Silvery summer sipping!

Hot weather calls for crud-cutting refreshment. Icy, sharp, bracing, a little bit breathtaking. And that, friends, is a Margarita!

Here are a few things a Margarita is NOT. A Margarita is not something made with a mix from the grocery store. And it is not something that comes out of a blender or an icee machine.

This is what a Margarita IS: a simple mixture of tequila, triple sec and lime. The rusty, earthy flavor of the tequila and the sour lime are perfectly balanced by the sweet triple sec. It's a gorgeous concoction. Easy to mix, lovely to look at, and delicious to drink. Totally perfect for the steamy weather that has engulfed us.


  • Two parts tequila
  • One part triple sec
  • One part lime juice (and you already know it has to be fresh-squeezed)

Combine the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake until freezing cold. Then you can serve it straight up, as above, or on the rocks. Either is perfectly acceptable. 

You can also salt the rim if you want, but we rarely bother.

A word about tequila: There are about a million tequilas out there, ranging from pretty cheap to absurdly pricey. In many cases price has little to do with flavor and drinkability, but with tequila it does. The cheap stuff can be pretty rough. But there's also no reason to put high-end tequila in a cocktail. Save that stuff for sipping neat, and go with a moderately priced silver.