Margarita was the first tequila based cocktail I made. I really liked it. The earthy notes from the tequila, the sweetness from the orange liqueur and the citrus acidity from the lime works really well together to make a balanced and sophisticated cocktail.
For the tequila I used El Tesoro Bianco which is considered to be one of the best tequilas. My previous experiences with tequila was mostly with shots and the occasional glass of añejo. El Tesoro was indeed fantastic, although I think I still prefer sipping single malt to tequila bianco.
Either way, try to use an 100 % agave bottling to give your Margarita that extra smoothness.
When it comes to the salted rim, personally I don’t like it since I think the salt is too aggressive in taste and distracts from the cocktail. I will make my next Margarita without it.
This recipe is enough for one martini glass.
Ingredients for the Margarita:
45 ml tequila
30 ml orange liqueur (I used Cointreau)
15 ml freshly squeezed lime juice
Lime wheel for garnish
How to prepare the Margarita:
Put the Martini glass in the freezer for a bit to make it cold. Salt the rim of the glass if desired.
Shake ingredients with ice, fine strain into the chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the lime wheel.