Make Yourself a Classic Margarita...or One of 5 Other Recipes

Clair McLafferty, The Classic & Craft Cocktail Recipe Book

Classic Margarita

Items needed: rocks glass (rimmed with coarse salt), jigger, shaker, Hawthorne strainer

2 ounces silver tequila

1 ounce Cointreau

1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice

Shake all ingredients with cracked ice, strain into a chilled rocks glass with a coarse salt rim over ice.

 Flavored Margarita

Substitute ½ ounce flavored liqueur for ½ ounce Cointreau

Grapefruit Margarita

Add ½ ounce grapefruit juice

 

Making margaritas with infused tequilas

Jalapeño Margarita

Use Jalapeño Tequila

Items needed: knife, sealable large glass jar, cheesecloth or coffee filter, funnel

1-1/2 to 3 fresh jalapeños

1 750-ml midgrade tequila                   

Thinly slice the jalapeños. For milder heat, discard the seeds. Put both the slices and seeds, if using, into a sealable large glass jar. Pour in the tequila. Seal and shake. Let sit a few hours and taste. For more spice, let sit overnight. When it is adequately spicy, strain out the solids using cheesecloth or coffee filter, funnel into its original bottle, and label.

Strawberry Margarita

Use Strawberry Tequila

Items needed: knife, sealable large glass jar, cheesecloth or coffee filter, funnel

1 pound strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced

1 750-ml midgrade tequila

Put the strawberry slices into a sealable large glass jar and pour in the tequila. Seal and shake gently. Let sit at room temperature for 2 to 7 days, tasting often. If it steeps for more than two weeks, the strawberry taste may become perfumy. Strain through cheesecloth or coffee filter, funnel into its original bottle, and label.

Watermelon Margarita

Use Watermelon Tequila

Items needed: knife, sealable large glass jar, cheesecloth or coffee filter, funnel

1 small, seedless watermelon (about 2 pounds of 1 inch cubes

1 750-ml midgrade tequila

Put the watermelon into a sealable large glass jar.  Pour in the tequila, seal the jar and shake gently. Let sit at room temperature for at least 48 hours, and then taste frequently until it has the perfect amount of watermelon flavor. Strain through cheesecloth or coffee filter, funnel into its original bottle, and label. If you so wish, set watermelon cubes aside in an airtight container to use in frozen margarita.

More cocktail recipes in The Classic & Craft Cocktail Recipe Book (available in bookstores and online).