Cocktail Recipe: Perfect Margarita

Perfect Margarita - A Well Crafted Party

As a blogger in the food, entertaining, and lifestyle category I subscribe to a variety of emails and google alerts that may help spark a post now and again. I tend to not have too much trouble coming up with ideas… as a matter of fact the 25 drafts I have currently SCREAM the opposite. However, sometime an alert pops in that intrigues me. The recent notification that made me actually open my email for once (currently have 500 unread. yuk.) was that National Margarita Day is February 22nd! It intrigued me because margaritas are inherently summer drinks for this gal— an excuse to make one in February…. yes, please!

I received complimentary Tres Agaves Tequila and Margarita Mix as a compliment to my Margarita Day posts. For information on my policies for sponsored posts please read my policies page. All opinions are my own. Thank you to Tres Agaves for sponsoring this post! This post is intended for readers of legal drinking age. As always, drink responsibly. 

Perfect Margarita - A Well Crafted Party

What is your favorite type of Margarita?

A margarita in its simplest form is simply a combination of tequila, triple sec, and lime or lemon juice. Over time the margarita recipe has been altered and changed to represent several drinks with a common thread of tequila and citrus juice.

When ordering a margarita I typically go one of two directions.  I order a top-shelf margarita on the rock or a perfect margarita–both with salt. When making at home I’ll occasionally pull out the blender for a nice frosty, blended margarita or decide to get fancy with it and make an Italian-version that features a hefty shot of Amaretto. I love Amaretto. There are so many ways to make a margarita… fruit flavored, herb garnished, blended, spicy, on the rocks, with beer, with sugar, or simple and classic…the list goes on and on. What is your favorite type of margarita?


Perfect Margarita - A Well Crafted Party

What is a Perfect Margarita?

I’m not talking about what makes a really good or ideal margarita (although, if you ask me, it is all about the proportions of the ingredients) I’m talking… when you see the term “Perfect Margarita” on a menu at a restaurant, what in the world does that mean? In most cases, a Perfect Margarita is a margarita served “up” in a cocktail glass. This margarita may also be considered a Shaken Margarita. I really tend to like my margaritas on the rocks most of the time, but occasionally I want something a tad different. When drinking a perfect margarita you’ll want to have a tequila that you really enjoy the taste of as it will not be as masked or diluted as in a blended or on the rocks margarita.


Perfect Margarita - A Well Crafted Party

How to Make a Perfect Margarita:

You can make your favorite margarita recipe into a perfect margarita by pouring the ingredients over ice in a strainer, shaking until chilled, and straining into a salt-rimmed and chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of lime!

Make a Tres Agaves Perfect Margarita:


  • 1 cocktail shaker filled with ice
  • 1 salt-rimmed and chilled cocktail glass
  • Lime slices
  • 2 oz Tres Agaves Tequila
  • 3/4 oz Triple Sec or Cointreau
  • 1 oz Tres Agaves Margarita Mix

In most of my cocktail making I tend make my own syrups or juice mixes. However, if it is really good and already ready to go for me, I am not above using a pre-made item. The key is taste! I thought the Tres Agaves Margarita Mix was a tasty blend of citrus to sweetness for margaritas. If you do not have the Margarita Mix you can substitute that with a combination of  1/2 oz simple syrup, 1/4 oz lemon juice, and 1/4 oz lime juice.


Perfect Margarita - A Well Crafted Party


Have a very happy Margarita Day today — and, really, every day!

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  1. Happy Margarita Day to you, too! I prefer mine over rocks, too, instead of blended, but I’m a weirdo and don’t love a salted rim. Also, as a rule, I’d advise anyone to avoid margarita specials or any margarita that comes in a pitcher. Yeesh, that’s definitely a recipe for a wicked hangover!
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    Happy National Margarita Day! Great overview of margaritas. I like them in the summer and I’m like Catherine – I’m not a fan of the salted rim on margaritas. But they’re such a fun drink to enjoy with a group of friends! Cheers!

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