Tonight's Cocktail - Margarita

Larry Trask / Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 8:08 a.m. / Cocktail

Jack Keroauc loved Mexico. He loved,above all the freedom he felt in a country that, it seemed to him, had less of a desire to see him in jail. And he loved "the good old saloons of real Mexico where there were girls at a peso a dance and raw tequila". Kerouac had a profound impact of such writers as Hunter S. Thompson and Ken Kesey who, of course, changed the course of the 1960s.

In honor of Mr. Keroauc (and Mexico), tonight during The Cocktail Hour, we'll be featuring the noble margarita. There are many ways to make a margarita, and to a great degree, the proper method is a matter of personal taste. One thing is critical, however, and that is the use of fresh lime juice. It takes a little extra time, but the rewards are manifest.  


1.5 oz. silver tequila
1 oz. Cointreau
0.5 oz. lime juice
Lime wedge
Coarse salt (optional)

Pour all ingredients except salt into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with lime wedge.  Optional:  rub rim of glass with lime and press into a plate of salt prior to filling glass with marg.