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The Perfect Margarita?

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Sam B Mar 3, 2006 11:02 AM

Around my house, Friday night is marked by a quick run to the Taco Wagon, and shaking up a couple of perfect Margaritas.

After many years of experimenting, several years ago we arrived at the very simple formula of...

1/3 Fresh Squeezed Lime juice
1/3 Triple Sec (Bols)
1/3 Tequila (Sauza Hornitos)

It's a ratio recipe so you can make any amount you wish

Pack a Pint Glass with crushed ice, and fill with the above mixture. They are also great strained up in a chilled Martini glass if you prefer. Salt or not is up to the individual.

I feel strongly about not using gold tequila, or brandy based orange liquers, which always seem to give a carmelized character. Also, we have found that there is great variation in the quality of Triple Sec.

What's your recipe?

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    JugglerDave RE: Sam B Mar 3, 2006 11:09 AM

    Very hard to go wrong with fresh-squeezed lime.

    Our ratio is 5:3:1 (Lime, Tequila, Triple Sec), we always have it strained/up.

    A high quality 100% Agave Silver (Blanca) gives a nice fresh brightness to it. But I appreciate the character that using a Reposado (such as Don Julio) gives.

    -=$>Dave<$=-

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      withalonge RE: Sam B Mar 3, 2006 11:11 AM

      the CI recipe is great, but a little extra effort.

      I was looking for the poster who first turned me on to it and recipe, but couldn't find it I'll paraphrase from memory:

      1/2 cup lemon juice w/ zest
      1/2 cup lime juice w/ zest
      1/2 cup sugar (i use 1/4 cup as I usually have meyer lemons on hand)
      pinch of salt
      let marinate 4-24 hours. (24 is best... always fresh squeezed.

      strain, mix w/ 1 cup tequila, 1 cup triple sec.

      serve w/ crushed ice. makes very delicious, and very strong margaritas.

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        mark RE: withalonge Mar 3, 2006 12:40 PM

        this is my favorite margarita as well. i generaly use sauza reposada for it. fwiw, the original recipe calls for super fine sugar.

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        nooodles RE: Sam B Mar 3, 2006 11:12 AM

        I only use white tequila in margaritas. Reposados and anejos taste completely off.

        For three (which we share between the two of us), I juice 4 small or 6 large limes, add a shot of simple syrup, blend with a third blender jar of ice, and add tequila afterwards and blend again. I find the blender does a better job of evenly slushifying the ice cubes if I don't start out with too much liquid.

        It's hard to say favorites because price has so much sway over my decisions when it comes to making mixed drinks, but: Lapiz, Herradura, Corralejo, and Pura Sangre white tequilas have all been great in margaritas. The Pura Sangre was the best bargain. On sale for $15 at Bevmo, then found some more at a local discount liquor store for $17. I think it retails between $30-45, and tastes like it.

        I don't always add triple sec. Which is your favorite?

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          Sam B RE: nooodles Mar 3, 2006 11:28 AM

          Honestly I don't think there are any really good triple Secs in existence, but have found that the really cheap versions taste extremely artificial. Bols is the one we use the most, and it works just fine.

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            Christine RE: nooodles Mar 3, 2006 12:17 PM

            I'm in the Herradura Silver fan club, as well.

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              JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester) RE: nooodles Mar 3, 2006 12:51 PM

              I had an amazing margarita at Cafe Poca Cosa in Tucson that used Licor 43 (said in spanish- cuarenta y tres), an orange vanilla liqueur. The bartender paired it with Lapiz tequila, and a mix of fresh squeezed orange and lime juices. Wow. I have yet to have a better margarita.

              Where on earth have you found Lapiz tequila? I thought that stuff went out of production years ago, and have been trying to track it down ever since.

              Link: http://thecosmicjester.blogspot.com

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                nooodles RE: JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester) Mar 3, 2006 09:27 PM

                I'm pretty sure we got it at the Bevmo on Geary in San Francisco. But I'll ask my boyfriend, who is the real tequila hound. It is hard to find; wherever he got it it was the last bottle.

                Try pura sangre. I didn't do a side by side with the Lapiz but I found the Pura Sangre much more fragrant than the Corralejo, which would hopefully put it in the same league as Lapiz. Lapiz is fantastic, but it's so expensive I'm loathe to mix it with anything at all.

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                  MommaN RE: JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester) Feb 14, 2014 05:51 PM

                  Using your hints, we created the perfect margarita...The Hake in La Jolla now calls this the "Marilyn Margarita":

                  1/3 Fresh Squeezed Lime and Orange juices (mostly lime)
                  1/3 Licor 43
                  1/3 Corralejo Clear Tequila

                  THE BEST MARGARITA! (Haven't tried Pura Sangre yet, but I'm on the hunt...)

