Margaritas are one of the most popular cocktails in Los Angeles, a city with a strong Mexican influence that celebrates all kinds of cultures. Taking advantage of the wide range of Mexican restaurants, I try to try and savor different dishes and drinks from Mexican cuisine.
Fortunately, I have found wonderful places to indulge in these delicacies and have even learned how to make many of these dishes. Without a doubt, one of the basic cocktails par excellence that my Mexican friends have taught me is the “classic” margarita; a refreshing and typical drink in celebrations of all kinds.
Here I share my favorite recipe, among all the ones I have learned. It was shared with me by one of my bartender friends. Enjoy it!
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- Two ice cups.
- 4 oz. of tequila.
- Two oz. triple sec.
- Two oz. fresh lemon juice.
- 1 lime, sliced.
- Coarse salt, to taste.
- Place the ice, tequila, triple sec, and lime juice in a blender. Process until you get a frozen consistency.
- Take some of the lime slices and rub them on the rim of the glasses where you will serve the drinks. In a small dish, add the salt and dip each of the rims of the glasses in the salt.
- Serve the drink and decorate with the rest of the lime slices.
- Prepare a margarita of another flavor by adding 1 cup of fruit of your choice at the time of blending.
No nutritional information is available for this recipe.
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How to Prepare a Classic, Frozen, Strawberry And Mango Margarita in Thermomix
- Preparation Time: 2 minutes.
- Total Time: 2 minutes.
- Course: Drinks.
- Cuisine: Mexican.
- Name: Margarita Cocktail.
For the Strawberry Margarita
- 8 Strawberries. *Frozen or near frozen
For the Mango Margarita
- 10 medium chunks Mango. *Frozen or near frozen
Classic Lemon Margarita
- Moisten the rim of a martini glass and sprinkle with salt, garnish with a lemon wedge.
- Place the tequila, cointreau, lemon juice and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake for a minute.
- Serve in the martini glass.
- In a blender, place the tequila, the juice of one lemon, the ice cubes and the Cointreau. Mix on high speed for 40 seconds or until you notice a frozen consistency.
- Serve in a martini glass, avoiding large pieces of ice falling into the glass.
- Garnish with a slice of lemon and sprinkle a touch of salt on top.
- Add in a blender the strawberries (frozen), the Cointreau, the juice of half a lemon and the tequila. Blend at maximum speed for one minute.
- Serve in a martini glass, garnish with a lemon wedge.
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- Place the Cointreau, the mango, the juice of half a lemon and the tequila in a blender. Blend on high speed for a minute and a half.
- Serve in a martini glass and garnish with a lemon wedge.
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How to Make a Frozen Margarita?
Few things are more refreshing than a frozen margarita on a hot summer day. Prepare this classic cocktail in a blender using ingredients like tequila, fresh lime juice, and agave nectar. Then, if you want to customize the margarita, get creative with fun and fruity variations. Now that’s a party!
What Is The Frozen Margarita Cocktail?
The frozen Margarita cocktail is another popular way to prepare a refreshing Mexican drink. The recipe calls for the same ingredients as the original, except you’re swapping out the shaker for a blender to make it. The salt rim is still optional and as always avoid the “Margarita Mix”!
Classic Frozen Margarita
- 1 cup (220g) ice cubes.
- 1/4 cup (60ml) tequila.
- 1/8 cup (30 ml) lime juice.
- 1.5 tablespoons orange liqueur.
- Margarita salt or kosher salt.
- Lime slices.
Makes 1 serving
Method 1: Blend a Classic Frozen Margarita
- Choose a blender that can crush ice. Using a blender that can’t crush ice can damage or even ruin the blades. Look for a high-powered one that has at least 300 watts and stainless steel blades.
- If you already have a blender but aren’t sure if it’s safe to use with ice, check your owner’s manual first.
- Add ice, tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur to blender. Pour in 1 cup (220 g) of ice cubes, 1/4 cup (60 mL) of tequila, 1/8 cup (30 mL) of lime juice, and 1.5 tablespoons of orange liqueur.
- It is possible to use orange liqueur of any kind (for example, triple sec, Cointreau, or Grand Marnier). Also, choose the type or brand of tequila you prefer.
- If you don’t have lime juice, you can substitute frozen lime juice concentrate. Tip: For a sweeter margarita, add 1/2 teaspoon of agave nectar.
