Margarita on-the-rocks
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Margarita on-the-rocks
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.8 / 5
The Margarita on-the-rocks is a timeless and versatile cocktail that boasts a harmonious blend of flavors, making it a favorite among cocktail aficionados. This variant of the classic Margarita combines ... more The Margarita on-the-rocks is a timeless and versatile cocktail that boasts a harmonious blend of flavors, making it a favorite among cocktail aficionados. This variant of the classic Margarita combines the boldness of Tequila Reposado with the sweetness of agave syrup and the zesty tang of lime juice, balanced with a hint of Triple Sec for a smooth, citrus-infused sip. A few drops of saline solution and Margarita Bitters add depth and complexity to this drink, enhancing its overall flavor profile. Served in a cocktail glass, this version offers a refreshing and sophisticated experience, perfect for savoring on any occasion. Its well-rounded taste and the enticing balance between sweet and sour notes make the Margarita on-the-rocks a must-try for those who appreciate a well-crafted cocktail.
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Base ingredient
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Tequila Reposado
Alcohol content
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26.17% | 2.12 units *
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Classic

Lowball glass

Ingredients

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30ml 1oz 3cl
5ml 0.17oz 0.5cl
2 drops 2 drops 2 drops
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4 drops 4 drops 4 drops
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22.5ml ¾oz 2.3cl
22.5ml ¾oz 2.3cl

Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Margarita on-the-rocks presents a captivating symphony of flavors, perfectly balancing the robust Tequila Reposado with the fresh zest of lime and the subtle sweetness of Triple Sec and agave syrup. The addition of saline solution and Margarita Bitters artfully enhances the cocktail's depth, creating a multidimensional taste experience that elevates this beloved classic to new heights.

Method
How to make a Margarita on-the-rocks

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Start by adding all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice
Give it a good shake for about 10-15 seconds, or until the exterior of the shaker feels cold and frosted
Then, carefully strain the mixture into a glass that's been filled with fresh ice, ensuring no ice shards or pulp make it through
This method helps to blend the flavors well while chilling the drink perfectly
Enjoy your freshly prepared cocktail right away for the best taste

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What's the origin of the Margarita cocktail?

The Margarita cocktail is believed to have been invented in the late 1930s or early 1940s in Mexico. There are several stories about its origin, but one popular tale credits Carlos 'Danny' Herrera with creating the drink for an aspiring actress named Marjorie King at his restaurant, Rancho La Gloria. However, the true origin remains a subject of debate among cocktail historians.

FAQ

What makes a Margarita 'on-the-rocks' different from other variations?

A Margarita 'on-the-rocks' is served over ice instead of being blended with ice, which is the method used in a frozen Margarita. The on-the-rocks variant generally offers a more robust flavor profile, as the dilution process is slower, allowing the drinker to appreciate the full flavors of the tequila, triple sec, and lime juice without it becoming too watered down too quickly.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I make a Margarita without Triple Sec?

Yes, you can make a Margarita without Triple Sec, although Triple Sec is a traditional ingredient. Some bartenders and enthusiasts might swap it out for other orange liqueurs like Cointreau or Grand Marnier to adjust the flavor profile. In absence of any orange liqueur, you might miss the sweet and citrusy depth it adds, but you can still create a delicious variant by adjusting the balance of other ingredients.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Is there a non-alcoholic version of a Margarita?

Yes, there is a non-alcoholic version of a Margarita, often called a 'Virgin Margarita' or 'Mockarita'. It typically involves substituting the tequila and Triple Sec with non-alcoholic alternatives, like limeade, lemon-lime soda, or a mix of citrus juices, and can include the use of non-alcoholic tequila-flavored syrup. The key is to balance the tart and sweet flavors to mimic the traditional Margarita taste.

FAQ

How important is the type of tequila in a Margarita?

The type of tequila used in a Margarita can significantly affect the cocktail's flavor profile. Tequila Reposado, aged in oak barrels for two to twelve months, offers a smooth taste with a good balance of wood and agave flavors, making it a popular choice for Margaritas. It contributes to a richer, more rounded drink compared to using a Blanco tequila, which provides a sharper, more agave-forward flavor. Your choice depends on personal preference and the taste profile you're aiming for in your Margarita.

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