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- 2 ounces 100% agave silver/blanco tequila, divided plus ½ ounce for rimming
- 1 tablespoon (or more if necessary) kosher salt, for rimming
- 4 limes, divided
- ½ small Hamlin or Valencia orange
- 2 tablespoons light agave nectar (you can also use agave syrup)
- ¾ cup ice cubes, about 3-4 large cubes, plus more as desired
- Additional lime and orange wedges, for garnish (optional)
Pour ½ ounce of the tequila into a small saucer. Spread the kosher salt in a separate small saucer. Dip the rim of a martini or other wide rimmed glass into the tequila (you can also use a wedge of lime). Lift the glass out of the tequila and hold upside down for 10 seconds to allow for slight evaporation. Next, dip the glass into the salt to coat the rim. Set aside.
Halve the limes, cut two thin slices for garnish from 1 and set aside. Juice the halved limes and orange into the bottom of a Boston-style cocktail shaker. Add the agave nectar and mix. Strain the juice mixture through the cocktail strainer into another glass. Discard the seeds and return the juices to the shaker. Add the remaining 1 ½ ounces of tequila and any remaining tequila on the saucer. Add the ice to the shaker, cover, and shake for 30 seconds. Strain the mixture through a cocktail strainer into the prepared glass, garnish with reserved lime slice and optional citrus wedges, and serve immediately.
I made margaritas using 4 celebrity chefs' recipes, and the best was the quickest to make
Margaritas became popular around the 1930s when they were simply made with tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur. Now, there are so many different ways to make a delicious margarita — and many chefs have branded their own recipes.
As a fan of margaritas, I decided to give recipes by Paula Deen, Ina Garten, Geoffrey Zakarian, and Tyler Florence a whirl to see which celebrity-chef cocktail would win over my taste buds.
Read on to see how the margaritas turned out.
Mixos and Silver tequilas are too harsh for this drink and not recommended.
For this margarita recipe look for a mellower Tequila. Either a good Reposado or Añejo tequila will work.
We chose 1800 reposado tequila. 1800 tequila is a good, affordable tequila label.
Reposado tequilas are made with 100% blue agave. The distillers age it in french or American oak barrels six months. The aging process mellows the flavors.
Añjo sipping tequilas are aged a year. That gives blue agave tequila an even deeper richer smokier flavor. Añejos are pricey. Enjoy these alone rather than mixed.
The Cadillac Margarita is a Grand Marnier drink.
Some Cadillac margarita recipes call for cointreau or triple sec. They both have their places in Margarita recipes. But not here in my opinion.
Grand Marnier has a deep cognac flavor. For the Cadillac choose Grand Marnier.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo With the ‘Freshest Margarita’ Recipe
Cinco de Mayo is upon Us! Though the annual holiday might look a little different this year in light of the coronavirus pandemic, there’s no reason it shouldn’t be celebrated. In fact, some might argue that a refreshing cocktail is especially welcome in this new normal that includes quarantining at home and social distancing.
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That’s why, in honor of the holiday on Tuesday, May 5, which marks the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, Us Weekly reached out to tequila expert Jaime Salas for a tasty yet easy margarita you can whip up using ingredients you likely have at home already.
Salas, who is a brand ambassador for Milagro Tequila, shared his recipe for the “freshest” margarita around. The cocktail requires just four ingredients — Milagro Silver Tequila, agave nectar, fresh lime juice and a lime slice for garnish — and can be thrown together in under five minutes.
No agave nectar? No problem. If you don’t have the bar cart staple at home, you can substitute the sweet stuff for simple syrup, which is equal-parts granulated sugar and water. Just make sure to boil the water first so that the sugar is able to adequately dissolve. And if you’re feeling a little adventurous, you could even steep a couple of jalapeño or cucumber slices in your simple syrup to give the mixture (and your drink) an added spicy or fresh flavor boost.
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Additionally, the crisp, fresh, agave taste of Milagro Tequila, coupled with the spirit’s world-class smoothness, takes this classic libation to the next level. Sip on your margarita while snaking on some chips and guacamole, nachos, tacos or grilled shrimp or steak and you most certainly won’t be disappointed.
Scroll down for Salas’ classic margarita recipe.
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The Freshest Margarita
• 2 oz Milagro Silver Tequila
• 0.75 oz agave nectar
• 1 oz fresh lime juice
• Lime wheel, for garnish
- Pour all of the ingredients (except for the lime wheel) into a Boston shaker. Shake and strain over ice into a rocks glass.
- Garnish with a lime wheel.
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Avocado Pineapple Margarita
The combination of avocado and pineapple in a margarita may not be something you'd think to do, but once you give it a try, we're sure this will be a new staple. This cocktail brings together so many Mexican flavors, even beyond the avocado and pineapple. We're talking chili powder, lime, and, of course, tequila.
Get our recipe for Avocado Pineapple Margarita.
- 1 cup ice
- 1 lime wedge
- 3 ounces silver tequila
- 1 small mango (peeled, pitted and coarsely chopped 3 ounces)
- 1 ½ ounces fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon chile powder (such as Tajin, see Note)
- 2 ounces orange liqueur
- 1 ½ ounces agave nectar
- 3 ounces grapefruit soda
Spread the chile powder in a dish. Moisten the rim of a margarita glass with the lime wedge dip the rim in the chile powder to coat. In a blender, puree the mango. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into the glass and serve.
The recipe below makes 4 drinks, once your tequila is added and you pour 5.5 ounces for each. Cheers to a sunny day, a productive week, or surviving unforeseen challenges!
- 1/2 cup Lakanto Simple Syrup or Lakanto Classic Monkfruit Sweetener (also available in Organic)
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup lime juice (not from concentrate is best, we like the Santa Cruz Organic brand)
- limes to garnish
- 6 - 8 oz of your favorite tequila
Instructions for Monkfruit Margaritas
- If using Lakanto Classic Sweetener, you'll want to make a simple syrup using the sweetener and water. The sweetener takes about 5 minutes on medium heat (be careful not to boil!) to melt into the water. Let cool for a few minutes before mixing in other ingredients.
- Pour your simple syrup into your favorite pitcher.
- Add in your lime juice, tequila, and stir well.
- Pour over ice in chilled rock glasses.
- Garnish margarita with a lime wedge.
Okay, so it's not a margarita—but weɽ be remiss if we didn't shout out to our other favorite tequila cocktail.
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Combine all of the ingredients except the garnish in a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Shake vigorously for 5 seconds and strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a slice of lime,
1/4 cup agave necter
1/4 cup water
Place ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Immediately remove from heat and allow to cool.
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