Strawberry Margarita on the Rocks
April 8, 2009 2:17 PM   Subscribe

Looking for a restaurant quality Margarita on the rocks recipe. There are many on the Internet and I am curious if anyone has any secret ingredients or process. I have tried the limeade and that is ok, but I am still looking for something great.
posted by strangej to Food & Drink (14 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
Honest to goodness Margaritas

Or this
posted by nola at 2:28 PM on April 8, 2009

Equal parts tequila (use good tequila; I like Herradura) and fresh squeezed lime juice (1-1 1/2 oz ea). Small amount of triple sec or cointreau (1/4 oz or so). Sugar syrup to taste.

Make the sugar syrup by boiling equal parts sugar and water until dissolved, then let cool. Keep refrigerated.
posted by pombe at 2:29 PM on April 8, 2009

The secret ingredient is freshly squeezed lime juice.
And don't add sugar until after you've tasted it without.
posted by kidbritish at 2:38 PM on April 8, 2009

I've made Rick Bayless recipe (as linked to by nola) it is simple and delicious (and very potent).
posted by mmascolino at 2:47 PM on April 8, 2009

Well, for a strawberry margarita:
Muddle a couple strawberries
Add 2 oz blanco tequila (Don Julio is a great one)
1/2 oz Cointreau
3/4 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
1/2ish oz simple syrup (to taste)
Shake and strain into a rocks glass over ice (use fresh ice in the glass, not the stuff you shook with)
posted by Jawn at 2:48 PM on April 8, 2009

I'm a fan of a Bayless margarita, but a slightly different recipe than the one nola linked to . . . the secret here is in making your own limeade with fresh lime zest steeped in simple syrup.
posted by donovan at 3:09 PM on April 8, 2009

Lime juice that's soaked in lime zest overnight has a much stronger flavor that I really like. Cooks Illustrated/ America's Test Kitchen recommends it for their Margaritas. Give it a try.
posted by Four Flavors at 3:31 PM on April 8, 2009

A slight and respectful correction to the simple syrup recipe above: It's better to make syrup for drinks from 2 parts sugar to 1 part water. Dilutes them less.
posted by mudpuppie at 3:33 PM on April 8, 2009

1 cup+ tequila
3/4 triple sec
1 cup water
1-3 tablespoons LIME MARMALADE (the true secret ingredient if you can find it)
1 squeezed lime
1 squeezed lemon
handful of ice
blend, drink, drink more, fuck
posted by mrmarley at 3:53 PM on April 8, 2009

Don't know about a strawberry version, but you can probably experiment with the following base...

1.5oz tequila
0.75oz agave nectar
0.75oz water
1 lime's worth of juice

I've had best results with a nice 100% agave aƱejo. Herradura is quite good. You can get the agave nectar at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. Darker will have more of an agave flavor. Use fresh lime juice no matter what.

No salt on the rim!
posted by lalas at 4:48 PM on April 8, 2009

As with pretty much any cocktail, the secret lies in what others have already mentioned - the ingredients. Fresh lime juice, a quality tequila, and cointreau/grand marnier will make all the difference.

Also, if you have a local bar which produces a truely awesome margarita, you could always ask the head bartender for the recipe.
posted by atmosphere at 5:06 PM on April 8, 2009

Secret here: not just fresh lime juice, fresh KEY LIME juice. And good tequila.
posted by dpx.mfx at 5:24 PM on April 8, 2009

Quality ingredients are the key.
1 part Herradura
1/2 part Cointreau (has a nice bite, Grand Marnier is sweeter)
1/4 part fresh lime juice
kosher salt

You might warn people about having more than two. They are slightly weaker than a martini. I have stretched these out with limeaid and more fresh lime.

If it doesn't have salt it is a tequila sour. Most people over salt the glass. If you use the flat surface of a lime against the upper edge of the rim, you can get a thin line of salt where individual grains are easily seen. This gives the proper amount of salt for the margarita drinkers (they can work their way around the glass) and those who wish a tequila sour can easily brush off a clear space to drink from.
posted by pointilist at 10:44 PM on April 8, 2009

A friend once made me a really tasty margarita that was: lots of tequila, ice, and equal parts limeade and beer - not a proper margarita, I'll admit, but good.

another variation on the margarita is: juice of 2 limes over ice, tequila, a dash of sprite, and a shake of salt.
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 12:04 AM on April 9, 2009

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