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DharMag January 2016 How to make a perfect Margarita cocktail: recipe, ingredients, doses and history of a legendary tequila drink

Margarita cocktail with Tequila, lime juice and triple sec. Salt rimmed cup When it comes down to cocktails, Margarita is the epitome of elegance. It is a legendary cocktail, the standard-bearer of the Mexican colors, because the main ingredient is Tequila, the famous brandy distilled from agave.

It falls into the Sour cocktail category, i.e. those drink made with a distillate, lemon or lime juice and a liquor like triple sec or Maraschino.

The recipe is simple and crystal clear, and embodies all the flavor of Mexico: Tequila, triple sec and lime juice, that’s all. It’s an evolution of the classic Tequila shot with salt and lemon, which keeps unchanged the charm of this beautiful cocktail with a heavy alcohol content.

The result is an aromatic blend that stands in perfect harmony. A symphony of citrus, where the powerful taste of Tequila is steeped in the juice of fresh lime and the sugary and persuasive echo of triple sec, a delicious liqueur flavored with the essential oil of bitter orange, which often replaces the sugar syrup.

History of the cocktail Margarita

It seems that the name comes from the actress Marjorie King, an American actress of the first years of the twentieth century, allergic to any alcohol except our friend Tequila. So one of the many nameless bartender that dot the history of the art of mixing drinks invented this drink for the diva.

It is a cocktail you can sip from till to down, perfect as an aperitif, but also delicious as after dinner to keep yourself hydrated and perky.

Ingredients for making the cocktail Margarita

  • 3,5 cl of Tequila
  • 2 cl of triple sec
  • 1,5 cl of fresh juice of lime or lemon

How to prepare the original Margarita cocktail

Put 3 ice cubes in a cup. Squeeze a lime or lemon juice and strain the juice. Put all the ingredients with ice in a Boston glass and shake for 15 seconds.

Remove the ice from the cup and with a slice of lime wet slightly half of the rim of the glass. Dip the rim of the cup in the salt and turn quickly, shake to remove any excess of salt and strain in the cup.

Pro tip

Remember that the sweetener for this recipe is the triple sec: if you want sweeter a cocktail, just add a few drops.

Margarita food pairings

Spicy Indian food, tandoori, paella, Kansas City Ribs, shrimps and avocado tacos, basil pesto pasta.

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