And, in Rick's words, "Just remember: They're strong."
Here's what you start with. A good tequila, Cointreau (or other orange liqueur), fresh limes, a little sugar, and optional salt for rimming your glass. Oh yes, and ice.
Allow me to say a little something about the tequila you select. Make sure it is 100% Agave. I can't tell you how many years it took for me to realize that the reason I had headaches after drinking tequila was because the cheapos I always used were half grain alcohol. Select a nice quality tequila to keep in your liquor cabinet.
Prepare your glass if you like it rimmed with salt. It's also nice to start out with a chilled glass. Use a 6 ounce martini glass or if you have some of those cute cactus glasses those are fun too. Run a slice of lime around the rim of the glass.
Dip the rim in salt.
Put ice, tequila-Cointreau-lime juice mixture and sugar i(if needed) in a cocktail shaker. Put lid on and shake away.
Pour into your prepared glass and enjoy! Sister Mary Margarita these are good!
From Rick Bayless' Mexican Kitchen
Makes 4 generous drinks
1 cup tequila
1/2 cup Cointreau or other orange liqueur
1/3 cup fresh squeezed lime juice, plus a wedge for moistening the rims of glasses
A little sugar if necessary
1/3 cup coarse (kosher) salt for crushing the rims of the glasses
About 3 cups medium ice cubes
Mise en place:
- measure out tequila and Cointreau
- squeeze juice from fresh limes
- spread salt onto a plate that is large enough to accommodate the rim of your glass
- have some sugar on hand in case you would like to sweeten your drink
- measure out ice cubes then set in freezer
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's been shaken).
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 crust 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.
I'm sharing this recipe at IHCC