Real Cocktails: The Perfect Margarita

Real Cocktails: The Perfect Margarita | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS

There is nothing quite like drinking a margarita with fresh lime.  Perhaps it’s because I grew up in California, and now I live in Arizona, or perhaps it’s because I have always loved Mexican food, but a margarita might be my favorite drink of all time.

Well, at least today it is.  Or at least, in the summertime that’s usually the case!

A margarita is a simple and delicious as it gets.  All you need on hand are limes, tequila, and homemade orange liqueur.  The orange liqueur takes a little thinking ahead, but I promise you that it is so worth it.  Orange peels steeping in rich Cognac, then sweetened with honey or coconut sugaryum!

How to Properly Rim a Glass with Salt:

There is a true travesty when it comes to rimmed drinks at bars, and it looks something like this:


Blech!  Don’t EVER buy one of these!  Or trust a bartender who uses one!

You end up with salt on the inside of your glass and it sloshes into your drink.  Not to mention that the lime juice has been sitting in that thing for who knows how long!

The real way to rim a glass with salt (or sugar) is to use a simple wedge of lime to wet the outside of the glass only.  You run the wedge all around the entire lip of the glass so that the salt will stick easily to it.  Then you pour about a teaspoon of good salt onto a plate, piled up.

Then gently press the wet edge of the margarita glass into the pile of salt, lifting and turning the glass slightly, until the entire rim is salted.  Then set the glass aside and shake up your margarita!


Equipment Needed:

small plate
good knife
citrus juicer
shot measuring glass
cocktail shaker
margarita glass

The Perfect Margarita

1 1/2 ounces añejo (aged) tequila
1 ounce dark orange liqueur (get the recipe here)
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice, plus a lime wedge for salting the rim of the glass
good salt

  1. Salt the rim of a margarita or cocktail glass with a lime.  Chill.
  2. Shake all the ingredients together and strain into a chilled cocktail glass with a salted rim.
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  1. Kendahl – Is the finished product really only supposed to be 3 1/4 oz.? More liquor than “mixer”? I mean, I like a strong margarita as much as the next margarita-obsessed gal… 😉

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