Margarita

Where the margarita was invented and by whom is a matter of much debate. Among the many who have claimed the honor: a Texas hostess named Margarita Sames, the Kentucky Club in Ciudad Juarez, and the Tail o' the Cock in Los Angeles. What is certain is that fresh lime juice and good tequila are essential to a real margarita and that no sweet-and-sour mix should be used.

Classic Shaken Margarita
Fresh lime juice and good tequila are essential for making an authentic margarita.
Yield: makes 2 Cocktails
Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 limes, halved and juiced, rinds reserved
  • 4 oz. premium tequila
  • 4 oz. Cointreau or triple sec
  • Margarita salt or kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Fill two stemmed cocktail glasses with crushed ice and allow to chill. Meanwhile, fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add lime juice, tequila, and Cointreau. Shake well.
  2. Empty the ice from glasses, rub rims of glasses with the pulp side of one of the lime rinds, then dip moistened rims into a saucer of salt. Strain margaritas into salt-rimmed glasses and garnish with a slice of lime, if you like.