Classic Shaken Margarita

This is my favorite margarita-strong, tangy and icy but not frozen.

Any good quality tequila will allow for a great tasting margarita but, if you can take a bit of a splurge, then take the leap and purchase a 100 percent agave tequila, it really makes this cocktail shine and is worth the investment.

Classic Shaken Margarita
Makes 4 generous cocktails
Recipe from: Rick Bayless

Ingredients:
1 cup tequila, preferably a young silver or reposado 100 percent agave tequila
1/2 cup Cointreau or other high quality orange liqueur
1/3 cup fresh lime juice, plus a little extra for moistening the rim of the glasses
A little sugar if necessary
About 1/3 cup coarse (kosher) salt for crusting the rims of the glasses
About 3 cups medium ice cubes
Directions:
In a small pitcher, combine the tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice.  Taste and add more lime or a touch of sugar if desired (keep in mind that it will taste a little tangier once it has been shaken).
Spread out the salt on a small plate.  Moisten the rims of four 6-ounce martini glasses with a little lime juice (if you have a cut lime, even an already squeezed one, just moisten the rims by running it around them).  Dip the rim of each glass in the salt, creating a thin, even crusted all around the rim.
Pour half of the margarita mixture into a cocktail shaker, add half of the ice cubes and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds (this is important to achieve the perfect strength-some of the ice needs to melt into the margarita-and the right degree of frostiness).  Strain into two of the prepared glasses, then repeat with the remaining margarita mixture.  
Relax and enjoy!

50 thoughts on “Classic Shaken Margarita

  1. Isn't it nice when we actually have all the ingredients on hand to be able to please and re-fresh ourselves with very tasty cocktail!Very nice blend ;0)Thanks for sharing and flavourful wishes, Claudia

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  2. Beautiful margarita! Love the blue tequilla bottle. Your rosemary looks beautiful. I am still waiting for mine to grow this year. We've had a lot of rain and it seems to thrive in warm and dry.

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  3. I love it when you make cocktails! They always looks so pretty and inviting 😉 I definitely love a great margarita and need to get some good tequilla.

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  4. Mmmm…sounds perfect! Top shelf shaken Margarita! I always like mine shaken, not frozen and with salt! I haven't tried the agave tequila yet, I'll put that on my list!

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  5. Your photo is very suggestive and I am feeling the urge for a maragarita right about now; thanks for the tip on the 100% agave ones, as I usually buy the cheaper bottle thinking (wrongly) that we won't notice the difference!

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  6. Thanks so much for dropping by my blog!I discovered a lonely bottle of Cointreau in my cabinet this weekend and you and I must be on the same wavelength because I kept thinking about how a nice cold margarita would be perfect with it. Alas, I had no tequila. You are reminding me how I should remedy that. While I'm at it, I should get some limes and cranberry juice for some rockin' cosmos!

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  7. Velva I just love you and your devotion to cocktails. I honestly love that cocktail culture is coming back. You can literally feel (and hear) the difference when you make a special drink for company versus just serving the typical wine and beer. Keep 'em coming! This one has my name on it.

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  8. It's Friday and it's cocktail time! woo hoo! I never got into the classic way of making margaritas but always did it with home made sour mash. Perhaps it was because Cointreau is $35 and triple sec is $10?! Enjoy Mami!

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  9. This is perfect! I just made watermelon margs today and I was debating over the tequilla. I am going to have to go out and buy this. Good tequilla makes all the difference. I hope to post mine on Sunday, they were really tasty! Thanks for the recipe!

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  10. That sounds a lot like my husband's excellent margarita: quality tequila, orange liquor, and definitely no pre-made mixes. Cheers!(By the way, I just posted his mojito recipe on Outside Oslo, if you're interested in another summery drink. It's my favorite mojito.)

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