When you think of margaritas, images of tequila, lime, and salt come to mind. But what about for example, an “all-in” marg? What type of margarita should you make to best showcase the versatility of this ultimate summer cocktail? Think fresh ingredients. Keep it simple. Make sure the pitcher is well filled. And above all else, have fun with it! The key to making the perfect margarita is in the details. So here’s a guide on how to make your very own stellar margaritas — a step-by-step process that will not only improve your bartender skills but also result in some killer guest raves!
What is a margarita?
A margarita is a Mexican cocktail made with Mexican Spirits, Kahlua® Latte, Grand Marnier®, and Topo Chico. It is also called a Savory Margarita, a Sour Margarita, a Cazuela de Margaritas or simply a Margarita. The origins of the margarita lie in the state of Jalisco in western Mexico. The term margarita is Spanish in origin and is a combination of the words maguey (a type of plant) and rita (a drink).
How to make the best margaritas
There are many recipes for margaritas, but the process remains the same regardless of which recipe you use. The two most popular ingredients in Mexico are tequila and lime. Other ingredients such as sugar, salt, cucumber, jalapenos, tomatoes, and serrano chiles can be added to create different types of margaritas. The ingredients for the best margaritas differ depending on the style of margarita you are making. For example, if you are making a savory margarita, you will need to add salt and pepper. If you are making a sweet margarita, you will need sugar and cream. So, below is a step-by-step guide on how to make the best margaritas.
The art of balance
The key to making a great margarita is in the balance. The amount of each type of ingredient ( tequila, lime, salt, and so on) must work together to create a balanced and flavorful drink. In addition, there must be an equal amount of fresh vs. frozen vegetables, fresh vs. canned vegetables, and fresh vs. diced fruit in the pitcher. The art of balance also helps in making the perfect margarita. For example, when making a lemon margarita, you want the lemon to be soft but also tart. When making a strawberry margarita, you want the strawberry to be juicy without being over the top sweet.
Make sure the pitcher is well filled
When it comes to margaritas, a well-filled glass pitcher is key. It is the equivalent of making sure the glass is not only half-empty but that it is also half-full. It must be able to fill up the glass without struggle. If the glass is half-empty and then half-full, the drink will not be topped off and the drinker will be left with an empty stomach and a sour taste in their mouth. A pitcher should be at least half-full to make the best margaritas. If you are making a smaller batch, a half-empty pitcher is ideal.
Decide what flavors you want in your margarita!
Now that the pitcher is filled, it is time to decide what flavors you want in your margarita. The most common flavors in margaritas are sweet, sour, and savory. Another factor to take into consideration is the type of liquor you want in your margarita. If you want a savory margarita, go for a medium-bodied liquor like tequila or rum. If you are making a sweet margarita, go for a light-colored liquor such as amarone or coffee. Some other tips you may want to keep in mind are to choose your spices and seasonings according to the type of drink you are making. For example, if you are making a savory margarita, go with paprika and sour cream while making a sweet margarita, you would go with sugar, milk, and sweetener.
Be sure to have fun with it!
margarita photo Letting go of the past and reliving the good old days by making a Margarita is an important part of any summer vacation. So, make the most of it and enjoy the best summer ever with your friends and family.
Extra: How to make Margarita on the rocks
- 25ml Cointreau
- 50 ml of tequila
- 1 teaspoon agave syrup
- 25ml freshly squeezed lime
Wet the rim of a rocks glass with a little lime and add salt. Shake the rest of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with crushed ice and serve. Enjoy the cocktail!