Cointreau Taught Me How to Make the Perfect Margaritas

 
 From L to R: Jessica   @ThisSeasonsGold   and Martha Luna   @MDollNYC    Photographer: Elizabeth Shrier / Cointreau 

From L to R: Jessica @ThisSeasonsGold and Martha Luna @MDollNYC

Photographer: Elizabeth Shrier / Cointreau 

Here’s How to Make the Perfect Margarita

Margaritas have been my go-to drink for as long as I could remember. I think it’s the sweet and sour taste that I like or the fact that you can have it so many ways. They come in a variety of flavors, on-the-rocks or frozen, and even with mini champagne bottle inside. My preference? On-the-rocks with a salted rim but I opt for a frozen mango margarita when the temperature starts rising.

You would think that after so many years sipping on margaritas that I would know how to make it. I definitely didn’t up until I attended a margarita class with my girlfriends, Jessica and Martha hosted by Cointreau. We learned a few tips on making this classic drink and a little about the history as well. Did you know that the Original Margarita all started by Margarita Sames in Acapulco, Mexico? The socialite mixed Tequila and Cointreau and served it to her guests in 1948.

Below are two margarita recipes from my night with Cointreau. You can easily make all three at home. Trust me. I made the Original Margarita below and it turned out great. I even listed a few items that are great to have handy for making these cocktails.

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The Original Margarita

1 oz Cointreau

2 oz Blanco Tequila

1 oz Fresh Lime Juice

Directions:

Mix Cointreau with tequila in a cocktail shaker. Add 1 oz of lime juice or cut limes in half and squeeze 2-3 halves in the shaker. Add ice and shake until the shaker starts to frost. Grab your glass and use one of the limes to rub the rim of the glass. Have the salt ready on a saucer or small plate and dip the rim in sugar, salt or whatever you’re in the mood for. Finish it off with a slice of lime for garnish and sip! 

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Spicy Strawberry Margarita

1 oz Cointreau

1 ¼ oz Tequila

¼ oz Fresh Lime Juice

3-4 Strawberries

Directions:

Muddle strawberries in the cocktail shaker. Add 1 oz of Cointreau, 1 ¼ oz of tequila and squeeze fresh limes into the shaker. Add ice and shake it up until the shaker starts to frost. Rim your class with sugar or cinnamon, strain over ice and enjoy!

Cocktail Kit Basics:

Barillio Bartender Kit, $19.93

Zulay Kitchen Citrus Press Juicer, $15.99

Save these recipes for your next girls night or when you just want to be transported to a tropical island. ¡Salud!