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Margarita 101

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If there’s one thing that I love about Cinco de Mayo, it’s the attention that one of my favorite drinks get – The Margarita.  Back when I was bartending at a well-known tequila bar on Lansdowne street, across from Fenway Park, not only did I serve copious amounts of tequila shots and tacos to Red Sox player celebrating their victories, but it’s where I began to grow an appreciation for a well crafted Marg.

There are many variations of a Margarita. Of course, you have the standard bar variation: Pour well tequila, a splash of triple sec, a squirt of lime juice, and fill with whatever packaged sour mix is on hand. What you often end up with is a margarita that has lost all of it’s flavor to the sourness. We already shared with you some really fun things to stock your bar with this weekend, but here’s the secret to mixing a good Margarita.

First, lets talk about the star of the show: The tequila.
There are five different classes of Tequila’s: Blanco, Joven, Reposado, Anejo, and Extra Anejo. The different classes suggest how long the tequila has been aged for and the manufacturing process. (For example: what type of barrel the tequila was aged in. An oak barrel will obviously give the tequila a more oaky flavor.) Personally, when i’m making  margarita, I would go with either a silver tequila (blanco) or a repasado, the finer tequila, like Anejo and Extra Anejo, are meant to sip on, not mask. A silver tequila also gives the Margarita a better color  and the darker tequilas have a more oaky flavor which don’t mix very well with a sour flavor.

The next step is usually where a good margarita can easily turn bad. The key to a great margarita is freshness. So, heed my following advice. 1. HOLD the triple sec, grand marnier, or any other orange flavored liquor. You don’t need it. Let the tequila have it’s day in the limelight. 2. DO NOT buy sweet and sour bar mix or any other store-bought pre-packaged sour mix. Not only will you regret it the next morning when you wake up with a nasty sugar hangover but again, you will completely over power the taste of your tequila.  Instead use 100% agave nectar. Take the agave nectar and mix it with equal parts water. Agave nectar is just as easy, if not easier to find in your local supermarket then the aforementioned mixes, so NO EXCUSES!

The Preparation is simple:

Start with a Highball glass, and fill with ice. Add 1/2 of a lime squeezed, 2 oz, tequila, fill the rest with your agave nectar mix, shake and you have yourself the perfect tasting margarita.

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