- Blend the ingredients until smooth. Puree the mixture using the highest setting on your blender, which is often labeled “smoothie.” Stop every 30 seconds and stir with a spoon to make sure the ice doesn’t stick to the blades. Continue blending for 2-3 minutes until there are no chunks left in the mixture.
- You can also use the blender’s “shred” or “blend” setting.
- Avoid over processing the margarita mix to the point that it becomes completely runny. Stop before you reach that point so that the crisp, icy texture is preserved.
- Wet the rim of a margarita glass with a lime wedge, then dip it in salt. Run the cut side of a fresh lime wedge around the rim of the glass, squeezing the lime a bit as you do so. Sprinkle some margarita salt or kosher salt on a plate and place the glass rim down on the salt. Tap it lightly to get rid of the excess, then turn the glass on the correct side.
- When rubbing the glass with the file, use just enough pressure that the rim is wet but not dripping. Tip: If you want extra tartness, add a little lime zest to the salt before submerging the glass.
- Pour the margarita mix into the glass and garnish with a lime wedge. Once you’ve salted the rim of the glass, fill it with the mixture. Carefully pour it into the center so you don’t ruin the salt. Place a fresh lime wedge on the rim before drinking the margarita.
- To cut a lime wedge, you must first cut it in half lengthwise. Lay one half flat side down, then cut the lime at an angle to make a wedge.
Method 2: Make Variations on the Classic Frozen Margarita
- Substitute strawberry puree for lime juice to make a frozen strawberry margarita. Substitute 1/8 cup (30 ml) of fresh or frozen strawberry puree for the lime juice. Blend it together with 1 cup (220 g) of ice cubes, 1/4 cup (60 ml) of tequila, and 1.5 tablespoons of orange liqueur.
- To make the strawberry puree, place the strawberries in a food processor and process until smooth.
- Opt to use carbonated water and orange juice if you want a virgin frozen margarita. For children or adults who don’t want an alcoholic drink, you can substitute plain carbonated water for the tequila. Then add orange juice instead of orange liqueur. Blend it all together with ice and frozen limeade concentrate.
- Keep in mind that non-alcoholic frozen margaritas will melt more quickly. Did you know? You can also use lemon-lime soda instead of club soda if you want a more flavorful virgin frozen margarita.
- Use a ready-made margarita mix for an easier option. Mixes that are bought ready-made come in many different flavors, from mango to pineapple, and usually only require the addition of tequila and ice. Follow the instructions on the back of the bottle to make frozen margaritas using that specific type and brand.
- You can find ready-made margarita mixes at a liquor store, grocery store, or online retailer.
- Layer margaritas of different flavors in a glass to make a pretty drink for a party. Blend 2-3 different types of frozen margaritas (for example, strawberry, lime, and mango), then fill a margarita glass one-third with one flavor (for example, strawberry), another third with the second flavor (for example, lime ) and the last third with the last flavor (for example, mango). The result will be a colorful cocktail that looks as good as it tastes.
- Try to choose flavors that have different colors so that the layers stand out. For example, lime is pale neon green, strawberry is red, and mango is bright orange.
- Be careful not to stir the margarita after you pour it. You should also drink it right away, as the colors will begin to mix as it begins to melt.
Things You Will Need
Classic Frozen Margarita
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How To Make A Daisy?
No one knows exactly who invented the daisy. This drink has as many ways of preparing it as there are stories about its origin. What’s more, there are so many margarita varieties that you can experiment with a bit!
Make A Classic Margarita
- Get the ingredients below:
- 1 to 2 parts 100% agave tequila.
- 1 part freshly squeezed lime juice.
- 1 part triple sec.
- Kosher coarse salt or sea salt.
- Lime to decorate.
- Hot sauce (optional).
- Wet the rim of a glass with a file. Make a small cut in a piece of lime and place it on the edge of the glass. Then run the lime wedge around the rim of the glass to douse it with the juice.
- Put salt on the rim of the glass. Put coarse salt (kosher or sea) on a plate. Then, holding the glass parallel to the saucer, let its rim touch the salt, then carefully rotate it to coat the entire rim with salt.
- Don’t place the glass face down and directly into the salt like a cookie sheet. You want to make sure that only the outside of the glass has salt in it.
- Another option is to use sugar instead of salt.
- Fill a cocktail shaker 2/3 to ¾ full with ice. Use large cubes, because smaller ones will melt too quickly and water down your drink.
- Pour 1-2 parts tequila into the shaker. To make 1 margarita, you will need to fill about 1-2 shot glasses with tequila and pour them into the shaker. The exact amount of tequila will depend on your preferences.
