25th August 2021

There is nothing like a cocktail to set the tone for an evening, which is why I love creating cocktails for friends and family.

There is an alchemy that results from mixing spirits and liqueurs. The outcome is such enticing drinks that it makes even the most reticent among us want to celebrate and socialise. 

One of our family favourites is a gin and tonic made with pink grapefruit slices and basil - even my virtually teetotal Granny loves it, but when there is a gathering with friends, nothing does it quite like a margarita in my opinion.

The drink itself is of course a thing of elemental, simple beauty: three or four core ingredients, no muss, no fuss. But like so many other classic cocktails, the quality of the margarita you ultimately make is contingent upon how well you truly understand those ingredients; which ones you choose; and the ratios/method with which you prepare the drink. As with so many other simple drinks, there can be more to a well-made margarita than meets the eye.

With that in mind, here is a basic starting point for a great margarita:

— 50ml blanco or reposado tequila

— 20ml orange liqueur/triple sec

— 25ml lime juice

— salt

How to mix:

1.         Chill your glass (the easiest way is to fill it with ice)
2.         Put lots of ice and all of the ingredients (excluding the salt!) into a shaker, then shake hard for about 30 seconds to
       chill the liquid really well
3.         Run a lime wedge around the outside rim of your glass before rolling the rim in salt
4.         Strain the mix into the glass

If you fancy something a bit more exotic, why not try a pina colada or an espresso martini..?

Have a go, experiment, and enjoy!