Everybody has their cocktail of choice. Some like it fruity, others bitter, and others full of fragrant herbs. This week, we were feeling inspired by one spirit in particular, so we asked our team:
What's your favorite tequila cocktail?
Most of us leaned towards the margarita (you can't go wrong with a classic), though everyone has their own preferences: salt rims, crushed ice, hits of spice. Read on for all our answers, plus a couple of handy formulas for tequila cocktails. And then share your favorite in the comments!
Bryce: Jalapeño margarita, hands down. I also make a mean crushed ice margarita in ye olde blender. I'm also a fan of sipping tequila.
Christina: I'll have what she's having.
Michael: I think margaritas are just about perfect, but I also like to use añejo tequilas in place of whiskey in classic drinks. Tequila old fashioned, baby.
Kenzi: I'm with Michael. I'll go margarita, with flaky salt on the rim.
Amanda Li: +1 for margaritas.
Jennifer: Kristen introduced me to an East Village Mexican restaurant called Mercadito. I love their traditional margarita with lime and orange which you can add smoke to. It has this underlying smokey finish -- it will blow your mind!
Gabriella: Margaritas, always. (All this talk about them makes me want one right now.)
Emma: Margarita. I'm sorry for not being creative, but it's the best. Chips and guacamole on the side, please.
Merrill: I'm hopping on Lauren's tequila mojito train...
Marian: I like spicy tequila cocktails; they make me feel brave.
Jason: +1 Bloody Maria!
Amanda: +1 for the Paloma!
Allison: I'm really into spicy tequila cocktails these days -- especially ones that include habanero and ginger beer and candied ginger.
Hannah: I’m not much of a drinker -- but I wouldn’t pass on Tequila Lime Flank Steak Fajita Salad with Chile Lime Vinaigrette.
Karl: Here's how to make any citrus tequila drink:
1 shot tequila
4 tablespoons citrus juice
1 shot of syrup (I've used simple syrup, maple syrup, hickory syrup, and honey diluted with hot water)
Salt the rim!
Michael: Getting even more abstract than Karl, the Margarita is an example of a New Orleans Sour (I think Gary "Gaz" Regan might have coined this term). Other members of this cocktail family are the Whiskey Sour, the Sidecar, and the Daiquiri. The standard ratios for any of these drinks is:
3 parts spirit
2 parts sour stuff
1 part sweet stuff
Margarita = tequila + lime + orange liqueur (salt rim)
Whiskey Sour = whiskey + lemon + simple syrup
Sidecar = cognac + lemon + orange liqueur (sugar rim)
Daiquiri = white rum + lime + simple syrup
??? = mezcal + verjus + honey syrup
You get the idea. But I digress...
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