Tips to Order A Margarita Like a Pro
Margarita Michelle is a nick name that was bestowed upon me at the tender age of 26 for my love of tequila, margaritas, and more specifically for the amazing composure I tend to have after a couple of my favorite cocktails;) It was all in the name of research my friends. Here are just a few tips when ordering Margaritas when you go out.
If you go to a Mexican Restaurant…Order Top Shelf! Whether you prefer an anejo or silver tequila (I prefer Reposado, but I enjoy them all) name which tequila you would like DO NOT ORDER just a margarita. Most of the time it will not be very good unless you specify, because they may use nasty sweet and sour mix and non-fresh ingredients. When you order state you would like a Don Julio Reposado tequila margarita on the rocks. If you do, notice that they will use agave/or simple syrup (2 parts sugar, 1 part water) and fresh lime with cointreau or triple sec (orange liqueur) as opposed to the dreaded cheap pre-made mix that makes your margarita too sweet, too tart, and all around disgusting.
If you go to a Craft Cocktail bar…Order any kind of Margarita! You will know if it is a craft bar if there is a bunch of different bitters bottles lying around. It’s a dead giveaway. Another sign is spotting whole oranges/lemons/limes lying around not cut in wedges. These bars will pretty much always have a decent well tequila and they will be using fresh ingredients in your margarita so you shouldn’t have to worry.
If you go to a Dive Bar or most Nightclubs…Do Not order a Margarita…it’s probably going to be gross. Cocktails were not made to thrive from spots like these. You are better off ordering a beer, wine, shot, or 2 ingredient mixed drink (i.e. gin & tonic, vodka & soda). But if you must have my beloved favorite drink…order tequila on the rocks, ask for some citrus (limes or lemons wedges to squeeze yourself) and if your desperate to make it sweeter maybe add some stevia or sugar out of the packets. It’s not ideal but I would take it over some of the shit I have been served at places like this any day. ***tequila with a splash of grapefruit, not a substitute but an alternative
If you go to Happy Hour…Only Order a margarita when they have fresh ingredients OR it’s a craft cocktail bar! Few happy hours legitimately give you the same margarita they would give you during normal business hours at a discount, so pay attention and ask questions. Unfortunately some spots dumb their margaritas down with the nasty sweet and sour mix and use way too much triple sec so again it’s very sweet and very tart with no balance . Yuck! Check out what are you getting before you commit to ordering.