We get it. You’re ready to leave the Margarita where your 21-year-old self left it – on a sticky ping pong table, or blurry, sandy beach somewhere in Cancun’s hotel zone. Who hasn’t had a bad experience with tequila, areweright? But that’s no reason to write it off altogether, forever ever.
To reignite our communal love of Margs, we decided to take a closer – ie: sober – look at why so many of us lost interest in the sassy señorita in the first place. And we’ve narrowed it down to two reasons one might come to have a distaste for tequila: too much, and too cheap.
the all-inclusive resort.Love ‘em or loathe ‘em, these places favour quantity over quality on everything from the drinks, to the food, to the silver jewelry sold on the beach. The cocktails look festive, but don’t taste that great, but it doesn’t matter much, because after one sip you’re already thinking about the next one, or more likely, not thinking at all.
Abundant, fluorescent, syrupy, slushy, and overflowing with cheap tequila that’s hauled in by the barrel – these places are neither the time nor the place to judge a cocktail.
Speaking of cheap tequila,
our second reason why Margs have gone by the wayside: cheap tequila. Look, no judgement. If you like cringing and gagging, are after a Fear Factor-style experience, or are a bit of a masochist, do it up. You’ll save a few bucks and then you’re free to spend those few bucks on PVC clothing or whips or whatever your little black heart desires.
But if you want to enjoy a tequila cocktail, such as the lovely Margarita, repeat after us: no way José. That’s right, steer clear of anything you recognize from your party days. That doesn’t mean you have to go broke on Patron, you’ve just got to put in a little work. Don’t worry, it’s the fun kind.
See, tequila actually has flavour. (What the what?) Yep. And there are tequilas out there you’ll actually want to taste. It’s quite the concept. We’re talking golden reposados, and aged, smokey anejos. It’ll take a little while to figure it out – and a little longer to mourn your years spent throwing back rubbing alcohol – but it’s very worth it. Try starting with reposado and then broadening your horizons.
On the topic of cheap,
let’s talk Margarita mix. Now, we’re pretty sure this crap was invented by some genius who wanted to bring the all-inclusive experience home with him. You know the stuff. And they’re not always cheap, but what’s in them definitely is: sugar and food colouring for the most part. You're better than that - and so is Margarita.
Here's an idea: use real limes. Juice ‘em, add a bit of water or soda, and boom. Legit lime juice. If you like things on the sweet side, add in some agave syrup and you’re golden.
Finally, the salt. It’s not just some bar ritual made up to make ladies lick themselves in public.
Salt cuts the bitterness of alcohol, making a shot of (even the worst) tequila, or meh cocktail, drinkable-ish. But here’s the thing: don’t use table salt. Just don’t. Don’t.
Good quality salts aren’t fancy or excessive, they’re just good sense when drinking tequila – which, let’s be honest, all drinking could use more of. Not only will they cut the bitterness, salt on a Margarita, for example, enhances the citrus notes and intensifies all those sour and sweet flavours.
It’s a beautiful, and damn tasty, thing. Once you’ve nailed a simpler salt you can get even more adventurous with flavoured salts, or sweeten things up with a sugar rimmer. The world is your bar cart.
Last but not least:
keep your pants on, Sippy Minaj. At least until you want to take them off. Tequila runs at about 40% alcohol – and doesn’t mean degenerate in Spanish – so pace yourself and keep it classy.
Try out our margarita salt rimmers today and reunite with your love for Margarita!