The first sip of a deliciously made margarita can be the perfect end to a long day... or the beginning of fun night out! As a Mexican restaurant, we know a thing or two about making a great margarita, and we love when you stop by the Cantina to enjoy one from our menu. But what if you want to whip up some margaritas at home for a change? With a few tips from our pros at Papa Lopez, you can make an amazing margarita all on your own.
Start with the Basics
First thing's first, you need to master the basics. The best place to start is with the 3:2:1 ratio — three parts tequila, two parts triple sec, one part lime juice. This foundation will produce a great tasting margarita, but don't feel like you can't experiment with it a little bit. Consult your inner mixologist and dive into the world of flavors and ratios until you find the recipe that suits your taste. Consider it a margarita adventure!
Fool-Proof Margarita Recipes
Now that you have a little knowledge to get you started, it's time to bring out the blender. Here are some fool-proof margarita recipes catered to taste preference.
The All-Natural Tequila Lover:
This one is ideal for the drinker who likes their tequila to be at the center of any cocktail. Use this recipe to avoid a sugary mess. Simply mix 1 1/2 ounces of tequila with 2 teaspoons of Agave Nectar. Stir in 1 ounce of lime juice and serve over fresh ice. The result is a clean margarita that pairs well with your favorite Tex-Mex dishes.
The Sweet Tooth:
Try this one for if you want a margarita with more of a sweet taste. You can easily adjust your cocktail to your own personal taste. Start with your favorite margarita recipe (any will work) and then add between 1/4 to 1/2 parts of a simple syrup. Create a simple syrup by mixing two parts sugar with one part water.
Salty Lover's Special:
Adding salt to any drink is an ideal way to help bring out the margarita's other flavors and make it even tastier. For a salty margarita, pick out the kind of salt that you like and place it in the bottom of the glass and along the rim. That way you can get a bit of salt with each sip. Again, you can use any margarita recipe for this.
The Fluorescent Queen:
Add a bit of color to your margarita. Make the fluorescent queen margarita with a teaspoon of salt, 4 ounces of tequila, 2 ounces of triple sec, 2 ounces of your own lime juice, 2 ounces of bright blue Curacao liqueur and 2 teaspoons of superfine sugar. Mix together for a special, and very bright, drink.
If you prefer something a little fruitier, try making your own strawberry margarita. Blend eight to 10 good quality hulled strawberries, at least 4 ounces of tequila, 1 1/2 ounces fresh lime juice, and an additional 1 1/2 ounces triple sec. Add fresh strawberries and salt for garnish.
No matter what type of margarita you're making, it's important to keep the following tips in mind:
1. Always use fresh lime juice. It matters, trust us. If you're going to be making a large number of margaritas for a party, it's worth investing in a citrus press, which you can find at any kitchen or home store.
2. Salt/sugar your rim the right way. To salt or sugar the rim of the glass, pour lime juice and salt/sugar onto separate plates. Flip your glass upside down and dip the rim in the juice, then twist it into the salt on the next plate.
3. Don't forget the garnish. You don't have to do anything fancy for your garnish, a simple lime wedge will do. Just make sure you have something there.
4. Use quality tequila. It's easy to tell when a margarita is made will low-level tequila. When you're shopping for tequila, look for "100 percent agave" on the bottle. If it doesn't have this label on it, keeping looking.
Remember, if this seems like a lot of work to do on your own, Papa Lopez Mexican Cantina isn't far away. Our margaritas are always made with high-quality ingredients, and you'll find a variety of flavors to choose from. Stop by the restaurant to enjoy a tasty margarita during our happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, or anytime you're in the mood.