30/30 list perfect margarita

August 6th, 2010

Woohoo! It’s that time of week again and I am so ready! Next week is market week which should be a blast. Thanks to everyone who’s shown interest! Remember to post photos to our flickr page.

Before we start market week, I have something to celebrate… I have perfected my margarita, which was one of my to-dos on my 30/30 list. I’ve posted a few margaritas before, but I have a dirty little secret to admit. Ok, it’s not super dirty so don’t get all excited, but up until now I’ve been using Triple Sec instead of Cointreau. You hard-core cocktail folks are probably cringing, but it was cheaper and I thought it was the same. My biggest revelation: it’s not the same. Cointreau has a much more flavorful citrus taste and really is a key component to a good margarita. After trying different proportions, I’ve concluded that the recipe below is my perfect margarita. It’s hard work, but someone’s got to do it.

Cheers! Have a great weekend!

Perfect Margarita

from Dale Degroff
1 1/2 oz 100% agave tequila
1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
1/2 oz Cointreau
1/4 oz agave syrup
kosher salt
lime wedge to garnish
1. Place a tablespoon or two of salt on a plate. Rub the lip of your glass with a lime and dip in the salt.

2. Add ice to glass and set aside.

3. Combine tequila, lime juice, agave, ice and Cointreau in a separate glass and give it a good shake. Pour over ice and say cheers!


Comments: 6 Total

  1. Rachel

    August 6, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Ooh, I love margaritas with agave instead of sugar. You don’t feel so bad the next day.

  2. Kate

    August 6, 2010 at 9:51 am

    We’ve been making margaritas a lot lately, and I always buy triple sec, too! It’s so much cheaper and I didn’t really know the difference until recently. But it comes in such a giant bottle I’m going to use it up before I spring for the Cointreau. I’ll have to try agave in mine though…

  3. Nancy Patterson

    August 16, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Delicious! We tried these this weekend and I am so glad to have a good margarita recipe! Thanks for doing all the leg-work to discover this. I love your 30/30 list. It’s inspiring me to come up with one, too.

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