Whoever put International Margarita Day on February 22 obviously didn’t live in Sweden. If you are in Tijuana, congratulations on being in the right place at the right time. But for the rest of us, maybe a margarita is just what we need – a little party in the dark, while we wait for spring?
Maybe it’s also 75 years since Margarita was born. As usual with drinks – and alcohol in general – no one really remembers how it happened. But according to a popular story, it was in 1948 that Margaret “Margarita” Sames decided to create a brand new drink. With tequila in one hand and Cointreau in the other, Margaret found the perfect balance with lime, and her cocktail was an instant success. The drink is said to have been named ‘Margarita’. That both the recipe and the drink were drunk long before that in Mexico is a story for another day.
Five tips for a perfect Margarita at home
- Shake your Margarita with plenty of ice. This will water down the drink, let in the right amount of air and cool it down – resulting in a perfect taste.
- If you don’t have a shaker at home, use a jam jar, thermos or something else suitable to shake the drink. The drink needs to be shaken and you won’t get the same good results by stirring the drink.
- Use flake salt rather than table salt when salting a coupe glass before straining the drink. The flake salt will help enhance the natural sweetness of the drink and balance the acidic flavors.
- For best results, be sure to use high quality ingredients when shaking your cocktail. Use fresh lime instead of lime juice and a really good tequila, preferably with 100% agave.
- If you are mixing more margaritas, it is beneficial to both your time and the quality of the drink if you instead mix a pitcher of margaritas, use plenty of ice and then stir to water it down slightly.
Recipe for Margarita
- 2 cl Cointreau
- 4 cl tequila
- 2 cl limejuice
- 1⁄2 cl syrup (increase amount to taste)
- Flake salt
Do the following
- Measure the Cointreau, tequila and lime juice into a shaker with ice. Shake well.
- Moisten the rim of the glass with lime and dip in salt.
- Strain into the glass and enjoy!
How to mix a jug of margarita
- 3 delar tequila
- 2 delar Cointreau
- 1 of the limejuice
- 1/4 part syrup (increase the amount to taste)
- Flake salt
- Measure the Cointreau, tequila and lime juice into a pitcher with plenty of ice.
- Top the pitcher with lime slices. Then top with more ice before serving.
- Strain into salt-rimmed glasses and serve!