My father-in-law and I enjoy margaritas when we go out for mexican food and wanted to bring the experience home. Problem is, the couple of attempts I've done so far have fallen short. We prefer them on the rocks.
Jose Cuervo Margarita Mix + followed recipe on bottle:
1.5 oz. 1800 Gold Tequila and 4.5 oz. of margarita mix
Added about an ounce to the above of fresh squeezed lime juice.
Result: better but not great
Attempt #2 - this recipe
1.5 oz. 1800 Gold Tequila and 0.5 oz. of Cointreau and 1 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
Result: very strong alcohol; not a lot of sweet/sour taste
Same as attempt #2 but in a bigger cup with some sugar dissolved into hot water, extra lemon juice and a splash of margarita mix
Result: I was fairly intoxicated by this point, but I thought it was good.
My big failures - none of my stuff was cold. We served the drinks on the rocks so they got cold, but it took a bit.
My big challenge - salting the rim of a glass + keeping salt on it was harder than I thought. Each drop of ice into the glass sent little sprinkles of salt onto the counter.
My final result - after my first 2 "meh" margaritas, the "bad" margarita got better with each drink. I drank quite a bit more than I should have for a school night...
SO- what's your tried and true and everyone loves margarita recipe?