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                Junie D RE: Sam B Mar 3, 2006 12:48 PM

                Two parts tequila
                One part Grand Marnier
                One part fresh lime juice

                On the rocks, no salt

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                  judybird RE: Junie D Mar 4, 2006 09:56 PM

                  That's the proportions we use. No sugar, no simple syrup, no OJ, etc., etc. We use Triple Sec. If the limes are especially tart, I may add a little more Triple Sec. Most margaritas are waaaay too sweet - this proportion is perfect.

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                  Monty RE: Sam B Mar 3, 2006 03:44 PM

                  My wife makes what she calls the "Killer Maggie." Fresh squeezed lime juice (we're lucky to have a lime tree in the backyard), teauila (she likes gold), Cointreau, Grand Marnier and a splash of OJ. All is stirred in a very large glass with crushed ice. As far as ratios, normally twice the tequila as the other two liquers however sometime it takes at least one or two to get the conbination exactly right. They are wonderful.

                  And, if you're only going to used that bottled lime juice, just don't bother.

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                    Will Owen RE: Sam B Mar 3, 2006 04:06 PM

                    My brother-in-law found a recipe somewhere that called for the usual tequila-lime juice-triple sec combo, plus a dash of orgeat, or almond syrup. This seems to round off the edges a bit and add a slight perfumed quality that's kinda nice.

                    I think the most enjoyable margaritaville experience I ever had was at a bar in a shopping mall outside of Lihue, on Kauai, sitting around with my wife's family. The margs were of the smoooooth kind, and we went through I think eight or ten pitchers of'em in the course of an afternoon...

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                      Babette RE: Sam B Mar 3, 2006 06:09 PM

                      These all sound good & are making me thirsty. For something different, not a margie but great, try fresh squeezed blood orange juice with the tequila you love best. Really great combination of flavors.

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                        adam RE: Sam B Mar 4, 2006 01:31 AM

                        What a great discussion!
                        Yes!! to Hornitos. My favourite tequila for the dollar.
                        No!! to "silver" and "gold" (silver plus caramel) tequila.
                        Here is where I'm gonna stick my neck out. Triple Sec is better than Gran Marnier as the brandy is overpowering. But... fresh squeezed lime juice makes the orange flavour redundant and is only lessened by it's presence. So what you really need need is a high quality sugar syrup that complements lime juice. There is only one: Maple Syrup. The real stuff from Vermont or Quebec.
                        Try it 1st , then dis me if you must.
                        2 oz Hornitos Reposado Tequila
                        1/2 oz Maple syrup
                        1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
                        Shake with ice
                        Pour over ice into a glass rimmed with lime juice & course, flaked sea salt
                        Drink several. Say "mmmm"!
                        Use the best qualiity ingredients at every stage. Use a blender and be dammed for all eternity.

                        Link: http://www.bigsmoke.ca

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                          Nathan P. RE: adam Mar 4, 2006 12:18 PM

                          That may be good but w/o out the orange liquor its a tequila sour of some kind, not a margarita. I totaly agree on the Gran Marnier. I complain about the price but always suck it up and buy Cointreau. Makes a big difference in my margaritas, sidecars, corpse revivers (#2), and so many other drinks. On the tequila sour front, the hot thing in Ca for a while has been to use agave nectar + tequilla +lime. My local hippie/organic/bulk store carries 2 kinds so you should look around to see if you can find some of this.

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                            withalonge RE: Nathan P. Mar 4, 2006 04:54 PM

                            o.k. I have to ask, what is a corpse reviver?

                            recipe please?

                            :)
                            megan

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                              Adam RE: withalonge Mar 4, 2006 06:34 PM

                              crush 3 ice cubes
                              2 oz brandy
                              1 oz calvados
                              1 oz sweet vermouth
                              apple slice garnish

                              I have no idea what it has to do with Tequila or Margaritas

                              Link: http://www.drinkoftheweek.com/archive...

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                                Nathan P. RE: Adam Mar 6, 2006 11:39 AM

                                That looks tasty- probably make a good dessert. I was referencing a different corpse reviver #2 as another good use of Cointreau to justify getting a bottle for better margaritas.

                                CR #2
                                3/4oz gin
                                3/4oz cointreau
                                3/4oz lillet blanc
                                3/4oz lemon juice
                                a few drops of absinthe sub

                                Link: http://cocktaildb.com/recipe_search

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                          adam RE: Sam B Mar 4, 2006 01:32 AM

                          What a great discussion!
                          Yes!! to Hornitos. My favourite tequila for the dollar.
                          Fie on "silver" and "gold" (silver plus caramel) tequila.
                          Here is where I'm gonna stick my neck out. Triple Sec is better than Gran Marnier as the brandy is overpowering. But... fresh squeezed lime juice makes the orange flavour redundant and is only lessened by it's presence. So what you really need need is a high quality sugar syrup that complements lime juice. There is only one: Maple Syrup. The real stuff from Vermont or Quebec.
                          Try it 1st , then dis me if you must.
                          2 oz Hornitos Reposado Tequila
                          1/2 oz Maple syrup
                          1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
                          Shake with ice
                          Pour over ice into a glass rimmed with lime juice & course, flaked sea salt
                          Drink several. Say "mmmm"!
                          Use the best qualiity ingredients at every stage. Use a blender and be dammed for all eternity.

