Mommy Perfect offers you the simplest and best Margarita recipe on the internet: Simply Perfect Margarita.
There’s no need to bore you with the history of the world’s most popular cocktail. You already know what it is, you already know that you want one, you just need the recipe… so here you are: Mommy Perfect’s Simply Perfect Margarita.
- 2 oz tequila
- 1 oz lime juice
- 1 orange juice
- 1 oz simple syrup*
- a few ice cubes
- kosher salt (optional)
- Combine ingredients (except salt) in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Or simply pour into a glass of ice and stir well.
- Spread a few tablespoons of kosher salt on a plate. Moisten the rim of your serving glass with lime juice or water. While holding the glass upside down, dip the rim in the salt.
- Strain the cocktail into the serving glass.
- Garnish with a slice of lime if you wish.
1 ounce = 2 tablespoons
As with all things, fresh juices will obviously taste better than pre-processed. If you have the time and energy (or you’re trying to impress your friends), feel free to buy fresh limes and oranges to juice them yourself. Since I rarely have either (time or energy) I find that the packaged juices do just fine for my Simply Perfect Margarita. I suggest the little lime-shaped juice bottle and any Minute Maid or similar orange juice from the supermarket.
Many “foody” Margarita recipes call for agave nectar, but having tested it I advise against using it. There is a distinct flavor to the agave nectar which I do not care for and I dare say that it ruins the drink. Imagine using brown sugar for example — yuck! I much prefer using simple syrup due to its neutral flavor. But don’t be scared off from making your own simple syrup — it takes less than 1 minute and is SO EASY!
Simple Syrup recipe: Simple syrup is just sugar and water in a 1:1 ratio. Boil some water, measure out 2 Tablespoons white sugar, add 2 Tablespoons boiling water, stir until dissolved, you’re done. You can make a cup at a time (1 cup sugar, 1 cup boiling water) or more using the same 1:1 ratio and save the rest for later in a mason jar, or just make the amount you need when you need it. For a “skinny” variation substitute granulated Splenda for sugar.
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It should go without saying that the better quality your tequila is, the better your Simply Perfect Margarita will taste, and the less severe your hangover will be tomorrow. I like Tres Generaciones Añejo tequila (Three Generations, aged 10 years) and find that it doesn’t make me ill like Cuervo or other wells. By all means experiment with brands and use what you prefer.