Having a bad day? Why not surprise yourself with a glass of refreshing margarita that will instantly improve your mood and make the day go better. Even though it’s a popular cocktail, many people have no idea how to make one properly. After all, there are just so many factors to take into account when making this cocktail. It’s not as simple as putting together the right combination of tequila, lime juice and triple sec. There is much more to it than that. If you want to know how to make a margarita like the pros, read on for some insider tips.
Shaken or stirred?
There is no right or wrong here; it just depends on your personal preference. The only difference between the two is that shaken margaritas include ice cubes in the mix, while stirred ones do not. Shaking the drink creates a thicker consistency, which is why many people prefer this method. It’s important to note that this results in a cocktail that isn’t as delicious when allowed to sit for a while. A shaken margarita can only be consumed shortly after it’s made. On the other hand, stirred margaritas are best enjoyed after they’ve had some time to sit and chill out.
The right ingredients
First and foremost, you must use fresh lime juice. If you want to make a margarita like a pro, you’ll have to squeeze those limes by hand. You can’t use the bottled stuff — not even “the freshly-squeezed” stuff. Bottled lime juice has lots of other ingredients in it that aren’t good for your margarita. Not to mention, bottled margarita mix isn’t as tasty as one that’s freshly made. When it comes to Triple Sec, you have a few options. You can use Cointreau, Gran Gala, Grand Marnier, or a cheaper option like blended orange liquor. If you’re looking to save money, go for the blended one. The more expensive options will make your margarita taste better, but they’re not worth the money if you’re only making one drink. When it comes to making margaritas, tequila is, of course, an essential ingredient. Ideally, it should be a 100% agave tequila. The best brands include Patron, Patron Silver, Gran Patron Silver, Patron Reposado, Don Julio, Herradura, Casa Armando and Corazón. If you want to truly make a margarita like the pros do, use these types of tequilas. When you’re shopping for limes, keep in mind that the smaller the better. Ideally, margarita limes should only be about two inches wide. This makes the squeezing process much easier and less messy.
The perfect balance of ingredients
Once you’ve chosen your ingredients, it’s time to mix them together. The rule of thumb when it comes to margaritas is to use 1 part tequila, 1 part triple sec, and 3 parts lime juice. The exact ratios depend on how strong you want your margarita to be. If you want a lighter and more refreshing cocktail, then go for less tequila. If you want something that’s heavier, put in more. Make sure to have your shaker with some ice on hand so you can shake the drink. Once you’ve mixed the ingredients, taste the margarita to make sure the flavors are balanced. If you’d like to add more tequila, lime juice, or triple sec, you can always add more. A margarita is a very simple cocktail with only three ingredients: tequila, lime juice, and triple sec. However, this doesn’t mean that there is no room for creative expression. In fact, margaritas offer plenty of room for customization. You can choose the type of liquor you want to include, the proportion of ingredients and the type of glass you prefer to serve it in. A margarita is a very versatile drink that lets you be as creative as you’d like. For most people, the perfect margarita consists of equal parts tequila and lime juice, with a couple of ounces of triple sec. However, this can vary depending on your personal preferences. If you like your margaritas on the sweeter side, you can add a little more triple sec to achieve this. Likewise, if you like them to be a bit spicier, add a bit more tequila.
Use top-shelf tequila
Most people don’t think about the grade of tequila they use when making a margarita. The truth is, the grade of tequila you put in your cocktail matters a lot. The higher the grade of tequila, the better your margarita will be. If you’re making a margarita at home, it’s not worth it to spend a lot of money on a really expensive tequila. Instead, choose something in the middle.
Making a Margarita is not just about putting together the right ingredients. You also need to consider how you put them together. You can use the highest quality ingredients, but if you use them improperly, the cocktail won’t turn out as good as it could. Similarly, you can use lower-quality ingredients, but if you use them correctly, they can taste just as good as premium ingredients. For example, you can use a cheap tequila, but if you combine it with the right amount of lime juice and triple sec, and shake it properly, it can still taste just as good as a margarita made with high-quality tequila. When it comes to margaritas, it’s best to use top-shelf tequila. It may cost a bit more, but it’s well worth it. Top-shelf tequilas have a much richer, fuller taste and aroma than their lower-quality counterparts.
Don’t use the same tequila you’d use for a shot
Many people make the mistake of using the same tequila for a shot and for a margarita. Don’t do this! It’s not meant for mixing with other ingredients. The best tequilas for a margarita are mid-range ones. Ones that aren’t too expensive and not too cheap. If you put a really expensive tequila in a margarita, it will overpower the other flavors. If you really want to use a really expensive tequila, you can always add less of it to the cocktail.
And finally, top it with salt, sugar, or tajin on the rim
As you finish making the margarita, you might be wondering what to put on the rim. Well, there are several options, and you can choose any of them depending on your preference. So, some of the best options for the margarita rim are: - Salt - Traditionally, margaritas are rimmed with salt. You can either do it the old-fashioned way by simply dipping the glass in a bowl of salt or you can use a salt shaker to apply it more easily. - Sugar – Some people prefer sweet margaritas, and some prefer the ‘salt and lime’ version. It’s up to you! If you want to rim your glass with sugar, simply dip it in a bowl of granulated sugar or use a sugar shaker to apply it easily. - Tajin - This sweet, salty and spicy Mexican seasoning is what many bartenders recommend for the margarita rim. For best results, simply dip your margarita glass in water before using tajin as a rimming salt.
So, there you have it! These are some of the most important things to keep in mind when making a margarita. Follow these tips and you will be able to make a cocktail that tastes just like the ones bartenders make. You might even surprise yourself by making one that’s even better than the ones you’ve tried in restaurants! There’s no better way to improve your mood on a bad day than with a fresh margarita. We hope these tips will help you make better margaritas and make your day go better!