As we learned on our trip to Oxford last weekend, we have a mixologist in our midst: Mr. Brett Meeks. And if there’s a blog that screams more for this kind of expertise than ours, I have not yet found it. Here Brett offers his basic margarita recipe.
He had to make these at 4:45 on Monday afternoon instead of doing his homework just for Nummy, so thanks Brett! (Legally, though, I must publicly declare that if we are the cause of your law school demise, we hereby officially deny all liability. Or something equally lawyer-sounding.)
From Brett: Finally, we’ve got a real holiday. February 22nd marks National Margarita Day and another excuse to drink too much tequila on a Tuesday. To prepare for this wondrous festival of merriment and dancing on tables, we’re going to walk you through the basic margarita recipe. There are tons of variations, but to keep things simple, we’re going with classic.
The margarita is simply equal parts tequila, triple sec (or other orange liqueur), and lime juice. So that’s exactly what you’ll need: tequila, triple sec, and limes. It’s a good idea to invest in a hand citrus juicer if you’re making these for a party, because squeezing limes can be very tedious. Also, I think it goes without saying, but stay the hell away from margarita mix unless you like headaches and heartburn.
Tequila – pick a good one. That doesn’t mean expensive, but try to branch out from the usual Jose Cuervo Gold. This is a holiday damnit, not a 10th grade pool party. I’m using a reposado to get a nice balance of smoothness with a little age to fight off the infamous “bite” tequila causes.
Triple Sec – this is just an orange liqueur and you can use any you want, but try to go for quality. The absolute best is Cointreau, but it’s about $40 for a 750 ml bottle. Gran Marnier is also great to use, but you can always go for one of the cheaper brands if you must. I’ve selected Gran Gala which is more like Gran Marnier than Cointreau but about half the price.
Limes – typically you can get about 1 oz of juice per lime, so depending on how many and what size you’re going to make, you’re going to need a bunch of limes. Like I said, getting a hand citrus juicer is a really good idea.
1 measure tequila
1 measure orange liqueur
1 measure fresh lime juice
- Shake or stir with ice and strain into a glass of your choice.
- Drink, repeat, turn music up louder, love Tuesday, send unnecessary text messages, make another one, don’t be afraid to just go for it. Margarita Day comes once a year.
(Optional: If you like your margs a bit sweeter, add a half measure of simple syrup to the recipe. Simple syrup is simply equal parts sugar and water—good thing to keep around for your home bar.)