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Colleen Graham

The Simplicity of the Margarita

By February 21, 2013

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Friday is National Margarita Day and today I want to take a close look at how easy the original cocktail really is. Of course, we could complicate matters and add all sorts of flavors and techniques, but you can browse through the recipes in Margarita Madness for those. Today, we will get back to basics and enjoy the simplicity of the Margarita.

Classic Margarita Cocktail
Margarita

I'm not sure where the thought came from, but many people have this notion that the Margarita is a difficult cocktail and that it is easier to buy one of those sugar-laden mixes to which you may or may not have to add tequila. Consider this myth debunked right now and if that thought is still running around in your head, wipe it out.

The Margarita is, quite simply: tequila, triple sec, lime juice. All you need to do is shake and strain. There is no more mystery, no secret ingredient, nothing else that you really have to worry about.

Now, that is not to say that the balance of this drink is not important, because it is what will make or break your mix. The ratio you use is going to depend on personal taste, and a 2:1:1 is a good place to start because you can add or subtract sweet or sour as you like. I have always preferred to go with the 1 1/2 oz tequila, 1/2 oz triple sec, and 1 oz lime recipe. Experiment with this and find what you like best. It is one of those basic recipes that you will rely on for years and once you have one you like, it will become second nature to mix one up at any moment. The same theory applies to the classic Daiquiri.

Now that I have (hopefully) convinced you to make an authentic Margarita, here is the recipe...

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