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Margarita Musings

Updated: May 8, 2018

My favorite time of the week, is when my wife arrives home on a Friday evening and we get to kick off the weekend with a celebratory margarita. Here are my hard-and-fast rules:

  1. No mixto!

  2. Agave nectar before Triple Sec or Cointreau, and

  3. Fresh limes.

Other than these rules, I’m flexible. I may add fresh squeezed orange juice, grapefruit, or a little cranberry to the lime. If it’s hot and you need a lighter more refreshing margarita, I add La Croix Lime Sparkling Water after I have shaken the tequila, fresh lime, and agave nectar together. I like to use a decent reposado in my margs, but often use blanco/silver. For those in the U.S., Costco has 1.75-litre bottles of 100% Blue Agave Blanco that retails for around $25, which is hard to beat as a base for bulk margaritas.

The Foudational Margarita Mix:

  • 1.5 oz of blanco or reposado tequila

  • 1.0 oz of fresh lime juice (mix with a little fresh orange juice for smoothness)

  • 1.0 oz of agave nectar (mix with triple sec or Cointreau if you desire).

If it’s summer and you want to lighten the drink, put it in a taller glass and add (more tequila) La Croix Lime Sparkling Water. You’ll never go back to those nasty mixto based margaritas that drown out the natural flavors of the Agave with Triple Sec, Cointreau, and sugar-filled mixes – often the staple of many bartenders.

If you would like inspiration for tequila based cocktails, then check out Patron Tequila, you might have to go through the age check on the home page first, and click on the Cocktail Lab. There you’ll find a cocktail for any taste and occasion.

La Croix and Organic Blue Agave

Recommended Tools: Lime squeezer, cocktail shaker

Agave Nectar: Agave nectar is quite easy to find now, most local grocery and health food stores carry it. Some brands are certified organic, and some brands offer a light, medium, dark, and extra dark profile, which provide different levels of richness and flavor. Flavored nectars are available and can put a whole new twist on your cocktails. Agave Nectar is around 30% sweeter than sugar, has fewer calories, and is lower on the Glycemic Index, and because it’s made from agave, it perfectly compliments in Tequila-based cocktails.


Selecting the Limes: Ripe, thin-skinned limes work best when squeezing into a margarita, and depending on how tart and sweet your limes are, you may need to adjust the measurement of Agave Nectar to find that perfect balance. Sample before you pour.

Enjoy Responsibly! If you wish to be irresponsible, drink mixto.

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