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Sunday
Dec052010

The Ace's Perfect Margarita

Perfect MargaritaMixologists don't really mess with margaritas - and with good reason.  Most of the world makes a margarita by dumping tequila into the blender with ice and some unholy pre-made margarita mix.   

This post makes the case that a margarita can be fresh AND tasty AND interesting.  I want to take the margarita back as the classic backyard party cocktail that it is.  What could be better on a warm sunny day than some lime, orange and sugar with a dollop of smoky tequila?   The margarita may never be considered a 'classic', but it can certainly help folks enjoy themselves - which is what The Ace is all about.  

 

Perfect Margarita (part of the 10-Bottle Bar)

1 1/2 oz. reposado tequila (I prefer Herradura but choose your favorite)
1 oz. orange curacao (I use Combier)
3/4 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice
1/4 to 1/2 oz. agave nectar - to taste

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake for 10 seconds.  Pour the entire mixture (including ice) into a double-highball glass, drop one of the spent lime halves into the glass and serve.

Beachfire MargaritaI like the aged smokiness flavoring of the reposado tequila, so the Beachfire Margarita recipe from Scott Beattie's Artisanal Cocktails book really spoke to me.  FYI - mezcal is a derivative of tequila that is made by roasting the pina of the agave over an open fire for as much as three days to give the spirit a super smoky flavoring.  

My family found Scott's original recipe a tad bit overpowering, so this version tones down the mezcal proportions and ratchets up the agave nectar a tad to offset the smoke flavoring.  

 

 

Beachfire Margarita
Adapted from Scott Beattie's Artisanal Cocktails 

1 oz. tequila blanco
1/2 oz. mezcal
1 oz. orange curacao (I still prefer Combier)
3/4 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice
3/4 oz. agave nectar 

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake for 10 seconds.  Pour the entire mixture (including ice) into a double-highball glass, drop one of the spent lime halves into the glass and serve.

 

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