every man, once he passes the beer only or the tumbler of rum (or jack) + coke phase of drinking, needs to learn how to make a good cocktail. it needs to be one that he likes, impresses his friends + becomes a signature drink his lady friends brag about.
the first drink, that could be your drink, is the margarita.
probably the most bastardized cocktail on the planet. i have to admit, i started drinking margaritas, probably underage, using chi-chi’s “authentic” original or strawberry margarita right out of the 2 litre bottle. i remember a phase in college that i very much took part of drinking the infamous upside down margarita that is mixed directly in your mouth. i remember doing this with a group of guys at our apartment and at the frat house in college. all that was needed was a bottle of montezuma tequila + mr. boston’s margarita/sour mix. together they cost less than $8. the bottles needed to be cold + almost frozen. the person partaking had to sit in a chair with his head back, mouth open with a dish towel around his neck. the “mixer” would then pour equal parts of the cold concoction directly in his mouth until his fist rose, which meant enough.
the kind of margarita i like to make now is nothing like these two i just described.
i gained an appreciation for the REAL margarita after moving to dallas, texas in 1994. anyone who lives in dallas knows all of the awesome mexican and tex-mex restaurants it has to offer. these are all places i love. and their margaritas are all so different. you gotta get the steak nachos at mi cocina and the frozen margarita in a frozen fishbowl schooner loaded with salt. or go right now to javier’s, where i get the rojo fish and their top shelf margarita served in a stemmed blown glass goblet. lastly, there is our beloved blue goose on lower greenville. always get the fajita combo (god, are those good!) with their signature on- the-rocks sour margarita in a large tumble. it goes down way too easy. two nights before my (+ the appreciators) wedding, we went there with my sister, Susan, and my brother in law and group of folks. we were way over served pitchers of these margaritas but matched it with a platter of fajitas.
after 15 + years of working on my perfect margarita that i like to serve to guests at home with a mexican meal or just on the back patio with friends and family is this:
ROF’s epic margarita
2 oz cointreau liqueur
2 oz simple syrup (any brand or homemade)
juice of 4 whole limes
cup of ice
place all ingredients into a martini shaker and shake briskly for 2 minutes. put additional ice cubes in a short waterford cocktail glass and pour in your mixture.
and as i often have to tell my sister-in-law, katie:
this is a sipping drink!