Margaritas Two Ways

by The Gilded Fork

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We prefer our margaritas on the rocks, in their traditional glory, so skip the blender and shake, shake, shake! Given the simplicity of this cocktail, the quality of the ingredients is the most important contributing factor to the flavor of the drink. This is not the time to use bargain liquors! The first recipe is the classic version, but we’ve also developed quite a love for the Partida margarita, which is simplicity at its finest (it’s also the best we’ve ever had, bar none).

Makes one cocktail


1 ounce premium Tequila
1 1/3 ounces Cointreau
2/3 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
Coarse salt
Lime wedge for garnish


Rub the rim of a margarita or martini glass with a lime wedge and dip upside down into a saucer of coarse salt.

Add the Tequila, Cointreau and lime juice to a cocktail shaker that has been filled with large ice cubes. Shake until your hands can’t take the cold for one second more, then strain into the glass. Serve immediately.

Partida Margarita


1 1/2 oz. Partida tequila (we recommend Blanco for this)
Juice of one lime
3/4 oz. agave nectar
3/4 oz. pure water


Shake all ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice. Taste. Add more lime juice for additional tartness, or more agave nectar for additional sweetness.

Serve in a glass on the rocks. No salt, no garnish.

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