Everyone has had a terrible margarita made with that disgusting, pre-made sweet and sour mix, right? Sorry if you like that stuff, but there’s absolutely no reason to suffer through a margarita like that. You wont believe just how easy it is to make a proper margarita. It only has three ingredients in it! Any idea how many ingredients are in sweet and sour mix?!?! Too many to name, one of which I’m sure is corn syrup. Eww!
I like my margaritas on the rocks with a salted rim, because it allows you to taste the tequila. If you’re not into the taste of tequila, this might not be the right margarita for you. I also prefer reposado tequila in a margarita, over the classic silver, but go with the taste that you like. I suggest, however, steering away from using anejo tequila – it’s just too nice and expensive to dilute with lime juice (but hey, if you can roll like that, go for it).
And now for the most special part of the margarita…the salt. The salt you say? Yes, the salt. I’m giving away my secret ingredient here, so listen up. I rim my glass with Tajin, a Mexican fruit seasoning that is a combination of salt, chili and dehydrated lime juice. I mix the Tajin with some smoked sea salt and presto! You have your own fancy salt. I think this really takes the margarita up a notch and it looks pretty, too. You can thank me later.
- 2 ounces of reposado tequila (you can also use silver, but whatever you buy, make sure it’s 100% agave)
- 3/4 ounce of agave nectar
- 1 ounce of fresh squeezed lime juice
- lime wedge for garnish
- Tajin fruit seasoning
- smoked sea salt grinder (I know Trader Joe’s carries this – I hope you have one near you!)
- old fashioned glass
Place equal parts Tajin and smoked sea salt in a small, flat dish and stir together. Go around the rim of the glass with the lime wedge and place the glass upside down in the salt dish and press until you get a nice thick salt rim. Don’t worry about overdoing it, because you can simply shake some off if necessary. Add ice to the glass, being careful not to disturb the salt (if some falls into the glass, don’t worry, it’ll only make it taste better).
Place the lime juice, agave nectar and tequila into a martini shaker with an ample amount of ice and give it a vigorous shake, enough to give a nice froth.
I know I sound like a broken record here, but taste your margarita before pouring it into the glass. Is it sweet enough? Sour enough? Limes vary in sweetness, so if the margarita is not to your liking, add more agave or lime juice accordingly. If the tequila taste is too potent for you, add more of both agave and lime juice.
When perfect, pour margarita into into the glass, garnish with the lime wedge, sit back, enjoy, and give yourself a pat on the back for your amazing cocktail prowess. You deserve it.