How to Make the Perfect Margarita
The key ingredients for making margaritas are Tequila, Orange liqueur, freshly squeezed lemon/lime juice and simple syrup.
Here are some tips for selecting the right ingredients:
The are 5 types of Tequila:
- Tequila Silver – Most commonly used in margaritas – Tequila in it’s purest form – unaged
- Tequila Gold – where colours and flavourings have been added prior to bottling or it may be a Silver Tequila blended with Reposado and/or Añejo Tequila. It is also often used as a mixing tequila
- Tequila Reposado – Rested and Aged Tequila – usually aged for 2-11 months
- Tequila Añejo – Aged for at least a year – smoother, richer and more complex
- Tequila Extra Añejo – Aged for more than 3 years – extremely smooth and complex
Info source: Tequila.Net
There are numerous orange liqueurs on the market, but typically Margaritas are blended with either:
- Triple Sec – a strong, sweet and colourless orange flavoured liqueur
- Cointreau – a triple Sec and it is perfectly balance of sweet and orange bitterness
- Grand Marnier – is a blend of cognac and triple sec
The orange liqueur will add sweetness to your Margarita – if you like your cocktail on the sweeter side, simply decrease the amount of tequila and increase the amount of orange Liqueur used!
Lemon or Lime?
Simply choose your favourite citrus! Always use freshly squeezed!
This can be added or omitted to your Margarita depending on how sweet you like your cocktails! It is simply created with equal parts water and sugar dissolved in a saucepan.
My Perfect Margarita:
- 45mls Reposado or Anejo Tequila
- 15mls Cointreau
- 45mls freshly squeezed Lime Juice
- NO simple Syrup