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
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.
“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:
.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.”
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