Monday, February 22, 2016 is National Margarita Day. I am giving you a full week to prepare.
In my neck of the woods, where the handlebar mustaches are still in season and a full beard is properly oiled and trimmed, mezcal is the next big thing.
It’s not National Mezcal Day, though (which is October 21st, so proclaimed by a Tennessee country singer named Toby Keith in a bit of shameless self-promotion for his new branded mezcal. Because as we all know, there is a ton of mezcal in Tennessee. #ThatsAboutTenTonsOfBullshit).
To set the record straight, every tequila is mezcal, but every mezcal isn’t tequila. Tequila is made from one plant only (blue agave), whilst mezcal can be a delicious blend of 30 different plants.
Let’s be honest, though. Unless you are still in college and paying for booze with student loans, it’s time to grow up and drink better than that. Sure, you can make margarita with some sour mix and rail tequila, but as a thinking, rational adult, why the hell would you?
Do not fuck around.
Fresh lime, Cointreau (orange liqueur), and high-quality tequila.
That’s it. Three ingredients, so they all have to be spot-on.
But not precious. It is, after all, a margarita.
And for fuck’s sake, please don’t drink it frozen. It’s not a goddamn Slurpee.
You get a free pass if you are on an island, in a swim-up bar, or that’s what someone makes at a party and puts in your hand. #BeGraciousSayThankYou
It is this blog’s not so measured opinion that margaritas should be consumed on the rocks with a heavy salt rim, no straw.
Give it a try. You have your assignment.
The Only Margarita Recipe You Need #Trust
2 oz. high quality tequila (if you wouldn’t sip it neat, don’t use it)
1 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. fresh lime juice (back away from the plastic fucking lime. Jesus.)
Coarse salt, lime wedge
Rub the rim of a rocks glass with a lime wedge. Dip rim in coarse salt. Fill glass with fresh ice. Set aside.
Throw all liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake until it is icy cold and frothy as hell.
Strain over ice. Serve with a lime wedge.