The Anatomy of the Perfect Margarita

Whether you prefer a cocktail at the end of a long work day or you save them up for those backyard barbecues with friends, everybody knows the margarita is one of the most refreshing cocktails out there. Still, a lot of people don’t really know how to make a killer margarita on their own.
While it might take a little practice to make the margarita you think is the best in the world, the basics are actually pretty simple. Keep reading to learn how you can make this go-to cocktail for yourself, your friends and your family

Know Your Recipe

Making the perfect cocktail all starts with having the right basic recipe. Without that, you’re going to be taste-testing 100 drinks before you get one you like. The basic recipe is as follows:

  • 1 1/2-ounces tequila
  • 1 1/2 ounces triple sec or Cointreau
  • 1 to 1 1/2-ounces fresh lime juice
  • Salt, for the rim of your cocktail glass
  • Ice, enough to fill your glass 3/4 full

Pretty easy, right? You’re not quite done yet, but with that recipe, you’re well on your way toward making a very good drink.

Picking Your Tequila

Tequilas are not all the same, and if you’re used to going to the grocery store and picking up a bottle of Jose Cuervo, you’re in for a rude awakening. Most of the big brands aren’t very good and they’re ruining your margaritas.
When you buy tequila, look for one that’s 100% agave. Anything else contains fillers and other additives that you don’t really want. The taste won’t be as pure and these just aren’t the best for margaritas.
You might also want to look for tequila labeled “reposado.” That means it was aged in oak barrels for two to 12 months. If you ask a dozen cocktail experts, this is type of tequila at least 10 of them will recommend.

Triple Sec or Cointreau

Both triple sec and Cointreau are types of orange liqueur. Triple sec is made from orange peels and is usually about 20% alcohol, though it can range from 15% to 30% depending on the brand.
Cointreau is a proprietary brand of orange liqueur made with both bitter and sweet orange peels. At 40% ABV, it tends to be a bit stronger.
So what’s the big difference? Triple sec is cheaper and tends to get out of the way a bit more, as it has less flavor in general. Cointreau has a bigger, bolder taste, with more oranges and more alcohol.
Your best bet is to try them both and see which one you prefer.

Not All Limes are Created Equal

Lime juice is a key ingredient in margaritas, but that doesn’t stop people from buying cheap bottled stuff. Get some limes and a citrus juicer and you won’t believe how much better your margaritas are.
You also need to take the time to taste your limes before making margaritas. If your limes are bitter, use the minimum 1-ounce. If they’re sweet, go for the full 1 1/2-ounces per cocktail.
Add agave syrup to taste to sweeten extremely bitter limes if you must.

Shake, Shake, Shake

Good margaritas shouldn’t be tortured in the blender. Instead, shake them with ice and pour into a glass with a salt rim.
Too much cold dulls flavors. That’s not what you want when you’ve crafted the ultimate margarita.
The Feisty Bull
Not in the mood to go to all the trouble of crafting the perfect margarita yourself? Luckily you don’t have to! Head to the The Feisty Bull with family and friends and order one of the best margaritas in town. We serve 241 margaritas seven days a week and recommend that you try one of our signature margaritas like the Caddy Bull!

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