The Margarita

This recipe produces a grown-up cocktail, strong and tart; not a spiked fruit punch for drinkers with teenage palates.

  • 60 ml (2 shots) 100 per cent agave tequila, silver (plata) or reposado
  • A splash of Cointreau (preferably) or other orange-flavoured liqueur
  • Juice of 1 juicy lime (reserve one squeezed lime half)
  • Finely ground sea salt
01   Three-quarters fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Add the tequila, Cointreau and lime juice, cover the shaker and shake vigorously about 50 times.
02   Let the shaker sit for 2-3 minutes.
03   Meanwhile, pour salt into a small bowl to a depth of about a centimetre. Rub the cut surface of the reserved squeezed lime half around the rim of a large Old Fashioned glass or white wine glass, then dip the rim into the salt to lightly coat the exterior.
04   Add 2 or 3 fresh ice cubes to the glass, if you like (the Margarita may also be taken straight), then strain in the contents of the shaker.

Related content: classic cocktail recipes

Topics:

TEQUILA, MEXICAN, SUMMER, CHEFS' RECIPES, COCKTAILS, DRINKS, LIMES

Recipe:

COLMAN ANDREWS

Photography:

RODNEY MACUJA

Styling:

AIMEE JONES

FEATURED IN

Jan 2015

Jan 2015

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