Margarita Magic Formula

Posted on Thursday, March 29th, 2012

For a long time, I thought making cocktails was complicated.  Then I figured out it was just like cooking.  You can follow the recipe, or you can start making your own varaitions or substitutions.  I have a lot of respect for recipes, and still feel it is a good idea to stick close to the original plan the first time you make something.  Of course you can adjust for your own taste preferences, and what ingredients you have on hand.  As much as I like being creative, I get excited when I learn about proportions or ratios for the components.  For me, having a formula that is going to balance the flavors opens up lots of possibilities.

I enjoy Gaz Regan’s weekly newsletter, The Bartender’s Bulletin.  Recently he shared this really useful info:

“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.”

Here’s my cocktail recipe using the Margarita Magic Formula.

Mama Beth’s Margarita

  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila (I love a reposado)
  • 1 ounce Cointreau (Triple Sec works just fine – this is no time to be a liquor snob)
  • 1/2 ounce freshly-squeezed lemon juice  (lime is swell too)
  • slices of lemon or lime
  • nice sized sprig of rosemary or thyme

Muddle the fresh herb with the tequila, Cointreau and lemon juice in a mixing glass.  Pour into a glass filled with some ice.  Add the rosemary or thyme too, and the lemon or lime slices. Submerge the herb and the citrus for more flavor and eye appeal.


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