the reposada tequila. And sure, you could use sugar or honey instead, but keeping the agave family together makes things especially delicious.
Now for the recipe:
•3/4 oz lime juice
• a few dashes of agave nectar (to taste)
• 2oz reposada tequila • wedge of lime (for garnish)
1. place all ingredients except the garnish into a cocktail shaker with ice
3. strain into a glass, garnish with a lime wedge, and serve! makes one cocktail
* You may be thinking “But where’s the cointreau?!” Relax, You really don’t need it, but if you find yourself missing it, go ahead and add dash if you’d like.