A margarita is often considered a staple cocktail, regardless of the situation or occasion. Making the perfect margarita can sometimes be daunting because most individuals prefer different flavor profiles of sweet versus sour or salt versus sugar, and that’s not even to mention the type and brand of tequila used to make this iconic drink. 

Before we dive in and start to make the perfect margarita, let’s understand the processes and unique techniques required to produce a batch of tequila. 

Tequila can only be produced in five areas of Mexico. The agave fields are harvested by skilled craftsmen called jimadores, who tirelessly groom and cultivate the agave plants. Once the agave has reached its maximum size, which often takes 7 to 10 years of growth, the jimadores harvest and prep the agave for baking. Each of the five regions in Mexico yields a uniquely distinguishable difference in soil, temperature, humidity, and flavor profile in the agave harvested.

This is where the magic happens as the baking process begins to awaken the inner flavors of each agave plant. From there, the juices are extracted and placed into large tanks for fermenting and distilling.

After the distilling process, tequila can be aged or bottled immediately, depending on the type and batch of tequila in production. The types of tequila range from Blanco, Gold, Reposado, Anejo, and Extra Anejo, to name a few. Tequila that is aged sits in barrels to create unique earthy flavors, unlike any other spirit. 

Now that we have a little background and appreciation for the base of our perfect margarita, let’s get out our mixing tins, tequila, and other ingredients needed to create a consumable work of art.

Ingredients needed:

2 oz El Tequileno Reposado Tequila

1/2 oz Cointreau

1/4 oz Simple Syrup

2 oz Lime Juice

1/4 oz Orange Juice

Lime Wedge Garnish 


First, we add our lime and orange juice into our shaker. Next, we add the simple syrup, Cointreau and El Tequileno Reposado tequila. Lastly, we fill the shaker with ice, place on the lid, and shake it for 5 to 10 seconds. 

Grab your glass, rim it with salt, add fresh ice and garnish with a lime wedge. Now pour yourself that perfect margarita!

This recipe is a perfect balance of sweet and sour, creating a savory unforgettable experience that yields a lasting impression of a margarita, unlike anything you’ve ever had. The caramel notes of the El Tequileno Reposado make this drink an instant favorite. 

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