Enter the Margarita. This classic cocktail is the most popular drink to use Tequila - and why not? It's delicious. There are a few different variations on the drink, but the one that I like to use involves the following ratio:
2 parts good Tequila, often a Reposado Tequila.
1.5 parts Orange Liqueur or Triple Sec - in this case, the one and only Cointreau
1 part fresh squeezed lime juice.
(Optional) 1 part of less simple syrup, or to taste.
|Ice cold Cointreau is just begging to be|
added to a top-shelf margarita!
|Since 1849, Remy Cointreau has been|
a premium orange liqueur!
As far as quality? Well, Cointreau is top shelf, there is no question. And when making a drink, the you get out of it what you put into it. I personally am of the opinion that life is too short to be drinking garbage, and that you should spend a little more to get something nice. Cheap triple secs by.. brands I won't even name are just that; cheap. They aren't derived from real oranges, they are basically cheap alcohol mixed with artificial flavoring and they tend to result in a pretty poor drink. That isn't to say that there aren't other good premium triple secs that you can find.. stay tuned to the blog for those :) But you really shouldn't skimp.
|Cointreau is expensive, but you get what you pay for.|
Cointreau is expensive - the 375ml bottle pictured here costs around $20, and it maintains it's high price point wherever you go more or less, so enjoy it responsibly and in small amounts :)
|The label is classic and unmistakable. Making a top-shelf cocktail with orange? You need Cointreau orange liquor.|