Happy National Margarita Day!

Pure Mexican Margarita

I’m calling this the “Pure Mexican” Margarita since it was made with pure lime juice, 100% agave tequila, and agave nectar.

For National Margarita Day, I decided to try making my own Margarita. I wanted to try to find the simplest recipe possible in order to make the most unadulterated version I could. I happened to stumble upon a recipe on a Yahoo Answers forum that seemed good to me so I decided to give it a try. The first thing I had to do was buy some tequila. This is when I discovered that the local grocery stores in my area don’t have a lot of good tequila choices. I finally settled on a bottle of Cazadores Blanco and went home where I already had some limes and agave nectar waiting for me.

The recipe I found was posted by someone calling themselves whiskeyman510. It is amazingly simple and amazingly good. I shouldn’t be surprised, as my wife and I have discovered that some of the best food we eat is made from simple, fresh ingredients. The recipe is as follows:

  1. Add 2 oz of tequila (one shot glass) to a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Juice 1 lime into the shaker
  3. Add 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  4. Add 2 oz water
  5. Shake and serve over ice.

The Margarita I made from this recipe was very flavorful, with just the right balance of citrus and sweet flavors. The tequila was nice and smooth and gave just the right amount of kick without overpowering or having a bitter finish. One thing to note is that I have a reverse osmosis water system with an alkaline post-filter so the water I used was purified and remineralized. Using tap water may alter the taste, so YMMV. I’ll need to try this recipe a few more times to be sure of how good it was, but the Margarita was easy to drink and I had a few too many that day! I give it an 8.5 for now, but that rating may increase to a 9 in short order.

Whiskeyman510 pointed out that the recipe didn’t call for Triple Sec, Cointreau or Grand Marnier because those are French liquors, not Mexican. Good point I thought. Given the fact that Mexico is the world’s largest producer of limes plus tequila and agave nectar are both made from the agave plant, I have decided to call this Margarita the “Pure Mexican”. Give this recipe a try and you won’t be disappointed!

limes, tequila, Gran Marnier

The aftermath of National Margarita Day