Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner, so there’s no better time to master the margarita. With a few tips from my friend Jeff Cleveland, bartender extraordinaire, and the help of designer Kellie, I’ll show you what makes for The Perfect Margarita and how to make a complimentary drink: The Paloma.
The Perfect Margarita
- 2 oz. tequila
- 4-5 limes
- ¾ oz. triple sec
- Coarse salt
- Crushed ice
When making this cocktail, remember fresh is best – no pre-made mix here! That’s why to start you’ll want to juice a handful of limes until you have produced 1 ounce of lime juice. (This usually takes 3-4 limes, depending on the size.)
Using fresh limes will really make this cocktail pop. You’ll also want to prepare your glasses by swiping a lime around the edge and rolling in your coarse salt.
Now measure out the tequila, lime juice and triple sec (we used the measuring glass from this cocktail set and just loved it – plus you get all the tools you need to start mixing at home).
Combine these in a cocktail shaker with ice and get shaking! Pour over crushed ice in your prepped glasses, garnish with a lime wheel and cheers – or should I say ¡salud!
Now if you want to take it a step further for your next fiesta, give Jeff’s recipe for “The Paloma” a try. This time you can take the shaker out of the equation and give the following a stir in your favorite ice-filled Collins glass (but a margarita glass will do just fine).
- 2 oz. tequila
- ½ oz. fresh lime juice
- 2-3 oz. grapefruit soda – we used Jarritos
- Pinch of salt
To finish, garnish with a lime wheel or a slice of grapefruit. I hope these cocktails have you inspired for your next fiesta!