- You may want to start with 1 part tequila and add more if the flavor isn’t to your liking.
- Add 1 part triple sec to shaker. To make 1 margarita, you will need 1 shot glass filled with triple sec.
- Add 1 part freshly squeezed lime juice to the shaker. To make 1 margarita, you will need 1 shot glass filled with lime juice.
- Shake the shaker vigorously. Do this for at least 15 seconds to make sure the ingredients are fully mixed.
- Pour the mixture from the shaker into a glass. If you want to add ice to your margarita, be sure to place the ice cubes in the glass before pouring (to avoid splashing).
- Garnish the margarita with a wedge of lime and enjoy! You can also add a splash of hot sauce to give it a more intense flavor.
- Experiment with other ratios. If you didn’t like the recommended ratios in this recipe, you can try some of the ratios below (tequila, triple sec, and lime juice):
- 8:1.5:3 (to decrease triple sec flavor).
Make A Simple Margarita With 3 Ingredients
- Get the ingredients below:
- 1 to 1 ½ parts freshly squeezed lime juice.
- 2 parts water.
- 1 to 2 parts 100% agave tequila.
- ½ to 1 part agave syrup, to taste.
- Kosher salt or sea salt.
- Put salt on the rim of the margarita glass. To do this, wet the rim of the margarita glass with lime juice, then place it in a shallow dish filled with coarse salt, either kosher or sea salt.
- Pour the lime juice into the shaker. To make 1 margarita, you will need 1 to 1 ½ shot glasses of lime juice, which is about the same as 2 medium-large limes.
- Pour the water into the shaker. To make 1 margarita, you will need 2 shot glasses of water. To ensure that additives or dissolved minerals in the water do not change the taste of the drink, use filtered or bottled water.
- Pour the tequila into the shaker. To make 1 margarita, you will need 1-2 shot glasses of tequila, depending on how strong you want your drink to be.
- Pour the agave syrup into the shaker. To make 1 margarita, you will need ½ to 1 shot glass of agave syrup, depending on your preferences.
- Put a good amount of ice cubes in the shaker. You will need more ice than liquid: try to fill 2/3 to ¾ of the shaker with ice.
- Shake the shaker vigorously. Do this for at least 15 seconds to mix the ingredients completely.
- Uncover the shaker. If the shaker lid gets stuck, gently tap the base of the shaker with the bottom of your hand.
- Pour the margarita into the glass.
- Add any decorative ingredients you like to the glass with the margarita and enjoy! If you want to add a piece of lime or a small umbrella to the margarita, now is the time to do so. When you’re done, enjoy it!
Make A Frozen Margarita From Scratch
- Get the ingredients:
- 10 to 12 medium or large files.
- 6 to 8 medium or large lemons.
- 1 ½ parts tequila.
- ½ part triple sec.
- Coarse ground sugar or salt.
- Make your own sweet and sour mix. In a large bowl, mix 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of warm water and whisk until the sugar dissolves completely. Next, add 1 cup of lime juice and 1 cup of lemon juice, both freshly squeezed.
- Another way to dissolve the sugar in the water is by placing both in a jar and shaking them vigorously until the sugar has completely dissolved.
- Prepare the glass. Use a freshly cut lime to wet the rim of a chilled glass, then place the glass on a plate filled with coarse salt. If you want your margarita to taste sweet and salty at the same time, place the glass on a plate containing a mixture of salt and sugar.
- Pour 1 ½ parts tequila into a blender. To make 1 margarita, you will need one and a half shot glasses of tequila.
- Add ½ part triple sec to blender. To make 1 margarita, you will need ½ shot glass of triple sec (the most recommended brand is “Cointreau”).
- Add 3 parts of a drink to mix to the blender. To make 1 margarita, you will need 3 shot glasses of this drink.
- Put ice in the blender. Place ice cubes in the blender until they protrude slightly from the liquid. Then blend all the ingredients until you get a drink that has a uniform consistency and similar to that of a granita.
- Serve the margarita and enjoy! You can decorate the glasses with pieces of lime. You can also give them a splash of freshly squeezed lime juice (or squeeze the lime wedges you used for garnish) before drinking.
Make A Frozen Margarita With Limeade
- Get a plastic container where you can hold 2 L (67 oz.) of liquid. Make sure the lid of that container fits snugly. The container should also fit comfortably in your refrigerator.
