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The Empirical Margarita

Posted by Mark Angelillo, May 27, 2008.

I spent a bit of time this weekend working on my Margarita. I thought I'd post my findings here based on the recipes I tried.

The preparation for all of these was the same. Coat the rim of a rocks glass with salt, shake all ingredients with ice and pour into the glass.

M1:
- Ingredients:
1 oz lime juice
1.5 oz Jose Cuervo
Splash Cointreau
Splash Rose's lime juice

- Tasting Notes:
It's too sweet, probably because of the Rose's. The tequila is pretty noticeable. After the ice melted it is much more palatable. Try adding a bit of water or beer.

M2: (Ran out of Cointreau)
- Ingredients:
1 oz lime juice
1 oz Jose Cuervo
1 oz beer (Sol, in this case)
Splash Triple Sec
1/2 tsp sugar

- Tasting Notes:
I still taste the tequila pretty strongly. The beer adds an interesting dimension to it but I think either that I used too much or I used the wrong beer. The drink wants to be more of a tart experience and I think that's what the beer is hoping to accomplish but the Mexican style beer is just a tad sweet so overall the sugar is again overpowering. Try less sugar, less beer.

M3:
- Ingredients:
1 oz lime juice
1 oz Jose Cuervo
1 oz beer (Sol)
Splash Triple Sec
Splash still water
Pinch sugar

- Tasting Notes:
Not much difference from the previous recipe except for being more complicated (bad). I think this is well off track from what it needs to be. Remove sugar and beer entirely. Also, the Cuervo is not really cutting it -- the kick is too harsh and impure and it removes the pleasure from the experience.

At this point I went out to the liquor store and stocked up. I picked up some 1800 reposado tequila and more Cointreau. Reposado means that the tequila has "rested for a short while"... It saw some oak which means that the kick I noticed in the Jose Cuervo Gold would be mellowed out, exactly what I was looking for.

M4:
- Ingredients:
1 oz lime juice
1 oz 1800 Reposado Tequila
Splash Cointreau
Splash still water

- Tasting Notes:
That's it -- the reposado tequila removed the harshness from the other recipes and at the same time the still water was able to smooth the drink faster than melting ice would have. It's still quite tart but refreshing at the same time, easy to drink and the tequila is noticeable only in a pleasant way.


The experimentation with sugar ended up being a flop, although I did also hear that a drop of orange juice could be used -- it didn't make much of a difference when I tried it as I think it's very similar to the Cointreau's role. I'd like to try with a different beer, maybe something that's more acidic but still light... maybe even an American Lager wouldn't be a bad choice as it doesn't have the hint of sweetness that the lighter Mexican beers tend to carry. My goal was to make a classic Margarita on the rocks with salt using ingredients that everyone would have... I was disappointed that the Cuervo Gold wasn't working out, but as the 1800 is only a few dollars extra (3-5) and was such a huge improvement I would suggest going that route. I don't think the Cointreau/Triple Sec thing would make as much of a difference.

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