Thursday, June 10, 2010

Classic Shaken Margarita

This is my favorite margarita-strong, tangy and icy but not frozen.

Any good quality tequila will allow for a great tasting margarita but, if you can take a bit of a splurge, then take the leap and purchase a 100 percent agave tequila, it really makes this cocktail shine and is worth the investment.


Classic Shaken Margarita
Makes 4 generous cocktails
Recipe from: Rick Bayless

Ingredients:
1 cup tequila, preferably a young silver or reposado 100 percent agave tequila
1/2 cup Cointreau or other high quality orange liqueur
1/3 cup fresh lime juice, plus a little extra for moistening the rim of the glasses
A little sugar if necessary
About 1/3 cup coarse (kosher) salt for crusting the rims of the glasses
About 3 cups medium ice cubes

Directions:
In a small pitcher, combine the tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice.  Taste and add more lime or a touch of sugar if desired (keep in mind that it will taste a little tangier once it has been shaken).

Spread out the salt on a small plate.  Moisten the rims of four 6-ounce martini glasses with a little lime juice (if you have a cut lime, even an already squeezed one, just moisten the rims by running it around them).  Dip the rim of each glass in the salt, creating a thin, even crusted all around the rim.

Pour half of the margarita mixture into a cocktail shaker, add half of the ice cubes and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds (this is important to achieve the perfect strength-some of the ice needs to melt into the margarita-and the right degree of frostiness).  Strain into two of the prepared glasses, then repeat with the remaining margarita mixture.  

Relax and enjoy!
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50 comments:

Pierce said...

Now THIS looks like the beginning of a great weekend!

Foodessa said...

Isn't it nice when we actually have all the ingredients on hand to be able to please and re-fresh ourselves with very tasty cocktail!
Very nice blend ;0)
Thanks for sharing and flavourful wishes, Claudia

Faith said...

The perfect drink for cocktail hour! :)

Pam said...

Margaritas are the best!!! Is that taken in front of some rosemary?

Jay said...

fantastic click with neat presentation.

Sandi said...

that looks great Velva!!

Julie said...

Beautiful margarita! Love the blue tequilla bottle. Your rosemary looks beautiful. I am still waiting for mine to grow this year. We've had a lot of rain and it seems to thrive in warm and dry.

Raina said...

Sounds refreshing and delicious! I will be needing one of those around 5:00 today..lol.

Andy said...

Love it, and none of that vile mint to boot!

Big Dude said...

Good looking rita and I think you could be hurt after a few of them :-)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

The perfect cocktail for drinking on the patio in the summer! Good ingredients and fresh lime juice are so important. I'm a purist too - never frozen slushies!

Devon said...

Totally agree that shaken is better than frozen.

Kim said...

I love it when you make cocktails! They always looks so pretty and inviting ;-) I definitely love a great margarita and need to get some good tequilla.

Pam said...

Love this marg! It looks yummy delicious!

figtree said...

Wishing you safe travels..I think I need a drink like this after all this packing!xoxo

The Japanese Redneck said...

I like my shaken too. Frozen gives me a headache. I would say brain freeze, but you gotta have a brain before it can get frozen......

Lyndsey said...

Mmmm...sounds perfect! Top shelf shaken Margarita! I always like mine shaken, not frozen and with salt! I haven't tried the agave tequila yet, I'll put that on my list!

buffalodick said...

I buy such cheap booze, I just leave it in the brown bag it came in... :)

Karalee said...

I love margi's and will definitely give this a try! Thank you.

tasteofbeirut said...

Your photo is very suggestive and I am feeling the urge for a maragarita right about now; thanks for the tip on the 100% agave ones, as I usually buy the cheaper bottle thinking (wrongly) that we won't notice the difference!

Federica said...

mmmmmmmmmmmmm..che delizia!!

Vanessa said...

My boyfriend and I are on a HUGE margarita kick recently - if we drink, it's pretty much all we want. They're just so perfect for summer.

Ana Powell said...

Very perfect for the summer ♥

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Thanks so much for dropping by my blog!

I discovered a lonely bottle of Cointreau in my cabinet this weekend and you and I must be on the same wavelength because I kept thinking about how a nice cold margarita would be perfect with it. Alas, I had no tequila. You are reminding me how I should remedy that. While I'm at it, I should get some limes and cranberry juice for some rockin' cosmos!

RamblingTart said...

I've never tried the agave tequila before, Velva, but you make it sound so amazing I simply must!!

TKW said...

Now you're speaking my language! Looks like just the thing for a thirsty girl!

Lea Ann said...

A big "High Five". Just like I like em.

Mags said...

Perfect margarita recipe and as I'm sitting here sweating, I could really, really use one.

Lovely photo.

Karen said...

Yum! I can't drink frozen ritas... they give me brain freeze. OUCH! This looks perfect :)

Marguerite said...

Wonderful! I could use one right now! Cheers!

5 Star Foodie said...

I love learning how to make cocktails from you! This is terrific!

Julie said...

Um...yes please!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Ah, summer has arrived! I've never had agave tequila - I'll have to check it out.

Catherine said...

Ah, I love the way this sounds. I agree with T.W. Summer has arrived! Yay!
Well, cheers to a happy, healthy summer!

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

Velva I just love you and your devotion to cocktails. I honestly love that cocktail culture is coming back. You can literally feel (and hear) the difference when you make a special drink for company versus just serving the typical wine and beer. Keep 'em coming! This one has my name on it.

Sophie said...

A very tasty & grown up party drink!

Excellent for these hot summer days!

Angie's Recipes said...

This is a great cocktail to kick start the World Cup!

Barbara said...

You always make the best drinks, Velva! I wish I lived next door to you.
Yummee.

LaDivaCucina said...

It's Friday and it's cocktail time! woo hoo! I never got into the classic way of making margaritas but always did it with home made sour mash. Perhaps it was because Cointreau is $35 and triple sec is $10?! Enjoy Mami!

Chris said...

Slide one of those over my way, V!

À LA GRAHAM said...

This is perfect! I just made watermelon margs today and I was debating over the tequilla. I am going to have to go out and buy this. Good tequilla makes all the difference. I hope to post mine on Sunday, they were really tasty!
Thanks for the recipe!

Mary said...

This could quite quickly a favorite of mine as well. It looks wonderful. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Adventures in Domestic Cooking said...

Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog, it was all too sweet!!=)
That is such a wonderful story about your Kitchen Aid, thanks for sharing it.

Susan Fields said...

Oh, yum! Margaritas are my favorite drinks. My husband loves Mexican food but I don't, but at least I get to drink margaritas!

Sues said...

Perfect Saturday night drink! And the Milagro bottle is so pretty :)

theUngourmet said...

That is some good looking tequila alright! Yum! It's finally warm here today. That margarita looks just about perfect for today! ;)

Chef E said...

I have the chips and dips to go with!

Christiana said...

Delicious blog, so glad I came upon it! I always love a nice drink!

Karen Harris said...

Now you're talking! I love a good Margarita and this looks like a great one.

D. @ Outside Oslo said...

That sounds a lot like my husband's excellent margarita: quality tequila, orange liquor, and definitely no pre-made mixes. Cheers!

(By the way, I just posted his mojito recipe on Outside Oslo, if you're interested in another summery drink. It's my favorite mojito.)

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