There are a lot of things that go into making a margarita–the tequila, the lime juice, the triple sec, and more. Although there are a lot of different recipes for margaritas, they usually have one thing in common: margarita mix. But, what is even in a margarita mix, and how do you make a margarita with a mix?
Today, we will answer all those questions and more, and we'll also give you some tips on how to make the perfect margarita using mixers. Wondering what salt to use for margaritas? Check out our recent post.
What are the Ingredients in a Margarita Mix?
The main ingredients in a store-bought margarita mix are lime juice, artificial flavors, and large amounts of sugar, typically in the form of corn syrup. Some pre-made margarita mixes already contain the alcohol, too, such as Jose Cuervo Golden Margarita, a signature cocktail of Grand Marnier Liqueur and Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila, plus a splash of lime for a smooth consistency.
How to Make A Margarita at Home–With or Without Mix
Now that we know the ingredients that margarita mixers use, let's talk about how to make a margarita with a mix and without. When it comes to making a margarita, there are two schools of thought–using fresh ingredients or using a store-bought mix. If you're looking for the perfect margarita, we recommend using fresh ingredients. However, if you're short on time or want a margarita that is easier to make, using a store-bought mix is definitely the way to go.
To make a margarita with fresh ingredients, you will need lime juice, tequila, triple sec, simple syrup or sugar, and ice. Start by adding the lime juice and tequila to a shaker filled with ice. Then, add the triple sec and syrup or sugar and shake well. Once everything is mixed together, strain it into a glass over ice and enjoy!
If you're using a store-bought mix, the process is much simpler–just splash some mix into a shaker, add your favorite tequila, shake with ice, strain over a glass with ice, then enjoy!
One thing we haven't mentioned is that many people love a margarita glass that's rimmed with salt. Salt, when chosen properly, can really add another dimension of flavor to your margarita. While there are many different types of salts that can be used for margaritas, and one of the most popular is salt that is not iodized. This type of salt has a mild flavor and is readily available at most grocery stores, typically in the form of sea salt. Another option is to use a flavored salt, such as lime or chili salt, which can give your Margaritas a unique flavor.
No matter how you make your margarita, be sure to enjoy it responsibly. Salud!
Benefits of Using Fresh Ingredients Instead of Store-Bought Margarita Mixes
When it comes to taste, fresh ingredients always win. There's no doubt about it–a margarita made with fresh lime juice, tequila, and triple sec will usually taste better than one made with a store-bought mix. If you're looking for the best possible flavor, we recommend using fresh, natural ingredients.
In addition to taste, using fresh ingredients has another big advantage: it's better for you! Store-bought mixes often contain high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, and other unhealthy ingredients. When you make your margarita with fresh ingredients, you know what's going into it and can be sure that it's better for you. Lastly, making your margarita with fresh ingredients is more fun! It's a great way to show off your bartending skills and impress your guests.
In conclusion, margaritas are a delicious and refreshing drink that can be enjoyed by adults anywhere, and are perfect for summer gatherings or parties, and are easy to make. The ingredients in a homemade margarita mix are simple and affordable, so you can easily enjoy this drink without breaking the bank.
Head to your nearest grocery store or liquor store and pick up the ingredients necessary to make this tasty summer cocktail. Once you have everything you need, mix it up, and prepare to indulge in a delicious treat!