Margaritas are easy, right? Just pour a few shots of tequila into a red plastic cup and add a generous helping of margarita mix!
This method may work well enough for the college student, but if you want to be taken seriously as a competent adult, you’ve got to up your margarita game.
Luckily, making margaritas from scratch is surprisingly simple, and leagues better than any pre-made, sugary mix you’ll ever try. Today, I’m going to teach you how to make your own.
- ice cubes
- 3 oz tequila
- 2 oz freshly-squeezed lime juice (about one lime)
- 1 oz simple syrup
- 1/2 to 1 tablespoon orange liqueur
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- zest of one lime
- 2 tablespoons coarse sea salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves completely. Set aside to cool. You can store the simple syrup in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to one month.
Use a small blender to blend the lime, salt, and sugar. Pour the mixture onto a small plate, making sure to spread it evenly. Press the rim of a chilled glass onto the mixture to rim the edge.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add tequila, lime juice, simple syrup, and orange liqueur. Shake until ingredients are mixed and chilled -- you can usually tell when the drink is ready because the shaker will mist up. Strain the margarita into your chilled, rimmed glass, and enjoy!