7 Tips To Freshen Up Your Classic Margarita

By: Shireen Jamooji

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Margaritas have been the go-to party drink for decades and for good reason. The combination of tequila, orange liqueur and fresh lime juice in a 3:2:1 ratio is perfection in itself, which stands testament to the brilliance of a well-crafted cocktail. However, for those who relish the art of mixology, the Margarita serves as a canvas waiting to be adorned with delightful nuances. Whether you’re looking to infuse a whole new identity into your cocktail or just make some tweaks for a fresh experience, here are some tips that can take your margarita from zero to hero.

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Aged Tequila Elegance

While blanco tequila traditionally takes centre stage in Margaritas, consider embracing the nuanced charm of aged tequila, particularly reposado. A tequila such as Don Julio Reposado adds a layer of sophistication with its softer profile, complemented by subtle notes of oak and toasted richness. The result is a Margarita that maintains the tequila bite while offering a more complex flavour experience.

Infused Margarita

No matter which type of tequila you use, you can bump up the flavour by infusing the alcohol before using it in your cocktail. Just add a few cups of tequila in a mason jar and add sliced pieces of whichever fruit, herb or vegetable you’d like to infuse the tequila with. Anything from strawberries, jalapenos, pineapple and coriander are up for grabs, but you’re truly only limited by your imagination. Let the tequila infuse for four to seven days, giving the jar a shake once a day. Then, strain and mix the tequila into a margarita as usual. 

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Rethink Your Salt

Margaritas are famous for their salt rim, but it’s more than just an accessory, it’s an opportunity. Transform the familiar salt rim into a journey of sensory delight by opting for smoked salt or infused salt. The marriage of smokiness or a hint of spice with the classic salinity enhances each sip, providing a refreshing departure from the conventional Margarita experience.

Fruitful Delights

Elevate your Margarita with the vibrant freshness of fruits. Before shaking your cocktail, introduce a few pieces of your favourite fruit to the shaker, gently muddling to release their juices. Strawberries, watermelon chunks, mango, or passion fruit can add a sweet or tropical flair, transforming your Margarita into a fruity symphony.

Spicy Infusions

For those with a penchant for heat, infuse your tequila with jalapeños, cayenne peppers, or Thai chillies. Alternatively, slice the peppers, discard most seeds, and muddle them in the shaker before concocting your Margarita. The result is a spicy kick that complements the drink's inherent boldness.

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Herb Help

Herbs are a staple in many classic cocktails and for a good reason.  Mint, basil, thyme, and rosemary seamlessly enhance both classic and fruit-flavoured Margaritas. To incorporate these aromatic herbs, you have two delightful options: muddle the leaves at the base of your glass before crafting your Margarita for a more robust infusion or elegantly float a few leaves in your drink to impart a subtler, nuanced flavour. If you find yourself entertaining a gathering, master the art of crafting a pitcher of Margaritas with ease.

Slushy Party

Take your Margarita to new heights by crafting a refreshing slushy version. Utilise a blender to combine the classic ingredients with your chosen fruits, peppers, or herbs. Add half a cup of ice, pulse until smooth, and enjoy a frozen Margarita that's perfect for sipping poolside with friends. Consider scaling up the recipe to create a pitcher of these icy delights for a shared indulgence.

These seven adaptations offer a delightful spectrum of flavours, ensuring that each sip is a unique and memorable experience.