Home Bar Basics with Dave Stolte
No singular cocktail has more people claiming its invention than the Margarita. Seems they all want to grab some family blood from America’s most popular cocktail. And, if you ask me, America’s most abused cocktail.
You might have to hit five or six bars and restaurants to find one that isn’t made with that god-awful sour mix, even in recipes calling themselves “Cadillac.” How hard can it be to squeeze some fresh citrus, people? Sheesh.
Going with half-lemon and half-lime juice instead of the typical all-lime makes for a much tastier drink. Sometimes these minor tweaks make a big difference.
Done like a Sidecar, this beauty needs no Slurpee, no rocks, no salt. Some prefer this one on the rocks instead of served up; Either way works. Sabor primero.
1 1/2 oz tequila
3/4 oz triple sec
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz lime juice
Chill a cocktail glass in the freezer at least ten minutes.
If you choose to salt the rim, sprinkle some kosher salt on a plate and moisten either the full rim or just half with your lime wheel garnish and lightly press the glass rim into the salt. Try to avoid getting salt on the interior glass surface.
Shake well to blend and chill.
Then strain into the chilled glass. (As an option, serve over ice cubes in an Old Fashioned glass.)
Garnish with a lime wheel.