Cocktail: The Perfect Margarita

Jun 27, 2017 • Alex Matisse

Cocktail: The Perfect Margarita

Cocktail: The Perfect Margarita

Here are two margarita recipes we recommend adding to your springtime cocktail-making arsenal -- one that will impress any margarita connoisseur, and one bright, herbaceous riff for when you're just not into following any rules. 

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The Essentialist's Margarita

You'll need:

  • 2 oz tequila (we're big fans of using a lightly aged reposado)
  • 1.5 oz lime
  • .5 oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water)
  • .25 oz Cointreau (you'll want to use a quality orange liqueur, don't settle for a saccharine-sweet triple sec-- your morning self will thank you)
  • pinch of sea salt
  • .5 oz mezcal to float 

Shake the first five ingredients together in a cocktail shaker. Strain into an ice-filled glass, top with a splash of mezcal for a nice smoky aroma. 

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Rosita Margarita

You'll need:

  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1 oz grapefruit juice (fresh is best)
  • .75 oz lime
  • .5 oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water)
  • fistful of cilantro
  • good pinch of sea salt

Give all ingredients a vigorous shake with ice. The shaking alone will bring out all of the cilantro's flavor - no need to muddle. Strain through a fine mesh sieve over fresh ice, garnish with grapefruit, 

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