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Weekend Cocktail: The Classic Margarita


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Weekend Cocktail: The Classic Margarita

June 14, 2014 By Neal Dewing

The margarita is sometimes unfairly maligned as a “lady-drink,” by simpletons. Often served in fishbowls at Mexican-themed restaurants, it has a reputation as a technicolor shortcut to getting well and truly plastered – the very thing to help you choke down a plate of execrable tamales. It’s a dreadful common cocktail; the commonest tequila drink of them all.


It needn’t be so! There’s no reason to limit your enjoyment of margaritas to those occasional forays out to the local Mexicanish eatery, with their signature tub of Cuervo, sugar, and food coloring. Nor should you pay $15 for one as you, along with thousands of middle-aged women wearing foam parrot-hats, listen to a lazy musician strum his six-string and sing about sharks, cheeseburgers, and volcanoes. You have better options.


The classic margarita is much better than its reputation would suggest snip

  • 1 1/2 oz tequila (100% de agave, hecho en Mexico, siempre)
  • 1 1/2 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • dash agave nectar or simple syrup (optional)
  • lime wedge for garnish
    • salt to rim glass (optional) Scissors-32x32.png


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