We pay homage and respect to one of the hardest working cocktails of modern times. This cocktail not only comes to the fork in the road of the classic on-the-rocks, and frozen, but has launched hundreds of ingredient variations. This Monday, February 22, 2016 we enjoy National Margarita Day.
The margarita’s building blocks begin tequila, and the best selling ultra-premium tequila in the United States is Patrón of the Patrón Spirits Company. Because of its popularity Patrón is one of the most ubiquitous tequilas in bars and liquor stores all over the country. A full flavored tequila, Patrón is perfect for margaritas. Patrón Silver is made from 100% Weber blue agave distilled in Jalisco, Mexico. Patrón is 40 percent alcohol by volume (80 proof), and sells for around $40 for 750/ml
Tequila comes in four basic categories: Gold, Silver, Reposado and Añejo. Gold and Silver tequilas are perfect for your margarita recipes, while Reposado and Añejo are best for sipping neat.
1. Gold Tequila
Most gold tequilas get their color from the caramel coloring added to the tequila before fermentation. Brands not labeled as 100% agave have added coloring and sugar to attain the gold color. Gold tequilas are not typically aged, and usually contain only about 51% agave tequila
2. Silver Tequila
Silver tequila, or blanco, is seldom aged more than a few weeks, making it the purest form of tequila.
Reposado tequilas rest anywhere from two months to a year before they are bottled. Reposados take on the gold hue from the barrels in which they are aged. They are typically aged in oak or white oak barrels, and the type of barrel changes the flavor of each distillery’s tequila.
Añejo tequilas are aged from one to three years, and are the best type of tequila for sipping because of their smoother flavor. Añejo means “vintage”, and they are darker than reposado tequilas.
While convenient, store bought sweet and sour mixes contain ingredients like High fructose corn syrup, sodium benzoate and polysorbate 60. Making your own mix is easy and gives you a better quality and cocktail.
Homemade sweet and sour mix:
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
- Heat water and sugar in a small sauce pan until completely dissolved and the water is clear.
- Let cool.
- Mix in Lime juice and cool for at least two hours.
- 1 1/2 oz Patrón Silver Tequila
- 1/2 oz Triple sec
- 1 oz Sweet and Sour Mix
Rub rim of cocktail glass with lime juice, dip rim in salt. Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into the salt-rimmed glass, and serve.
- 2 tsp Salt
- 1 Lime wedge
- 3 oz Patrón Silver Tequila
- 1 oz Triple sec
- 2 oz Sweet and Sour Mix
- 1 ½ cups crushed Ice
Place salt in a saucer. Rub rim of a cocktail glass with lime wedge and dip glass into salt to coat rim thoroughly, reserve lime. Pour tequila, triple sec, Sweet and Sour Mix, and crushed ice into a blender. Blend well at high speed. Pour into a cocktail glass.
- 1 1/2 oz Patrón Tequila
- 1/2 oz Triple sec
- 1/2 oz Chambord raspberry liqueur
- 4 oz Sweet and Sour Mix
Fill glass with ice. Add with Tequila, Triple Sec, and Chambord. Then add sweet and sour mix. Shake. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve.
Enjoy these margarita recipes for National Margarita Day!