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Mixology

 

Margarita

It’s a simple thing — limes, liquor, and salt. Yet, the margarita has the power to turn a stuffy evening into a party! But for such a bar basic, there is endless debate over what makes a good one. Ask any bartender, and they’ll deliver an boring monologue on the margarita, but the biggest thing you need to know is use good ingredients and don’t scrimp on the tequila.

Tip #1: Always use fresh lime juice. ALWAYS. If you’re making a party-sized portion, a simple citrus press (under $10 at any kitchen or home store) will save you a lot of time (and hand-strain).

Tip #2: Instead of a generic Triple Sec, invest in a quality liqueur (like Cointreau or Combier). Even a smaller bottle will last you a while, since this element is used in small portions.

Tip #3: As for tequila, you don’t need to go fancy, but 100% Agave Blanco Tequila is mandatory. There are a million reasons why this is true, but you have a drink to make, so just trust us on this one.

Tip #4: To salt or not to salt is entirely up to you — it’s an option, not the rule. Don’t let the salt/no-salt bullies tell you otherwise!

 

The Perfect Margarita
Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. 2 oz Tequila
  2. 1 oz fresh lime
  3. 3/4 oz Triple Sec
  4. 1 tsp simple syrup (1:1 sugar to water)
Instructions
  1. If you're salting the rims, pour lime juice (bottled actually works well here!) onto one small plate, and fill another one with kosher salt. Dip the top of each glass into the juice and then into the salt. (Note: this won't work with water, you need the stickiness of juice to hold the salt.)
  2. Shake up all ingredients in a shaker with ice, then strain into glasses over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wedge, and serve.
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Cosmo
Serves 1
Not too sweet or too tart, this cosmopolitan cocktail recipe is perfect to serve one or many. Look for unflavored or citrus flavored vodka in this. If you can, since there is quite a lot of vodka in the recipe, choose vodka that is medium priced or that’s even top-shelf. Sure, it may look like an unnecessary garnish, but if you do it right, it’s adds a little sweetness and as you go into to take a sip of the cosmopolitan cocktail, you’ll get orange essence, which hides the strength and scent of the vodka. When you add the orange peel, peel it over the drink. This way, any oils that spray out from the orange, fall into the drink. Rubbing the edges of the glass doesn’t hurt either.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 ounces (1/4 cup) vodka
  2. 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) triple sec
  3. 3/4 ounce (1 tablespoon + 1 1/2 teaspoons) cranberry juice
  4. 1/4 to 1/2 ounce (1 1/2 teaspoons to 3 teaspoons) fresh lime juice
  5. 1 2-inch orange peel/twist
  6. ice
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Gin and Tonic
Serves 1
Classic, easy and light and perfect for a summer afternoon. The best Gin and Tonics are made with the best gins, especially those with a slight citrus flavor and a great blend of botanicals. Bombay Sapphire and Tanqueray Rangpur are two of my favorites and if you like this recipe but are not a gin fan, you might want to try Vodka Tonic. Another simple variation adds orange juice:
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Ingredients
  1. 2 ounces gin
  2. Tonic water
  3. Lime wedge for garnish
Instructions
  1. Pour the ingredients in a highball glass with ice cubes. Stir well. Garnish with the lime wedge.
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Mojito
Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. 3 fresh mint sprigs
  2. 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  3. 1 ounce Simple Syrup
  4. 2 ounces white rum
  5. Ice
  6. 1 1/2 ounces club soda, chilled
Instructions
  1. Place 2 of the mint sprigs, the lime juice, and the simple syrup in a cocktail shaker and press gently against the mint with the back of a spoon to release the oils.
  2. Add the rum and a handful of ice and shake vigorously until the mixture is well chilled, about 20 seconds. Fill a 10-ounce glass with ice and strain the drink into the glass. Top with club soda and garnish with the remaining mint sprig.
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