Classic Cocktails: The Margarita – Tequila

Here’s where I differ with the IBA: Their recipe calls for a margarita on the rocks in a margarita glass. I prefer mine up, in a cocktail (Martini) glass or a coupe (Nick & Nora) glass. Ed note: if you don’t know, Dashiell Hammett’s private eye Nick Charles (The Thin Man) and his wife Nora were famous  cocktail tipplers. Hence the names of the cocktail glasses.)

3.5 cL tequila

2 cL Triple Sec

1.5cL limejuice

Rub the rim of the glass with lime juice and roll outside of rim in salt. Avoid getting salt on the inside rim—you don’t want to salt the drink. Shake ingredients over ice and pour into the glass.

Alejandro Olivares, Tinwell

“I’ve always been a huge fan of the margarita—it is America’s favorite cocktail after all. I made a Utah-inspired version a little while ago. Here it is:

Wasatch Rita:

.5 oz. fresh lime juice

.5 oz. agave

.75 oz. Hive Winery Summer Mead 

.5 oz. High West Silver Oat Whiskey 

1.5 oz. silver tequila 

Combine all ingredients and shake vigorously with ice. Strain into a chilled double old-fashioned glass. Float some Bitters Lab apricot bitters over the top and garnish with speared sage leaf.”

See the other Classic Cocktails:

The Rob Roy – ScotchThe Daiquiri – RumThe Bloody Mary – VodkaThe Sidecar – CognacThe Old Fashioned – BourbonThe Martini – Gin

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Mary Brown Malouf
Mary Brown Malouf
Mary Brown Malouf is the late Executive Editor of Salt Lake magazine and Utah's expert on local food and dining. She still does not, however, know how to make a decent cup of coffee.

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