                          Link: http://www.bigsmoke.ca

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                            Meg RE: Sam B Mar 4, 2006 09:50 AM

                            Your recipe sounds great. I do find that most triple sec is crap, so my recipe is more 2:1:1 Tequila:Triple Sec:Lime, more or less to taste, of course.

                            This is definitely one of those things that is so much better homemade! In bars, you are invariably given sour mix--I think a properly made rocks margarita needs no sweetening.

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                              cf RE: Sam B Mar 4, 2006 07:26 PM

                              I usually go a little lighter on the orange liqueur in my margarita recipe ratio:

                              1 part tequila (El Tesoro Platinum for blanco; Herradura Reposado for rested)
                              1 part lemon/lime juice (fresh squeezed; one lemon for every two limes)
                              1/2 part Patron Citronge (an 80 proof liqueur made from sweet and bitterweet orange juices mixed with cane sugar)

                              Shake vigorously with cracked ice and strain over ice cubes in a glass with a lightly salted rim. The shaking infuses the liquid with tiny shards of the cracked ice for a nice twist to the typical "on the rocks" margarita.

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                                Pssst RE: Sam B Mar 6, 2006 03:10 PM

                                I enjoyed reading everyone's recipes. I tend to drink margaritas when I'm out but at home I drink Palomas which are tasty and easier on my tummy since there's less citrus.

                                Nooodles below mentioned Pura Sangre. Pura Sangre is produced by Tequileno in Guadalajara and is a good 100% agave tequila. They have decided to enter the lucrative upscale tequila market in the United States.

                                What does that mean? -- Bevmo and other stores around the country are their selling existing Pura Sangre stock at BELOW WHOLESALE prices - the Anjeo regularly $60 is selling for $20 and the Blanco & Repo regularly $45 is selling for $15.

                                Tequileno is relaunching Pura Sangre, replacing paper labeled plain bottles with a fancy blown glass bottle. And presumably raising prices. The only difference is the bottle and marketing budget.

                                My advice: Get the old bottle Pura Sangre while you can. Its a great deal.

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                                  stymie RE: Sam B Feb 15, 2014 09:50 AM

                                  recently in Mx several places used a varying amount of Squirt. I enjoy a jittle fiz and these were perfect. I'm also shopping for the simple device that squeezes the juice out of a lime.

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                                    EvergreenDan RE: stymie Feb 15, 2014 05:42 PM

                                    This thing is excellent. I have only the lemon size, which also does limes, orange quarters, and grapefruit eighths. I sometimes squeeze two halves at once. The gear gives you some mechanical advantage, and it hasn't corroded from the citric acids like the aluminum ones do.

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                                      jaba RE: EvergreenDan Feb 16, 2014 01:59 PM

                                      Is there a link missing? Curious what your preferred citrus squeezer is.

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                                        MommaN RE: jaba Feb 17, 2014 09:22 AM

                                        http://www.dvorsons.com/rachand/juice...

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                                        EvergreenDan RE: EvergreenDan Feb 17, 2014 09:00 PM

                                        My apologies. Here's the link:

                                        http://www.thebostonshaker.com/shop/f...

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                                        hawkeyeui93 RE: stymie Feb 17, 2014 05:07 AM

                                        Sounds like a Paloma ...

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                                        ConsApi RE: Sam B Mar 2, 2014 06:35 PM

                                        I just made one this evening, to fool myself into thinking summer is around the corner instead of a major snowstorm that is heading our way. Here's my recipe:

                                        1/2 oz lime juice (no fresh limes in season, used bottled juice)
                                        1 oz Drillaud Orange Liqueur
                                        1 1/2 oz San Matias Legado Reposado Tequila
                                        1 squirt of agave nectar (sorry, I have a sweet tooth)

                                        Shaken with a couple handfuls of ice, poured out into my special 12 oz tumbler, salted on the rim. It was good, but it didn't bring on summer. I followed up with some hot buttered rum, which seemed more appropriate for the weather,

                                        1. YAYME RE: Sam B Mar 10, 2014 07:48 AM

                                          lots for fresh Lime juice
                                          Avion silver tequila
                                          cointreau
                                          And I always add a dash of simple syrup
                                          I serve it over ice.

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