- To use this recipe, you will need 6 oz. (177 ml) cans of limeade. If you’re using larger cans, like 12 oz. (355 ml), you can also make this recipe, though since they’re twice as big, you’ll need to cut them in half so you don’t end up with 135 oz. (4 L) of limeade.
- Mix the ingredients in the plastic container. You are going to use the empty lemonade cans to measure the rest of the ingredients (for this reason the recipe lists “cans” as its unit of measure). This is what you should put in the plastic container:
- 2 cans frozen lemonade.
- 6 cans of water.
- 2 cans of tequila.
- 1 can triple sec.
- Wait for the drink to get a consistency similar to that of a slushie. This will take 4 or more hours. You can leave the drink in the freezer overnight, as the alcohol won’t allow it to freeze completely.
- Prepare the glasses. Before serving the drinks, you will need to prepare the glasses by wetting their rims with lime juice and placing them on a plate with coarse salt.
- Remove the drink from the freezer. Take the container out of the freezer. If the lid is too tight, you’ll need to shake the container vigorously to break up the ice crystals and ensure that the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
- If you weren’t able to fit the lid on the container very well and can’t shake the container as a result, open the container and place it on a counter, then mix the ingredients inside with a whisk.
- Serve the margaritas with a ladle. This recipe makes 2 L (67 oz.) of margarita; you will be able to serve 8 to 12 servings with this, depending on the size of the glasses you want to serve.
Make A Margarita With Corona Beer
- Get the ingredients:
- ½ to ¾ cup of a light beer (Corona is a great choice).
- 1 cup gold tequila (regular tequila doesn’t mix well with beer).
- Triple sec to taste (the sweeter the better).
- The juice of ¼ to ½ lime.
- 1 spoon of sugar.
- Carbonated water.
- Crushed ice.
- Prepare the glasses. Wet the rim of a chilled glass with a piece of lime. Then place it on a plate full of coarse salt or sugar to impregnate the edge with it.
- Keep in mind that this recipe will make at least 2 margarita glasses.
- Pour the tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and sugar into a shaker. Mix them up a bit, then let the drink sit for 30 seconds to help the sugar dissolve.
- The amount of triple sec you add will depend on your tastes. You can start with ½ cup.
- Add ice and shake the shaker vigorously. Fill the shaker 2/3 to ¾ full with ice, cover and shake for at least 15 seconds.
- Pour the mixture into the glasses. When you’ve finished mixing the ingredients, uncover the shaker and pour the drink into the chilled, salted-rimmed glasses.
- Pour the beer into the glasses. Add ½ to ¾ cup of beer to each glass. You can start with ½ cup and then taste the drink before adding more.
- Shake the drink and taste it. Mix the ingredients a little more and try the margarita. Then adjust the amount of ingredients as you see fit and mix them again.
- At this point, you can add some carbonated water to the mixture to make it bubbly.
- Add crushed ice to your drink, mix it up and enjoy. When you’re happy with the taste of the drink, add some crushed ice, mix it up and enjoy!
Choose The Best Ingredients
- Learn to choose a good tequila. The best tequila is made from 100% agave. Tequila that does not contain 100% agave may contain ingredients such as syrups, sugars, and artificial flavors or colors. The label on the tequila bottle must say 100% agave.
- Learn how to choose a good triple sec. Common triple secs contain about 15% and up to 40% alcohol. If you want a stronger margarita, then you should choose a high-alcohol triple sec, such as Cointreau (alc. 40% abv).
- There are many brands of triple sec. Some of the most popular are Curacao, Grand Marnier (which is actually an orange cognac), and Cointreau.
- If you want a particularly simple margarita, you can skip the triple sec.
- Choose the best limes. Ripe limes have thin, shiny, smooth skin. If you rub them with your fingers, they should give off a pleasant aroma.
- If you want to make a margarita that has an authentic Mexican flavor, use Mexican limes, which are more acidic than the larger Persian limes.
- Alternatively, you can use lemon juice (try sweeter “Meyer” lemons!) for a smoother margarita flavor.
- Use a good quality sweetener. The best sweeteners are agave syrup (if you can’t get it in the supermarket, try a health food store), simple syrups, and honey.
- You can make simple syrup at home by mixing sugar and water in a jar and then shaking it, or by heating the sugar and water in a pan. In both cases, you will have to do it until the sugar dissolves. Depending on your tastes, you can mix 1 ½ to 2 parts sugar with 1 part water.
- It is not necessary to use a sweetener. Some people just let the orange liqueur provide all the sweetness in the margarita.
