Cocktail of the Day: Mama Stephens’ Margarita

I decided on this particular cocktail because my mother turned 65 yesterday and I wanted to write this in honor of her birthday. My mother made me my first margarita. She started letting me drink her margaritas when I was about 18, though she’d let me steal sips since I was a bit younger.

1 part Tequila in a glass
The lines in the glass help

The recipe is super simple, but the results pack a punch and it’s a highly requested drink at parties over the years. The tricky thing about making a margarita, at least in my experience is that it’s a drink made in batches, not individually. Since it’s a quintessential summer, beach drink, you make a container (see clear plastic pitcher), put it on ice and drink it throughout the day. So, the recipe itself is the measurements for one large batch, while I’m going to make a single serving for the purpose of this piece.

The recipe goes:

  • 1 or 1 and ½ parts tequila
  • 2 parts margarita mix
  • ½ part Triple Sec

In a large container, you add in all the ingredients and shake to the rhythm of the song “Tequila.” Now, the tequila you use is up to you. My mom sometimes likes to use 1800 because she likes it better than Patrón in her margaritas, but I’m broke, so good old Jose Cuervo does just fine.

Now, we do use store bought mix (I know, sacrilege) but I’m looking into making my own. For this demonstration, I have the Jose Cuervo margarita mix, but that’s only because I can never find my all time favorite whose name I can’t remember, but I always knew it by the bottle. So, I pour about an inch (or two) of tequila into a glass, add the mix till about an inch is left in the glass and then pour in a bit of Triple Sec. Voila!

Margarita in a glass with a starfish

There are a few different things you can add to this recipe. A friend of the families always likes to add a little Grand Mariner, but for the love of all that is good and holy, do NOT use orange juice. That would be like calling vodka cocktail a martini.

By Stephens

Florida girl, would-be world traveler and semi-permanent expat. Her main strategy of life is to throw out the nets and hope something useful comes back, but many times it's just an old shoe. She also really, really hates winter and people who are consistently late.

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