Classic Margarita
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Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 1
  • lime wedges
  • coarse salt
  • ice
  • fresh limes
  • honey or agave nectar, to taste
For each Margarita
  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • ½ ounce cointreau
First, squeeze the limes:
  1. Use a reamer, a citrus juicer, or a lemon or lime squeezer to juice about 1 lime per drink. This depends on how big your limes are, and how juicy - it can vary a lot. It is a good idea in life, generally to make sure you always have plenty of limes on hand.
  2. Taste the juice, which will be somewhat sour - if it is really sour, use a small whisk or a fork to blend in a small amount of honey or agave. Remember the cointreau is sweet too, so leave the juice on the tart side.
Second prepare your glasses:
  1. Place a small amount of coarse salt on a small plate - a couple teaspoons is more than enough for several drinks. Use a lime wedge to moisten the rim of the glass, then immediately up-end the glass into the salt and move it around to get a nice coating of salt on the rim.
  2. Place a couple of ice cubes in the glass. Set aside.
Make the drink
  1. In the metal side of the shaker, put in 2 or 3 ice cubes, the tequila, lime juice and cointreau. Fit the glass side on, give a it little tap on the counter to seal the shaker, and keeping the glass side at the top,shake vigorously, until the metal side of the shaker is covered with light condensation.
  2. Lightly tap the shaker on the edge of the counter, where the two sides meet, to free them from each other.
  3. Pour the drink into the prepared glass, and squeeze one of the lime wedges into the top, and then put the wedge in there too.
  4. Serve immediately
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