Tommy’s Margarita
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Tommy’s Margarita
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.45 / 5
Tommy's Margarita is a modern twist on the classic Margarita cocktail, simplified and refined to enhance the natural flavors of its ingredients. Created by Julio Bermejo at Tommy's Mexican Restaurant ... more Tommy's Margarita is a modern twist on the classic Margarita cocktail, simplified and refined to enhance the natural flavors of its ingredients. Created by Julio Bermejo at Tommy's Mexican Restaurant in San Francisco in the 1990s, this version forgoes the traditional orange liqueur in favor of a more pure taste, highlighting the agave flavor. It combines the freshness of lime juice with the earthy notes of tequila, sweetened by the rich, velvety texture of agave syrup. Served in a cocktail glass, Tommy's Margarita is known for its clean, crisp profile that balances acidity, sweetness, and the robust spirit of tequila, making it a beloved choice for tequila aficionados and cocktail enthusiasts alike.
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30% | 1.8 units *

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Ingredients

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15ml ½oz 1.5cl
45ml 1½oz 4.5cl
2 bar spoons 2 bar spoons 2 bar spoons

Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

Tommy’s Margarita champions simplicity while allowing the quality of ingredients to shine—its makeup of tequila, lime juice, and agave syrup forms a trinity where the tangy zestiness of lime cuts through the rustic, earthy sweetness of agave, both beautifully enfolding the robust spirit of tequila. This cocktail's absence of orange liqueur centers the spotlight on the tequila's flavor, making each sip a pure expression of agave that perfectly melds with the lime's refreshing kick, offering a cleaner, more focused taste than the classic version.

Method
How to make a Tommy’s Margarita

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice
Shake well then strain into chilled cocktail glass and serve

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·  Shake  ·  Strain  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of Tommy's Margarita?

Tommy's Margarita was created in the early 1990s by Julio Bermejo at Tommy's Mexican Restaurant in San Francisco, California. It is a variation of the classic Margarita, distinguished by its use of agave syrup instead of the traditional orange liqueur.

FAQ

What makes Tommy's Margarita different from a classic Margarita?

The main difference between Tommy's Margarita and a classic Margarita is the substitution of agave syrup for the orange liqueur (such as Triple Sec or Cointreau) found in traditional recipes. This switch highlights the agave flavor of the tequila and makes the drink slightly sweeter and smoother.

FAQ

Can I use any type of tequila for Tommy's Margarita?

While you can technically use any type of tequila, it is highly recommended to use a high-quality, 100% agave tequila, preferably a blanco (silver) or reposado, for the best flavor. The emphasis on agave in this cocktail means the choice of tequila will significantly affect the outcome.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

How should I serve Tommy's Margarita?

Tommy's Margarita is best served in a cocktail glass, often chilled but without ice (straight up). Before serving, the glass can be rimmed with salt, although this is optional and based on personal preference. The cocktail itself should be thoroughly shaken with ice before being strained into the glass.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Is there a non-alcoholic version of Tommy's Margarita?

Yes, you can create a non-alcoholic version of Tommy's Margarita by substituting the tequila with a non-alcoholic spirit that has a similar flavor profile, such as a non-alcoholic agave spirit. The lime juice and agave syrup remain the same, allowing you to enjoy a similar taste experience without the alcohol.

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