Saturday, February 14, 2009

Jimmy Buffett Concert Frisco, TX 2007 Margarita Machine

The Margarita is the most common tequila-based cocktail, made with tequila mixed with triple sec and lime or lemon juice, often served with salt on the glass rim.

Mariano Martinez's fourth generation family restaurant business developed the first frozen margarita machine based on the 7-Eleven Slurpee machine using a soft serve ice cream maker "souped up like a car."

We're sure that Mariano would be pleased to see the contemporary evolution of his life's work.

Common ratios for a margarita are:

2:1:1 = (50% tequila, 25% Triple Sec, 25% fresh lime or lemon juice)
3:2:1 = (50% tequila, 33% Triple Sec, 17% fresh lime or lemon juice)
3:1:1 = (60% tequila, 20% Triple Sec, 20% fresh lime or lemon juice)
1:1:1 = (33% tequila, 33% Triple Sec, 33% fresh lime or lemon juice)
although the IBA (IBA Official list of Cocktails) standard is
7:4:3 = (50% tequila, 29% Triple Sec, 21% fresh lime or lemon juice)

The drink is usually served shaken with ice, on the rocks, or blended with ice (the "frozen margarita"). All three methods are frequently served with salt on the rim of the glass. Some bartenders specializing in tequila have the opinion that salt hides the flavor of bad Margaritas made with inferior tequilas. For people who insist on a salt rim, the bartender typically only coats half the glass or offers a straw, so that they can still taste the drink without being obscured by the salt's taste.

While the most common margaritas contain tequila, orange liqueur, lime or lemon juice, and sometimes an additional sweetener, such as simple syrup, many variations are becoming more and more common. Bottled lime juice (which contains sugar) is another method used to add sweetness.

Thanks to Mark S. for checking in from Frisco, TX.

Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, TX. April 28, 2007

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