- Use large ice cubes. Unless you want to make a frozen margarita, you’ll need to use large ice cubes (for example, to chill the drink). These ice cubes will not melt as quickly as the smaller ones; the less the ice melts, the more flavor your drink will have.
- Choose a good quality salt. Sea salt and kosher salt are the most recommended in the preparation of margaritas. However, kosher salt is a bit saltier than sea salt.
- Avoid using table salt, because it will clump too much on the rim of the glass and your drink will end up being too salty.
- You can also purchase salt mixes specifically for margaritas at many liquor stores and supermarkets.
Put Salt On The Rim Of The Margarita Glass
- Put salt in a small plate. Sea salt and kosher salt are the most recommended in the preparation of margaritas, since their large grains are more attractive to the eye and taste better in these types of drinks. Place a layer of salt on the plate that is ¼ inch (0.6 cm) thick.
- If you want your margarita to be sweet and salty at the same time, add a little sugar to the salt before coating the rim of the glass.
- Wet the rim of the glass. The best way to do this is to cut a piece of lime, place it on the rim of the glass as if you were garnishing a drink, and then run it all the way around the rim of the glass.
- Be careful not to squeeze the lime too hard, otherwise its juice will stain the glass. If you end up splashing the glass with juice, that won’t be much of a problem, but your drink won’t look as nice.
- Place the salt on the rim of the glass. There are two methods to do this. One is to place the glass face down on the plate and rotate it the same way you would a cookie cutter.
- The other method is to hold the glass parallel to the plate and let the rim lightly touch the salt, then turn the glass in your hand so that only the outside rim is covered in salt. This method is to make sure that too much salt doesn’t get into your glass and ruin your drink.
- How good a margarita is will depend on the quality of its ingredients, so don’t be stingy!
- Chill the glasses before preparing the margaritas so they stay refreshing for a longer period of time.
- Consider using herbs like mint, basil, or cilantro in your margaritas, though not all three at the same time.
- To make a “blue margarita”, use blue curacao (liquor made from the dried peels of the “lahara” citrus fruit, which is similar to orange) instead of triple sec.
- Some people recommend squeezing the limes 4 to 10 hours before using them in the margarita to reduce their acidity and intensify their flavor.
- Some margarita fans recommend trying this recipe without using orange liqueur.
- For reference, standard shot glasses hold 1 to 1 ½ oz. (30 to 45 ml).
- Drink responsibly .
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Strawberry or Strawberry Margaritas
These refreshing strawberry margaritas are prepared with strawberries, lemon juice, sugar or honey to taste, orange liqueur, and tequila. I love margarita cocktails, and of course, I really like to enjoy the classic margarita with fresh lime juice, but from time to time I also crave variations of this cocktail with fruit. This strawberry margarita can be made and served “on the rocks” or simply over ice cubes. Or if I prefer it frape style, called frozen in English, or granita, it is blended with ice until the desired consistency is obtained. Regular sugar can be used to sweeten this cocktail, but I also like to use honey – its flavor pairs well with strawberries and lemon juice.
- 1 pound fresh strawberries or strawberries, washed and stemmed.
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar honey or your preferred sweetener – adjust to taste.
- The juice of 5 to 6 lemons about 1/2 cup lemon juice.
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup orange liqueur e.g. Grand Marnier or Cointreau, adjust to taste.
- 1 cup to 1 1/2 cups of your choice of tequila or strawberry tequila, adjust to taste.
- ice to taste.
To Decorate The Glasses:
- Salt or sugar for the rims of the glasses.
- Lemon and strawberry slices.
- Cut the strawberries in half, this is to make it easier to blend them.
- Put the strawberries, lemon juice, and sugar or honey in the blender. Blend well.
- Add tequila and orange liqueur, blend until well blended. Taste and adjust the liquor to your liking.
- Sprinkle the rims of the glasses or glasses with a slice of lemon and then put the rims of the glasses in salt or sugar, according to your taste.
- For margaritas on the rocks, serve the cocktail in glasses or glasses with ice cubes.
- To prepare Strawberry Frappe Margaritas, add a good amount of ice to the blender. Set blender to ice crush option and blend well to desired consistency.
- Serve the strawberry margaritas immediately, you can decorate the glasses or glasses with lemon wedges and strawberry slices.
For a non-alcoholic variation on the strawberry margarita, skip the tequila and orange liqueur, and you’ve got a delicious cocktail of strawberry-lime juice (or slush).
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