Three Authentic, Fresh Margarita Recipes

How to make a Classic Margarita, a Mango Raspberry Margarita and a Frozen Strawberry Margarita with fresh ingredients.

Having worked as a bartender in a Tequila Bar, I pride myself on my ability to knock out a great margarita! They are actually very simple. The secret? Fresh is best! Always! I can now tell immediately when a sweet and sour mix has been used or even bottled lime juice, there is a distinct chemical undertone that no amount of salt on the rim can hide.

Here are three of my favorite Margarita recipes that are fresh, quick and delicious.


Classic Margarita



What you will need:

2oz Silver Tequila

1oz Triple Sec

0.25oz Agave Nectar

0.75oz Fresh Lime Juice


Silver Tequila- We are big Milagro fans in our house for margaritas. Sean drinks tequila on the rocks 90% of the time and while more expensive tequilas are more suitable for sipping on, this mid tier tequila is great for smooth margaritas. It retails for approx $19-$22 a bottle which is a great price for the quality. The other bartenders at the tequila bar I worked at would roll their eyes when anyone ordered a margarita with an Anejo or Reposado as you really can't tell the difference when mixed with the additional ingredients.

Triple Sec- Honestly, I don't think the quality of the Triple Sec changes the drink very much. Perhaps that is a controversial opinion but a cheap and cheerful Triple Sec is just as good as an expensive orange liqueur like Grand Marnier or Cointreau (although I did use Cointreau in these recipes as it is all I had on hand).

Agave Nectar- I like to use Trader Joe's Organic Blue Agave Nectar. Agave comes from the same plant that tequila is made from and so it is only right to keep them paired together for this drink. Agave syrup is said to cause less of a blood sugar spike than regular sugar so I can almost convince myself drinking margaritas is good for me.....almost.

Lime Juice- The final, but in my opinion the most important ingredient. Fresh Lime Juice! I will say it again, FRESH lime juice. Do not use bottled lime juice. Do not premixed sweet and sour. Just squeeze a lime. Easy as that. If you have an electric juicer, squeeze several at once to make a pitcher of margs or store the lime juice in the fridge for up to 5 days.



This little juicer is a beast and was under $50 from Amazon. Cuisinart CCJ-500. Alternatively, use a hand juicer. You can usually pick them up from any grocery store.


I know what you may be thinking, I can't be bothered to squeeze a lime, i'm sure bottled juice is fine....STOP IT! IT'S NOT! Each margarita only needs 0.75oz of fresh lime juice which is about the juice in 1 lime. Just 1 lime per margarita, come on, anyone can do that. So worth it!

Once your limes are juiced, throw ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake, shake, shake.


Run a wedge of lime around the rim of your glass dip into salt. I am obsessed with Murray River Gourmet Salt Flakes. They are light flaky pink salt crystals and they look as good as they taste. I sometimes combine Tajin and lime zest with the salt flakes for a bit of a kick.


Fill the glass with fresh ice and strain the contents of the shaker into the glass. Garnish with a lime wheel or wedge and enjoy!


Recipe

2oz Silver Tequila

1oz Triple Sec

0.75oz Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice

0.25oz Agave Nectar


Add contents to shaker with ice. Shake. Rim glass with salt and fill with fresh ice. Strain contents of shaker into glass. Enjoy!



Frozen Strawberry Margarita


I love this recipe on a hot summer day. It requires a half decent blender to crush the ice. I use a Vitamix which can pulverize ANYTHING but it is pricey. Worth it if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen (or want to drink a lot of frozen margs).

The recipe is exactly as above for the classic marg but with the addition of fresh strawberries, then everything is thrown in the blender with ice and blend.


Recipe

2oz Silver Tequila

1oz Triple Sec

0.75oz Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice

0.25oz Agave Nectar*

4-6 Fresh Strawberries


Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until a slushy consistency. Serve with or with our a salt rim on the glass.


*This can definitely be omitted for this recipe to make a "Skinny Margarita". The strawberries add a little sweetness which balances the tart lime juice.



Raspberry Mango Margarita


Again, this recipe uses the Classic Margarita as the base recipe and then the fruit is added. Really, you can make any variation when starting with the classic recipe. Get creative and throw any combination you like into the mix.


I had frozen raspberries and mango hanging out in my freezer so I threw a little of each in the blender along with some fresh lime juice to thin the mixture out a little. You can use fresh or frozen fruit to make the puree. Then add 1 oz of the raspberry mango puree to the classic recipe.


Recipe

2oz Silver Tequila

1oz Triple Sec

0.75oz Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice

0.25oz Agave Nectar*

1oz Raspberry Mango Puree


Add contents to shaker with ice. Shake. Rim glass with salt and fill with fresh ice. Strain contents of shaker into glass. Enjoy!



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